Dr. Charles T. Tart on May 27th, 2012

I have never been interested in golf or played it, unless you want to count less than a dozen instances over 50 years where friends took me to play miniature golf.  So in 1971 when Psychic magazine asked me to do a review of Michael Murphy’s new book, Golf In The Kingdom, I was a […]

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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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Dr. Charles T. Tart on January 25th, 2012

Twenty five hundred years ago, Gautama Siddhartha, the historical Buddha, had some deep insights and created powerful techniques that would allow major reductions of human suffering.  Traditionally the Buddha is said to found a total end to all suffering.  Perhaps that’s true, perhaps it’s not.  I don’t know, but certainly Buddhist meditation techniques and related […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on November 5th, 2011

A colleague of mine was inspired hearing about the Brian Green show (Nova: The Fabric of the Cosmos) this week on the universe, especially the parts about “dark matter” and “dark energy.”  He tended to see it as validating religion.  I’m all for validating or reinforcing the best aspects of religion and spirituality – after […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 19th, 2010

Lately I’m finding it useful to think of myself (and others) as “intention fields,” intermeshed sets of intentions, some reinforcing, some contradictory, that certainly control the way my mind functions, including the way I perceive reality and perhaps, to some extent, the very functioning of external reality itself.  I was recently stimulated to try to […]

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Several of you have pointed out that a person doesn’t have to have “spiritual” reasons for being nice to others, and that’s true. [I’m putting quotes around “spiritual” to remind us it’s a tricky word, we’ll have to try to make clearer one of these days] So let me stir the pot a little as […]

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