Eckhart Tolle



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Ulrich Tolle
Function: 
Spiritual Teacher
Traditions: 
None
Main Countries of Activity: 
Canada, USA
Date of Birth: 
16/2/1948
Place of Birth: 
Germany
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Yes
Ancestor Gurus: 
Other Related Gurus: 
Kim Eng - Tolle's partner and co-teacher

Biography

Early Life

Eckhart Tolle was born Ulrich Tolle, in Germany in a town near Dortmund, to a matter-of-fact mother and an eccentric, head-in-the-clouds father; they fought, then divorced, and his father left the country for Spain.

At the age of 13, he abruptly refused to go to school - "I hated having to study things that were not compatible with my inner being" he said later.

His exasperated mother eventually sent him to live with his father in Spain. "My father said: 'Do you want to go to school here?' I said, of course, 'No.' Then he said: 'Well then, don't. Do what you like. Read.'" Tolle credits his unconventional upbringing with broadening his mind. "Spain at that time was very different than Germany, almost medieval. So I didn't get totally conditioned by one culture. If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it. My conditioning got completely broken, so there was an opening to other world views.

He did not attend formal schooling after age 13, but rather took language and other courses. Later, he attended night colleges to obtain the necessary entrance requirements for studying in a university in England.

In his early 20s he moved to England to study there at the University of London.

Spiritual Transformation

In 1979, at the age of 29, he was a near-suicidal graduate student living in Belsize Park in London, England.

Tolle had just completed a degree in languages and history at the University of London, graduating with a first, yet he was anything but happy.

He said about that:

I'd done well because I was motivated by fear of not being good enough, so I worked very hard.

With no plans for his future, he grew more depressed until, as he puts it:

I couldn't live with myself any longer.

And then he describes being stopped dead by the implications of this sentence:

If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the 'I' and the 'self' that 'I' cannot live with. Maybe, I thought, only one of them is real. I was so stunned by this realization that my mind stopped. I was conscious, but there were no more thoughts.

At that point he experienced a dramatic spiritual transformation and blanked out.

By the following morning, he was flooded with a sense of "uninterrupted deep peace and bliss" that has never left him since. That morning, he writes:

I walked around the city in utter amazement at the miracle of life on earth, as if I had just been born.

From this point, things were different: he no longer identified with the "voice in my head" that was doing the thinking. Instead, he could observe his thoughts, as if from a distance. He could see that they somehow weren't real: that the real him was the consciousness watching the thoughts, not the thoughts themselves. "There was a wonderful sense of peace," he recalled later. "Not a desensitised peace - you can experience that if you take enough drugs, or drink enough. But a peace that was joyful, and alive, and very alert."

After Transformation

The transformation marked the beginning of intense inward journey. Since he had no spiritual background and knowledge before the experience, he began to read and inquire in various spiritul scripts in order to understand his new state.

In parallel, soon after and despite the transformation, Tolle decided to continue his studies and embark on a doctorate in Latin American literature at Cambridge University. But it felt meaningless; he dropped out after a year. He spent the next two years in London, sleeping on friends' sofas, and spending the days on park benches in Russell Square, or sheltering in the British Library. When money ran out, he took a temporary job of doing office admin for the Kennel Club.

He said about that period:

Externally, one would have said 'this person is completely lost', My mother was very upset, because in her view, I had thrown everything away. And from a logical point of view, that looked quite correct.

Starting to teach & The Power of Now

At that point, his father helped him pay for a flat, and he began to run small group teaching sessions in friends' living-rooms. This marked the beginning of his function as a counselor and spiritual teacher.

But there were many more years to come of what looked, from the outside, like drifting - including a long period on the west coast of the United States, where he started to write The Power of Now. It was first published in 1997, with a print run of 3,000 copies.

The name change from Ulrich to Eckhart is a reference to the 13th-century German mystic Meister Eckhart. The name change was to mark his spiritual transformation.

Tolle now lives a simple life in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with his partner since 2000, a Canadian woman named Kim Eng, who often teaches alongside him. They have no children.

