Gary Weber

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Gary Weber
Born Gary Weber
Occupation Author, spiritual teacher
Website
happiness-beyond-thought.com

Gary Weber is an American spiritual teacher and author from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania who offers talks, online videos, and a blog on non-duality. As a retired scientist, executive and military officer, Weber has become known for combining a scientific approach to non-duality with traditional techniques of meditation, yoga, and chanting. He is a frequent speaker at the Science and Nonduality Conference and has participated in several high-profile studies on neuroscience and meditation. He is the author of three books, has given numerous talks and interviews, and, with Richard Doyle, has produced a series of online video dialogues on questions related to spirituality, science, and non-duality.

Life

While a Ph.D student at Penn State University, Weber first noted that his brain was producing thoughts that were harmful and irrelevant to his work and his life. As a scientist, he decided to examine these thoughts in a systematic and secular manner, in order to see if he could clear his brain of these useless thoughts. His one condition was that he would do this inquiry outside of religion, as a form of experimenting with his own brain.[1][2] Shortly thereafter he experienced a temporary “kensho” after coming across a buddhist poem, which provided him with a glimpse of a non-dual state.[3][4]

For the next 25 years, Weber explored a number of techniques for examining his thoughts, eventually using various forms of yoga, zen buddhism, and chanting, as well as “self-enquiry’ technique of Ramana Maharshi. One morning, “He got into a yoga pose – a pose he had done thousands of times before – and when he moved out of it his thoughts stopped. Permanently.”[3]

In 2004, Weber he retired from his position as Associate Vice President of Research at Penn State University and began writing and giving talks on his experience.[5]

Neuroscience and Nonduality

Weber has been involved in a number of significant neuroscience studies including studies at Yale, NYU, IONS, Baumann Institute, and CSNSC.[6]

Much of his approach to nonduality focuses on studies in neuroscience, explaining and examining the methodologies of these studies, providing updates on new studies, and applying them to nondual practice.[2][7][8]

Teachings

Despite his involvement in and use of yoga,[9] Buddhism, chanting,[10] and Advaita Vedanta,[11] Weber does not ascribe to any religious tradition nor has he formed any formal organization for his teachings. Instead, he emphasizes a “Do-it-yourself” approach, individual experimentation, and small group teaching. Weber emphasizes meditation and self inquiry (Atma vichara) to wither and eventually extinguish the activity of self referential thought in the default mode network.[12][13]

Bibliography

References

  1. Gary Weber, "Myths about Nonduality and Science", “Science and Nonduality Conference 2015, 2015. Retrieved 9/20/16.
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  3. 3.0 3.1 Jeff Warren (September 26, 2013). "The Neuroscience of Suffering - And its End". Psychology Tomorrow. http://psychologytomorrowmagazine.com/jeff-warren-neuroscience-suffering-end/. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  4. Newman, David (2014). The Timebound Traveler. Nondual Press. p. 97. ISBN 1908664428. https://www.amazon.com/The-Timebound-Traveler-David-Newman/dp/1908664428. 
  5. Gary Weber, [1], “Weber Returns to Private Sector and Retirement. Retrieved 9/24/16.
  6. As Weber notes in his interviews with Rick Archer and presentations at the Science and Nonduality conference, he was involved in the study by Marin Jeffrey (Template:Cite thesis).
  7. Gary Weber, “Three Neural Networks Dancing - "blah, blah", tasking and control”, “Happiness Beyond Thought Blog”, July 26, 2014, Retrieved 9-22-2016
  8. Template:Cite thesis -- Chapter 3 analyzes Weber's approach to neuroscience in combination with Vedanta
  9. Weber was involved and credited in Gary, Kraftsow (October 1999). Yoga for Wellness. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0140195699. 
  10. The Science of No 'I', Spiritual Teachers.org, 24 August 2016, http://www.spiritualteachers.org/gary-weber/, retrieved October 11, 2016 
  11. Weber has published in Ramana Gyan's magazine "Direct Path", e.g. Weber, Gary (September 2016), "How Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi changed my life", Ramana Gyan Direct Path: 15–19, http://www.ramanakendradelhi.org/uploadimages/pdf/pdf2114071086.pdf, retrieved October 11, 2016 
  12. Weber, Gary (Oct 2011), "Where Does This I Arise?: What Does Current Science Say?", Mountain Path  -- This article is not available fully on the web, but Weber summarizes the article here: http://happinessbeyondthought.blogspot.com/2011/11/where-does-this-i-arise-mountain-path.html
  13. Gary Weber The End of Suffering and the Default Mode Network”, “Non-dual Couch,” Sep 27, 2015, Retrieved 9-22-2016

External links

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