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 16th, 2015

Talking with my wife Judy about dreams a few days ago, I partly remembered a fascinating dream from years before that may have been telepathic.  I knew my memory was not quite complete, though: maybe I had notes somewhere?  Yes!  Here it is, and it’s fascinating. One day as I was teaching my Altered States […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 11th, 2015

Grappling with the Angel/Devil of “Non-Duality” [An expanded version of this essay will be published in 2015 in the journal Creativity & Collective Enlightenment] As one outcome of my posting an essay on the origins of my proposal to create the state specific sciences, in the previous post, my friend and colleague, Russell Tart, physicist […]

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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 May 11th, 2015

Is Meditative Observation Fast Enough? Charles T. Tart Initial Draft:  May 11, 2015 One of my tasks as a transpersonal psychologist is to compare knowledge and theories about observations and beliefs/theories from traditional spiritual paths with modern scientific knowledge, hopefully to the mutual benefit of both.  The following is some speculation along that line.  I […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 18th, 2015

March 18, 2015.  This needs more expansion, refinement, editing, but since I’m going off on a meditation retreat in a couple of days I’m liable to lose track of this (samsara sucks, as you’ll see) so want to get something up here. Samsara Sucks… But Attention/Intention Can Unstick It Thoughts on automatization, samsara, freedom, meditation, […]

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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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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 24th, 2014

Friends and I have been puzzling a lot lately over the descriptions of Buddhist enlightenment as being, among other things, devoid of intention.  Because one’s mind is not attempting are intending to make any aspect of experience opening a particular rules are expectations, a truer, more enlightened consciousness results.  Yet, the paradox, the meditative techniques […]

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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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