He gives satsangs and lectures around the world.

Sources: 
Interviews, official website, books

Teachings

The aim of Tolle's teachings is the transformation of individual and collective human consciousness--a global spiritual awakening.

Core teachings include:

You are not your thoughts. You are the awareness behind the thoughts. Thoughts are often negative and painful, yearning for or fearing something in the future, complaining about something in the present or fearing a matter from the past. However, the thoughts are not you; they are a construct of the ego. Awareness of your thoughts without being caught up in them is the first step to freedom.
Only the present moment exists. That is where life is (indeed it is the only place life can truly be found). Becoming aware of the 'now' has the added benefit that it will draw your attention away from your (negative) thoughts. Use mindfulness techniques to fully appreciate your surroundings and everything you are experiencing. Look and listen intently. Give full attention to the smallest details.
Accept the present moment. It is resistance to the present moment that creates most of the difficulties in your life. However, acceptance does not mean that you cannot take action to rectify the situation you are in. What is important is to drop resistance so that you let the moment be, and that any action arises from deeper awareness rather than from resistance. The vast majority of pain in a person's life comes from resistance to what is.
Observe the pain-body. Years of conditioned thought patterns, individually and collectively, have resulted in habitual emotional reactions with an apparent personality of their own. During 'pain-body attacks' we become completely identified with this 'pain identity' and respond from its agenda--which is to create more pain for ourselves and others. Observing the pain-body is awareness itself arising--as it allows humans to separate from this unconscious identification with pain.

Sources: 
Wikipedia

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Locations

Eckhart Tolle has no center or residence school. Rather, he is constantly on satsang and lectures tours around the globe and also gives workshops. Consult his official website for tours schedule.

Contact Address
Details: 

Due to the volume of mail Eckhart receives, he is no longer able to respond personally. He does, however, read all of his mail.

Address: 
PO Box 93664 Nelson Park RPO,
Vancouver, BC V6E 4L7 , Canada

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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Stillness Speaks

by Eckhart Tolle

(Hardcover)

In Stillness Speaks, best-selling author Eckhart Tolle illuminates the fundamental elements of his teaching, addressing the needs of the modern seeker by drawing from all spiritual traditions. At the core of the book is what the author calls “the state of presence,” a living in the “now” that is both intensely inspirational and practical. When the pressures of future and past thinking disappear, fear and frustration also vanish, conquered by the moment. Stillness Speaks takes the form of 200 individual entries, organized into 10 topic clusters that range from \"Beyond the Thinking Mind\" to \"Suffering and the End of Suffering.\" The entries are concise and complete in themselves, but, read together, take on a transformative power.

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Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now

by Eckhart Tolle

(Hardcover)

Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

by Eckhart Tolle

(Paperback)

It\'s no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, \"the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.\"

Featuring a new preface by the author, this paperback shows that only after regaining awareness of Being, liberated from Mind and intensely in the Now, is there Enlightenment.

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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61)

by Eckhart Tolle

(Paperback)

“A wake-up call for the entire planet . . . [A New Earth] helps us to stop creating our own suffering and obsessing over the past and what the future might be, and to put ourselves in the now.” —Oprah Winfrey

With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.” In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting, A New Earth is a profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life—and for building a better world.
                

Recommended DVD & Video: 
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The Flowering of Human Consciousness: Everyone's Life Purpose

(DVD)

MEET ECKHART TOLLE, AND DISCOVER THE POWER OF THE PRESENT MOMENT// For two years, a small man sits quietly on a park bench. People walk by, lost in their thoughs. One day someone asks him a question. In the weeks that follow there are more people and more questions. Word spreads that the man is a \"mystic,\" and has discovered something that brings peace and meaning into our lives. \n\nIt sounds like fiction, but today that man, Eckhart Tolle, is known world-wide for his teachings on spiritual enlightenment through the power of the present moment. \n\nIn the flowering of the Human Consciousness you will come face to face with Eckhart Tolle, for a transformational meeting with this respected teacher and author of the international bestseller The Power of Now. In clear, simple language, Tolle explains the process of entering this \"miraculous\" state of presence that is always available to us. We are lost, he says, in the maze of our own compulsive thoughts. Only by ceasing this \"mental noise\" can we dissolve our egos, and enable the \"flowering of a new consciousness\" to proceed -- a transformation that cannot be understood with the mind. From guidance about stress and career, to insights into the nature of the ego and the delusion of time, here is a far-reaching session that documents the vision of this modern spiritual teacher, and the truth he brings.\n\nMore thn 20 years have passed since Eckhart Tolle answered his first question on that park bench. While his audience has grown, his message remains the same: that it is possible to stop struggling in your life, and find joy and fulfillment in this moment, and no other -- through The Flowering of Human Consciousness.

