Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 20th, 2014

Every once in a while I make some observations or have some ideas about what all this business of being a “self” is about.  Studying Buddhism is particularly challenging in this respect, as it’s central to Buddhism, as I’ve encountered it, that there is no real self, and that clinging to a belief in such […]

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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 29th, 2014

A response to something I had written to a correspondent helped me crystallize some thoughts about Buddhism and spiritual paths that I would like to share.  I will qualify this at first by reminding you, as I’ve done earlier in these postings (http://blog.paradigm-sys.com/740/) that I’m not a Buddhist scholar or an advanced meditator by any […]

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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 18th, 2014

  One of my most wise and productive colleagues in Transpersonal Psychology, Roger Walsh, has just published a book, The World’s Great Wisdom: Timeless Teachings from Religions and Philosophies.  His work helped crystalized some beginning ideas I’ve had about wisdom that I share here. I’m going to keep Walsh’s wisdom book at my place at […]

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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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