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Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People [NOOK Book]


Rich with lucid instructions and practical insights, Mind Science dispels the metaphysical haze that all too often surrounds the subject of meditation. Based on a lively workshop with fellow scientists, this book shows how the pragmatic and scientifically-inclined among us can bring mindfulness into everyday life without religious baggage.

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Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People

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Rich with lucid instructions and practical insights, Mind Science dispels the metaphysical haze that all too often surrounds the subject of meditation. Based on a lively workshop with fellow scientists, this book shows how the pragmatic and scientifically-inclined among us can bring mindfulness into everyday life without religious baggage.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044849082
  • Publisher: D. Patrick Miller
  • Publication date: 8/29/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 733 KB

Meet the Author

Charles Tart pioneered the field of consciousness studies decades ago when he was one of the first Western Scientists to promote the study of the physiological and psychological effects of meditation practice. Currently a Professor of Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, as well as a core faculty member of the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, Tart has authored more than 250 articles in leading professional journals. Dr. Tart is a rare combination of scientist/ laboratory researcher, serious student of spiritual disciplines, and talented educator.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Dedication xi
Introduction 1
The Tucson III Workshop 11
Ch 1 Science and Meditation are Compatible 15
Ch 2 Concentrative Meditation 31
Ch 3 Practice: Concentrative Meditation 41
Ch 4 Opening Up Meditation, Vipassana 67
Ch 5 Practice: Vipassana 73
Ch 6 Links, Expansions, Concepts 93
Ch 7 Self-Observation, Self-Remembering in Everyday Life 103
Ch 8 Practice: Self-Remembering 123
Ch 9 Toward A Science of Consciousness 149
Ch 10 Practice: Vipassana to Self-Remembering 193
Ch 11 Taking the Practices into Life 197
Notes 217
Appendix I Sources of Further Information and Training 219
Appendix II The Archives of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences 223
Appendix III References 227
Index 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2000

    Break Free of Habituation... Into Real Consciousness

    This excellent meditation guide book is written in the form of a one-day seminar that Charles Tart conducted for the University of Arizona's 'Toward a Science of Consciousness' meeting in Tucson in 1998. While there are many books written on the subject of what meditation is and how to go about meditating, few can match the hands-on feeling of being in a meditation class that this book offers. Right from the beginning, this book grabbed my attention by describing the differences between scientism (the tendency to consider scientific theories to be 'laws') and open-minded, objective science. By pointing out this as well as other common habitual thinking traps we often fall into, Tart's book helps the reader learn to recognize the way we can become aware of our mechanical, habitual thought patterns. Tart clearly describes concentrative meditation and opening-up meditation (aka 'vipassana') techniques in a straightforward manner that is easy enough for beginners to put into immediate practice. I was glad to see that questions and answers that arose in the workshop were included in this book, because they often addressed the same concerns that were going through my mind as I tried out each meditative technique. As an extra bonus, Tart's book describes the range of states of consciousness we experience, and how we can awaken from the sleep of ordinary consciousness where we are primarily reacting to external stimuli. Tart has a real talent for illuminating the highlights in consciousness research, and sharing some of the most important findings in simple language. Tart's down-to-Earth practicality is his great gift as a writer -- he brings complex issues into clear focus without losing the main ideas along the way. If you've been waiting until an easy-to-understand yet comprehensive meditation book came along, you're in luck. This is it!

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