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What is Meditation? (DVD)

(DVD)

Can one realize the Self through meditation? Whether you are new to meditation or have been a long time meditator, this talk can change the form of any meditation practice into a meditation without form. Learn the key ways to go beyond formal meditation. Then, with or without the use of practices or methods, realize and live who you are at the deepest level. Life itself then becomes a meditation.

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Eckhart Tolle: Practicing Presence

(DVD)

A Guide for the Spiritual Teacher and Health Practitioner Learn to apply the wisdom teachings of Eckhart Tolle and steer your clients toward true and lasting transformation. At this retreat Eckhart supports and guides the teacher / practitioner to bring the spacious, aware stillness and acceptance of what is into their working modality with individuals and groups. Session Titles: 1. The Two Requirements to be an Effective Teacher and Health Practitioner 2. Mastering the Art of Living in the Two Dimensions 3. The Right Use of \"Pointers\" as a Teaching Aid 4. About Enlightenment and the Use of Techniques 5. Charging money for your Spiritual Teaching Lessons contained in this series: Knowing when you are ready to teach Guidelines for offering private sessions Teaching modalities When does healing work? Teaching children and teenagers Working with traumatic life situations The bridge between form and the formless Disidentification from the inner drama of the pain-body

Recommended Audio: 
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Realizing the Power of Now

by Eckhart Tolle

(Audio CD)

Perhaps you can recall a time when you felt immensely alive-when you had a sudden recognition of beauty, a feeling of deep contentment, and a sense of connection with life greater than you had ever thought possible. And then, this fl eeting moment was gone. What if you could recapture that remarkable opening, and make it a consistent way of living in the world? Throughout Europe and North America, a man named Eckhart Tolle has emerged as a teacher with the unique ability to draw us into the awakened state he calls \"presence.\" With Realizing the Power of Now, you have an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless dimension- \"a place within us that always is and ever will be beyond the turmoil of life, a world of calm beyond words, of joy that has no opposite.\" Join Eckhart Tolle and discover the many simple ways to leave behind the chaos and suffering of the mind-made world and enter this state of serenity and grace. With Tolle\'s guidance, you will explore a space beyond the endless stream of thoughts . . . use sense perceptions and your \"inner body\" to fi nd a peace that exists independent of conditions . . . see past \"the little me and my story\" and fi nd your home in the \"living Now.\" Recorded at a momentous four-day retreat led by Eckhart, here is a special invitation to transcend the fi nite world of fl uctuating thoughts, ambitions, and fears, and touch your true essence-that which has \"no form, no time, and no name\"-through Realizing the Power of Now.

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Through the Open Door to the Vastness of Your True Being

by Eckhart Tolle

(Audio CD)

Once you\'ve experienced the power of the present moment, what\'s next? Eckhart Tolle, who ignited a spiritual awakening in the West with his best-selling The Power of Now (New World Library, 1999), invites listeners to join him on a path that takes us even further into the profound experience of pure presence. Through the Open Door is Eckhart\'s highly anticipated return to audio, featuring new teachings on: Achieving Space Consciousness, learning to focus on the underlying field from which all forms and thoughts arise Refining your alertness to become alive and present with every cell of your body ? The illusions that lead to suffering, spiritual longing, and the need for more time in our lives and how to dispel them. How to discover true liberation beyond the limits of the thinking mind and the little self, and more. Eckhart\'s listeners often report that they play his recordings time and again in order to experience his unique ability to transport them to a state of awakened consciousness. Now, the legions of fans who turn to this modern spiritual beacon for guidance are invited to follow him Through the Open Door into a new world of vast aliveness.

