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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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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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 7th, 2015

State-Specific Sciences: Altered State Origin of the Proposal Charles T. Tart Perhaps the most important and creative idea I’ve had in my half-century career as a psychologist has been the establishment of state-specific sciences.  The basic idea is to greatly expand our ability to gain knowledge by practicing the essence of science in a variety […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 4th, 2015

            John Forrest Bamberger – Psychedelic Sunset 2 As mentioned in a variety of places, years ago I gave up meditation practice, having  decided that it apparently took a certain kind of talent that I didn’t have, so it was a waste of time for me to continue.  Then I […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on October 1st, 2012

All through my life, I’ve wished that I could reduce or eliminate the suffering that others go through.  I guess this is built into the basic pre-programming that comes with being human.  Most of the time this desire is in relative abeyance and I’m distracted from it, as I’m busy coping with my life.  There […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 16th, 2012

While my wife and I were on our Fall camping vacation last week, I was “meditating” near a pathway in a botanical garden on cliffs over the Pacific while she was taking photos.  The rugged coast of northern California is so beautiful! Since I’m always going on about how useless that word “meditation” is, unless […]

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Pain and Suffering: Some years ago I came across and was very impressed by Shinzen Young’s approximate algebraic formulation of the relationship of suffering to actual physical pain and psychological factors (see http://www.shinzen.org for relevant writings or his book, Break Through Pain: A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Meditation Program for Transforming Chronic and Acute Pain).  Having a […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on January 20th, 2012

Background: Notes on an event in a 50+ year attempt to learn and benefit from spiritual practices…. For some years now, I have been trying various meditation techniques from many world traditions, particularly techniques which meditation teacher Shinzen Young has modified in various ways to make more sense to and be more doable by modern […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on January 15th, 2012

Dr. Charles Tart Mindfulness Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 5, Part 8 of 18 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. CTT: And that’s the problem with concentrative meditation. With concentrative meditation, some people can develop an enormous amount of concentration power, and they can get rid of pain […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 26th, 2011

Dr. Charles Tart Mindfulness Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 5, Part 8 of 18 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. CTT: This third method, doing Vipassana meditation on unpleasant sensations and going into them, is a very interesting method. I strongly recommend Shinzen Young’s book, Break Through Pain, […]

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