Charles teaches at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, at the University of California, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He was also involved in the government-funded parapsychological research at Stanford Research Institute.
Charles is internationally known for his research with altered states, transpersonal psychology and parapsychology. His 13 books include two classics, Altered States of Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychologies. Three books, Waking Up, Living the Mindful Life and, his latest, Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People synthesized Buddhist, Sufi and Gurdjieffian mindfulness training ideas with modern psychology. A recent book, Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality, explores the scientific foundations of transpersonal psychology to show it is possible to be both a scientist and a spiritual seeker. His primary goals are to build bridges between the scientific and spiritual communities and to help bring about a refinement and integration of Western and Eastern approaches to personal and social growth.
Sunday, April 27 -- 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Aspects of Enlightenment: Some Views from the Bottom Up
Many of us want to grow spiritually, to try to attain some sort of condition of grace or "enlightenment." Charles Tart will share his latest thinking, questioning and ideas for research on what this might mean in practice. What sort of method or path is the best way, or even a good way, for particular people, for example? Where do altered states fit in the picture? Are we limited by our brains? Do we all end up in the same enlightened place or are there many desirable end points we might call growth or enlightenment? Can this search for enlightenment actually be an avoidance of real growth? How does our personal and our cultures' world view affect what is possible here? When are we really growing and when are we fooling ourselves? Can unenlightened people like us have any useful understandings about enlightenment?