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The Eckhart Tolle Audio Collection (The Power of Now Teaching Series)

by Eckhart Tolle

(Audio CD)

With his first international bestseller,The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle reached out to people from all walks of life with his simple and profound message: only in the present moment can we free ourselves to seek our highest potential as human beings.

Now this gifted teacher\'s most popular audio sessions are available in one convenient resource, with The Eckhart Tolle Audio Collection. This special slip-cased edition includes three audio bestsellers with Eckhart Tolle:

  • The Realization of Being—How meditation opens the entry point to stillness, our greatest spiritual teacher, allowing us to merge with this moment in time
  • Living the Liberated Life and Dealing with the Pain-Body—Points a way out of the conditioned mind that keeps us trapped and unhappy, to a deeper level of consciousness beyond thought
  • Even the Sun Will Die—Historic interview recorded on September 11, 2001, which shows that even in the face of disaster, a miracle happens when we say \"yes\" to living in this moment and no other.

Pro Opinions

Very beautiful and powerful

arjuna's picture

Ekhart Tolle has really something. His book "The Power of Now" is amazing. I've seen a video of him.

leafybrow's picture

copies

Sadly for you his tricks were just copies from other books!Even school,of philosophy was doing his tricks 20 years before him !

leafybrow | Tue, 06/23/2009 - 17:12
atlantis's picture

Such a bulshit!

This is such a shallow basesless comment. Have you read at all this books?

First, the way Eckhart Tolle adapts, presents and mainly distills the essential wisdoms to beginner readers of the modern west without a compromise in essence is unprecedented.

The clear voice and selection of words that work deep inside is a work of a genius master.

Of course, there are no new "tricks" in his or in any other teachings. What new tricks are you expecting? what? is it a new type of reality show? a new edition of worlwide news? a new piece of art? Why there is a need for new tricks? Aren't there enough already? You are bored with the existing?

I personally arrived at the books of Eckhart Tolle when I had no need for them already but many lucky beginners had this enormous luck to have him shorten theoir curve of learning.

atlantis | Wed, 06/24/2009 - 06:46
NIDHI PARKASH's picture

Graphomania

Hello mister, you have studied this book well; whether you prove on account of it Agnihotra is beneficial to breath in? If you have nothing idea of its proving then how you can say that this Agnihotra is the same as eating the fruits and building the splendid stone and brick structures; as having been said by you in your comments?

NIDHI PARKASH | Wed, 05/26/2010 - 04:24

A great teacher

kaput's picture

A great teacher with a rare ability to bring seeds of truth to the masses who were previously confined to religious influence only.

Beautiful Ekchart Tolle

joshoda's picture

I bow to the lotus feet of Ekchart Tolle for he is a rare species who has acheived enlightment through his own understanding of life and its suffering.............

Power of Now is an amazing book

archana.anchal's picture

The power of now is really an amazing book.....

bonya basu's picture

POWER OF NOW

POWER OF NOW is really a empowering book.After reading this book,I call him one of my GURU.This book touches my MIND enormously.This book changes my perception towards outer world.
I have read 'STILLNESS THAT SPEAK',another book in hand
'PRACTICING THE POWER OF NOW'and next book is awaiting 'POWER OF NOW PART II.I am delighted to read these books.

bonya basu | Thu, 08/13/2009 - 09:13
NIDHI PARKASH's picture

certainly

Power of Now certainly a very good book.

NIDHI PARKASH | Tue, 10/06/2009 - 17:27

Power Of Now

Quantum's picture

The Power of Now is the one book I would keep. After looking elsewhere for answers to my questions, I find the answers are usually in that book.

