Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 29th, 2016

Pain, Leaving the Body, Spiritual Realities or Illusion? © Charles T. Tart 2016 Why are we here?  What should we do?  Why does it hurt so much sometimes?  Can’t we just be given Certain Answers from Spirit?  And….   One of my friends, let’s call him Ralph, is a very interesting and thoughtful person.  He […]

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Years ago I gave up attempting to learn to meditate.  I’d tried it many ways and decided that meditation must call for some special talent that I lacked.  Then my wife Judy and I met Shinzen Young at a conference — and decades later I’m still meditating regularly, even teaching a basic webinar on meditation […]

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This is a modification and addition of draft version of a chapter to appear in Kaklauskas, Clements, Hocoy, & Hoffman (Eds.), Shadows & Light: Theory, Research, and Practice in Transpersonal Psychology, to be published in 2016 or 2017 by University Professors Press   The Importance of Curiosity: In Transpersonal Psychology, in Spiritual Development Charles T. […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on June 8th, 2016

  CCCE:  Concentration, Clarity, Curiosity, Equanimity Charles T. Tart I teach a three-week web course on meditation and mindfulness a few times each year, giving students basic understanding and practice in developing essential skills for meditation practice, but even more for their eventual mindfulness application to everyday life.  Our mind can working in kind of […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on February 15th, 2016

Impermanence:  Why Do Buddhists Go On and On About It? Charles T. Tart I have been very interested in Buddhism for many years.  Two reasons are its emphasis on psychology, what you do with your mind, and its emphasis on meditation, which I see as a way of developing what you might call a microscope […]

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How to Meditate in Public Without Looking Like You’re the Kind of Weirdo Who Meditates… Charles T. Tart I’ve been talking with a friend lately has had to move to a new home, such that a 2  hour long commute to and from the airport every week is part of life now, and she’s not […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 8th, 2015

Why Our Emotions Drive Us Crazy: Take 1, They Have To Shout! Charles T. Tart As usual, these are thoughts-in-process… As a person who likes to think of himself as a rational individual, I have often been amazed, embarrassed, and blown away by the way a feeling, an emotion, suddenly arises and takes over my […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on November 25th, 2015

Doubt and Belief as Energies: Handicap and Powerhouse, or… Charles T. Tart Copyright © 2015 Charles T. Tart  These are some of my ongoing musings about doubt. belief, and how you get to better understandings of reality, very important aspects of life.  For those very attached to their beliefs and doubts, though, I should warn […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on October 24th, 2015

From Sarcasm To Blessing: Setting The Perceptual Filters I was looking for something to read with my breakfast today, and found a book by Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth, which I had picked up from our local library’s free box.  Who can resist a free box?  And I’ve always admired Mark Twain for his […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 29th, 2015

PASCAL’S WAGER: To Believe or Not Believe in God.  Or?  Charles Tart Yesterday (9-28-15) there was an excellent opinion article by philosopher Gary Gutting in the NY Times on Pascal’s wager.   I think my reflections on it, emailed to Professor Gutting, might spark some interesting thoughts.   PASCAL’S WAGER:  the argument that it is in one’s […]

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