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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Morning dead growing?  Has Professor Tart finally lost his marbles? Although most people in the scientific community seem to have developed a total belief in the monastic, materialist view that consciousness is nothing but an epiphenomenon produced by the brain (and perhaps in conjunction with some other aspects of the nervous system), I and a […]

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  They say that life moves faster as you get older, and I’m discovering that it’s true, suddenly realizing that the beginning of my three-week online workshop on Foundations of Mindfulness is beginning this Saturday! I had hoped to make a new introductory video about mindfulness, but life wasn’t very cooperative about providing the time.  […]

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[Resisting my life-long temptation to explain, explain, words, explain, words, explain, inspired on a recent retreat…..]   In the atmosphere of gratitude and bodhicitta, May I be blessed into usefulness!   Now from my experience Not from my word mind…   Practice, practice, practice! In the varieties of meditation Shamatha, insight, devotion, presence Years and […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on November 22nd, 2012

Charles T Tart (draft of 11-22-12)(There are many refinements and expansions of this essay I want to make, but knowing how busy I’m going to be with other projects in the next few weeks, I think I’d better post it now lest the essence of it get forgotten for too long.) Some colleagues and 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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Back in the late 1960s, when I was collecting material for my anthology Altered States Of Consciousness, I had a hard time finding any scientific literature on meditation.  I was not surprised, as I knew from my graduate education in psychology that very few Western scientists, particularly psychologists, knew anything at all about meditation, and […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 3rd, 2012

[In this and subsequent postings, I’ll be writing about Buddhism, but such writings of mine always need to be qualified.  I’m not a Buddhist scholar, for example, nor am I at all “enlightened” and thus speaking from deep interior knowledge.  Yet I am a sincere student of this particular path of spiritual development (as well […]

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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 February 1st, 2012

Dr. Charles Tart Mindfulness Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 5, Part 9 of 18 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. CTT: How are people doing in your attempts to practice self-remembering when you’re out in the world? And we’ll allow the world to include ITP outside this particular […]

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