Simple and Great

leo75's picture

I read "The Power of Now" couple of times.It is a great book.It brings me to all different moods of joy ,peace and calmness,awareness at various stages.Ekhart Tolle,s teachings and methods and very si

bonya basu's picture

Indeed! It is a powerful

Indeed!
It is a powerful book.I recommend every individual,who is interested in spirituality should read this book.It just transform the mind.

bonya basu | Tue, 10/05/2010 - 06:27

A great teacher

harish_hhh's picture

I found that his teaching points to the same what the upanishads are pointing to....

So one who follows his teaching can attain the bramhan(consciousness).

A New Earth and Power of Now

pralhadkumar's picture

I had chance to read Tolle's 'A New Earth' and 'Power of Now'. Reading his experiences is like preparing for a deep 'Dhayan' (awakening).

Inner body

solo's picture

Eckhart Tolle's emphasis on the Inner body and awareness of the Inner Body is invaluable.

Thank you Master Eckhart!

dhani_w's picture

Master Eckhart set example as egoless character. Truly inspired me (who get angry easily.. hiks..)

Thank you Master!

Sincerely, Dhani

RECOGNIZING

MAI's picture

The Conciousness in me recognized the Conciosness in ECKHART.
That recognition itself is GRACE.
The SATGURU takes on the appropriate form .

Genius in bringing the east to the west

nathan's picture

Finally a true humble egoless kind teacher that from the height of what seems like amazing stillness does not need to phrase new dogmas like most of the teachers and new age wizards.

Con Opinions

A perfect master but a marketing machinery is created around him

shira's picture

A truly perfect teacher, noble and pure but I am growing worried of the marketing machinery which is created around him which is not pure and noble at all (and I am NOT talking about the Oprah Winfrey

genep's picture

Clean Gurus

“A truly perfect teacher, noble and pure... ”

Self has absolutely no values or rules .. it can manifest itself as a Guru as ANYONE and anything, animal or object, art, even feces to Awaken the seeker.
This biggest BS in this guru business is that a guru has to be somehow “A truly perfect teacher, noble and pure...” AGAIN: Self has absolutely no values or rules so there is no reason a psychopath or pervert or assassin or even a sex-maniac cannot be a guru... or a dog or mountain, alias Arunachala...

.. look for goodness and purity in a guru
and all you will find is the money, evil and perversions
this goodness must hide.

.. ignore goodness and all sorts of Gurus can be found hidden behind all sorts of things, especially perversions and evil.

genep | Tue, 04/21/2009 - 21:12
Qumi's picture

creativity

There is one brother-hood, the human brother-hood
which unites the children of earth indiscriminately in
the brother-hood of God

Above all we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish when it cannot freely select its methods and objects when it is deprived of spontaneity then society severs the root of art

Qumi | Wed, 04/22/2009 - 07:10
avi's picture

opinions dressed as facts

(1) This is just based on a theory and it is important that you present it as such.

(2) While your thesis is interesting, what is it got to do with the specific opinion about Eckhart Tolle? Put this in the forums under gurus.

avi | Wed, 04/22/2009 - 07:34
Phroggy's picture

~

You mean what Genep said? No, not theory. It's called perfection.

Phroggy | Thu, 04/23/2009 - 03:38
Qumi's picture

creativity

Above all we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish when it cannot freely select its methods and objects when it is deprived of spontaneity then society severs the root of art

There is one brother-hood, the human brother-hood
which unites the children of earth indiscriminately in
the brother-hood of God

Qumi | Wed, 04/22/2009 - 07:11
Phroggy's picture

~

Sure, but can you also say it in pig-Latin?

Phroggy | Thu, 04/23/2009 - 03:35
genep's picture

power of now

Tolle's book "The Power of Now": it is a lot of fragrant garbage that does little but cover the Now.

"The Power of Now" poetically chases the Now all over the place to entertain the masses,
with Oprah,
by exploiting the basics of spirituality, non-duality, Self, Now ... to make reality appear even more real than it could possibly be without the book.

Like Buddha and Osho.... Masts and probably lots of street-people,
Kundalini/Shakti took the mind of Tolle ... and in the process made reality unreal.

