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

What Is It Like To Be Present?  Charles T. Tart © 2014 Charles T. Tart While listening to a recording of some teachings by lama Tsoknyi  Rinpoche recently, he asked his students what it was like to be present, to be aware of now.  The recording was not sensitive enough to pick up his students’ […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on June 4th, 2014

  Last night my wife and I attended a Buddhist study group that we’ve gone to for some time.  Our hostess has a cat, but the cat, Kiri, is usually confined in the bedroom for a couple of hours because one regular attendee is allergic to cats.  As that person wasn’t there last night, Kiri […]

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The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good: An Obstacle to the Spread of Tibetan Buddhism © 2014 Charles T. Tart While I’m not a good follower of any particular religion or spiritual tradition, I do think enormous amounts of perspectives and practices that increase human wisdom and decrease human suffering are embedded in the […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 15th, 2014

  Some friends and I have been listening to some teachings by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche and thinking about what the idea of “reality” means.  Some reflections I’ve had on this – just a beginning, really – may be interesting to some…. I’m sure our basic, commonsense idea of reality comes from what we […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 30th, 2013

A friend, with considerable practical experience as well as intellectual knowledge of the emphasis on developing mindfulness in both G.  I.  Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way work and in Buddhism recently wrote me about attending a conference on neurophysiology and meditation, where one speaker reported on the positive effects of meditation on a person who was a […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 9th, 2013

Many years ago, while reading P.  D.  Ouspensky’s book, “in Search of the Miraculous,” about the teachings of G. I.  Gurdjieff, I “woke up.”  I’ve never had the words to describe it adequately, and I suspect it’s not possible to describe something like it adequately in words, but suddenly I was in a state of […]

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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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[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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