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 June 22nd, 2014

The other day I was meditating (insofar as I can actually do it), aiming to observe the flow of experience, one thing flowing into another, with equanimity, concentration and clarity, as Shinzen Young defines one way to meditate.  As usually happens for me, I had slipped part way into the hypnagogic state, less aware of […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 19th, 2013

Last weekend my wife and I remotely attended, via streaming video, a number of talks at the Buddhist Geeks conference.  Who are the Buddhist geeks?  A small but growing group of people, headed by Vincent Horn, that takes a very serious interest in Buddhism and meditation traditions, combined with high technological sophistication, the “geek” part, […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on July 17th, 2013

My apologies to my readers for not having posted anything here for too long..  I have been heavily involved in writing an invited book chapter on hypnosis and meditation, and I have another very complicated chapter in another book that I’m obligated to do on the nature of experiments once we allow for experimenter effects […]

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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” […]

Continue reading about Some Notes on the Nature of “Concentration” in Concentrative and Insight Types of Meditation

[this is easily-read material about meditation that gets more and more generalized as I develop it.  I feel I should develop it as a formal contribution to the Transpersonal Psychology literature, but knowing I’m not going o have time to do that in the immediate future, have decided to put it up here on the […]

Continue reading about Temporal Width of the Window of Observation (TWWO): Aspects of Vipassana Meditation Considered from a Systems Approach

I’ve told some of you before that I always feel a little embarrassed when I “promote” my own books, even though I realize that’s stupid to feel that way.  It’s not like I’m trying to sell some inferior product to people, I spend an enormous amount of time writing a book to share knowledge that […]

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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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Dr. Charles T. Tart on July 23rd, 2012

With my GlideWing online workshop on meditation and mindfulness coming up in a few weeks (www.glidewing.com), I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make it a good experience for my students, as well as reflecting on my own life and career and what I’ve been able to contribute. Reflecting on my career as a […]

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