Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 25th, 2014

Religious Parapsychologists? Among the too few scientifically trained and inclined people doing parapsychological research, there is some ongoing tension between the folks (a) who, on the one hand, have advanced training in the material sciences, physics, e.g., and who aim for what we might call “pure” science by the standards of the successful material sciences, […]

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Buddhism and Science: Knowledge Acquisition, Refinement, and Application (KARAS)  A few days after posting this, it occurred to me that the discussion might seem rather abstract to most readers, who cares about this comparison of Buddhism and science anyway?  Is there a practical dimension to all this? Yes, there is a very practical dimension which […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on July 17th, 2014

 I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the various spiritual systems and practices I’ve been involved with over the years, especially the forms of Buddhism I’ve been most involved with in the past decade or two:  how I relate, how I don’t relate, how I fit in, how I don’t fit in.  I started some […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on July 5th, 2014

Am I a Buddhist?  A ____ist?  And/Or?  Science and Spirituality Charles T. Tart As I mix the scientific and spiritual aspects of myself more in later life, I think it would be useful, and honoring today’s wise trend for full disclosure, to write a note on where I am coming from, as it’s complicated, and […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on June 4th, 2014

  Last night my wife and I attended a Buddhist study group that we’ve gone to for some time.  Our hostess has a cat, but the cat, Kiri, is usually confined in the bedroom for a couple of hours because one regular attendee is allergic to cats.  As that person wasn’t there last night, Kiri […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 30th, 2013

A friend, with considerable practical experience as well as intellectual knowledge of the emphasis on developing mindfulness in both G.  I.  Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way work and in Buddhism recently wrote me about attending a conference on neurophysiology and meditation, where one speaker reported on the positive effects of meditation on a person who was a […]

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  They say that life moves faster as you get older, and I’m discovering that it’s true, suddenly realizing that the beginning of my three-week online workshop on Foundations of Mindfulness is beginning this Saturday! I had hoped to make a new introductory video about mindfulness, but life wasn’t very cooperative about providing the time.  […]

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[Resisting my life-long temptation to explain, explain, words, explain, words, explain, inspired on a recent retreat…..]   In the atmosphere of gratitude and bodhicitta, May I be blessed into usefulness!   Now from my experience Not from my word mind…   Practice, practice, practice! In the varieties of meditation Shamatha, insight, devotion, presence Years and […]

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(Draft of 11-11-12 – C. T. Tart) While participating in a meditation intensive practice led by Jeff Warren recently, I noticed he introduced it with a word that I have seldom heard used by many meditation teachers, or at least not given much importance, namely the word curiosity.   I have been thinking about this for […]

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I’ve begun teaching my course on Mindfulness at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now called Sofia University) this week (September 25,2012), and think that some remarks and diagrams I created for my students to help clarify some things about two kinds of concentration and their use in meditation would be of general interest.  While “progress” […]

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