And Then His Thoughts Stopped
Well, talk about settling down. Imagine that. Check out this introduction to Episode 260 of Buddhist Geeks, [my itals]:
Gary Weber has been a scientist, military officer, senior executive in industry and academia, and is the author of the book Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening. He has practiced Zen meditation, yoga, and philosophy for more than thirty-five years. In 1998, after over 20 thousand hours of various contemplative practices, his thoughts stopped (or very nearly so). We speak with him about what it has been like since then, experiencing nearly no self-referential thoughts or emotions.
Wow. I never really considered that option. Yet, even as a skeptic I suspect it’s possible. I’ve occasionally done some back of the envelope calculations — how long would it take to 10,000 hours — that popular conception of time needed to attain mastery. It takes a while. In any case, I’m off to actually listen to this…