Dr. Charles T. Tart on April 6th, 2017

  What Meditation/Mindfulness Does for Me – Quiet Stuff – Part 1 Charles T. Tart “Subtle is significant” – Shinzen Young Recently a meditation teacher colleague of mine asked me what practicing meditation did for me.  Uncharacteristically, I was at a loss for words.  Since I’m not a masochist, and I spend 15 to 30 […]

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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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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 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 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 December 20th, 2014

Every once in a while I make some observations or have some ideas about what all this business of being a “self” is about.  Studying Buddhism is particularly challenging in this respect, as it’s central to Buddhism, as I’ve encountered it, that there is no real self, and that clinging to a belief in such […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on November 6th, 2014

I carry on a rich correspondence with an older cousin, Chaz Walters, who’s an accomplished painter as well as a teacher of Tai Chi.  Here are some thoughts about art, discovery, and the creative process which may be of general interest.  They were triggered by an article he had written that he enclosed with his […]

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