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 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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Dr. Charles T. Tart on February 14th, 2014

  Here’s a question I’m posing to some of my experimental parapsychologist colleagues.  It might stretch your imagination a little.  If a good answer turns up, I’ll post something on it. For the last couple of years, my wife and I have been going to classes in Tai Chi Chah, a form of the Chinese […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on April 23rd, 2013

Last week my wife Judy and I had flown to Albuquerque, New Mexico to visit my son David and my daughter-in-law, Candyce.  After spending an enjoyable weekend with them, we drove up to Taos to see the Earthship project, an ingenious and practical way of building partially earth-buried and solar powered dwellings that is one […]

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

Through The Gateway, Deeper Into Death: An Essay/Review Stimulated by Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.  Charles T. Tart  [This essay started off with an intention to be a brief review of and highly positive recommendation for Eben Alexander’s just published book Proof of Heaven, but broadened rapidly into reflections […]

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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 July 25th, 2012

Some colleagues were recently discussing mantras, those special words or phrases whose repetition is supposed to produce spiritual effects of one sort or another.  Traditional lore about them varies widely.  For example some of the lore says you have to pronounce mantras exactly right, because then they resonate with some sort of psychic realm and […]

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

I want to encourage everyone to take another look at Sandy’s comments on my posting about St. Joseph.  Think about it in terms of your own experience or friends’ experience, and comment, here, on what you think would be helpful to Sandy and many other people in her situation. Sandy is someone who’s been corresponding […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on June 2nd, 2012

A few weeks ago I had a crazy and far out idea one morning as I was getting dressed, putting on what friends kid me is my “utility belt,” an iPod PDA in a cell phone holster, my Swiss army knife, my Leatherman tool, then my belt pouch which has a hundred little useful items […]

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Last week I was at a private working conference at Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory and Research, a long-lived conference which is been going on for some 14 years now.  We started out focusing on the problem of postmortem survival: was there good evidence for it?  How could you think deeply about that, though, when […]

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