So, here goes. I did actually read the book and I had to gloss over a lot of things in there that sound just off. Like the pain body. I’m going to ignore the fact that the guy is set for life from books sales, Oprah, classes. My questions are to do with what he claims, that thoughts are the result of our suffering. The to stop suffering is to stop thinking, even though I can’t really be sure that happened with him. I mean…how do you prove that someone has stopped thinking? I only have their word, and even then what about the subconscious? Claiming that the now has all these amazing properties when suffering and thinking take place in the now. If suffering was not in the now then his book would be irrelevant.
His other remark was that you are not the mind, and that to break the loop you must become a witness to your thoughts and nothing else. As I was watching the video all I could think was “how do you know this”? Because all I got was a string of claims and that’s it. I didn’t get anything to show this to be so. His claims that love, creativity, and beauty are beyond the mind are patently false. These things can’t be anything but mental. I know that in psychology they found out that we are really “two” and that each half of the brain is capable of knowing things and even believing things the other side doesn’t.
Yet knowing all this I can’t help but wonder why people exalt him so much or say how life changing he is. I know I had an experience when I read the first chapter of his book but that was because I just accepted it and my imagination followed suit. IT was the same for solipsism and idealism. I just wonder why he’s so popular. I read the book and it was hard to buy into all of it. He said animals don’t have a sense of time but that is false, very much so.