If Tolle has figured out over the years
why Kundalini, Now, Self,
makes reality unreal
then his book does everything to hide the answer.

genep | Thu, 04/23/2009 - 21:40
harish_hhh's picture

Eckhart is the best

Just he surrendered to what is.. That's it.
He is a great teacher always want to change the level of consciousness of this world.
If the people in the world don't change their level of consciousness the world will soon become hell.
He surrendered to the marketing around him because in that way only his teachings reaches most of the people than other ways. Isn't it.
Because of the market only he become popular so that he can address more people around the world.

One thing I want to say is he is enlightened. So it's the matter of relation between the teacher and student.. not the student and the marketing management.

Know about him whether he is enlightened or not. Don't believe me.. Know yourself.

harish_hhh | Sat, 10/09/2010 - 16:46
grebnar's picture

Marketing is the mouthpiece

The marketing is the delivery mechanism of the message. It is an ugly, but unavoidable truth of modern society that there is a machine by which an individual person may communicate with the masses. It is different (not better or worse, but simply different) than the old one-channel way - the publisher, the one-of-three-major-television-networks way, etc. We have to understand that the milieu where we find ourselves is always far from perfect. We have to deal with the situation in which we find ourselves (which is a big part of Eckhart's message in A New Earth-at least that which I have understood so far). We have to accept that environment in which we find ourselves at any given moment (with all its marketing types, Oprahs, etc.). If this is the megaphone through which the voice of Ultimate Truth must speak, then push the button and let's hear him or her. It's never going to be a misty mountain-top and all of us in tunics. What he has to say is important. The means available to him through which to say it are somewhat less than ideal; let's overlook that and judge what he says on its merits (which are substantial); Shira, your suspicions are both admirable and understandable. However, let us be careful to not mistake the method for the message.

grebnar | Sun, 11/28/2010 - 03:02

Is Tolle a multi billionaire yet

leafybrow's picture

From his huge booksales huge prices for lectures retreats etc he must be. How much money will be enough for him to get peace of mind ?Should he admit his ideas were copies from unfamiliar books. ?

atlantis's picture

So petty

Who cares if he makes money or not? If you were reading the articles about him you would have known that he lives in a very modest apartment in Canada.

Regarding your desire for "new" ideas - Of course, there are no new ideas in his or in any other teachings. What new ideas are you expecting? what? is it a new type of reality show? a new edition of worldwide news? a new piece of art? Why there is a need for new tricks? Aren't there enough already? You are already bored with the existing?

To make it clear: I'm not a follower of him nor an admirer. Just a honest bystander.

atlantis | Wed, 06/24/2009 - 06:59
joshoda's picture

you r stupidly funny

hahahahahaha..................I think u r so much stuck to the idea of money n power that u fail to see anything beyond that...........I feel sad for soul like urs..........Truth is one.........It does not matter who says it but it would be the same thing.........If lord Krishna comes today he would say the same thing that EkchartTOlle said.....For that matter even buddha would say so..........

joshoda | Mon, 07/13/2009 - 05:51

WRITER THE EXCELLENT

NIDHI PARKASH's picture

CERTAINLY HIS BOOKS ARE OF IMMENSE KNOWLEDGE AND HAVE MUCH STUFF FOR PRACTICAL PURPOSE BUT HIS SPIRITUAL GLORY COULD NOT BE PERFECTLY CONFIRMED IN THE LACK OF INNER CULTURE.

Concocted Designer Story of his Sudden Awakening

chasbaba's picture

Tolle is a phoney guru. Do not waste your time and money on this well educated fraud.

shishmanidov35's picture

I completely totally and absolutely disagree with you

I completely totally and absolutely disagree with you. His words have this unparalleled rare quality. This rare quality cannot be faked.

As far as I'm concerned, there are three whom I convinced beyond doubt that are awakened: NIsargadatta Maharaj, Ramana Maharshi, and Eckhart Tolle.

shishmanidov35 | Mon, 07/04/2011 - 19:22
chasbaba's picture

what you mean is you disagree!

Jennifer Strong says it is allowed to disagree.
I would point you in the direction of Nisargadatta and Ramana and say to you, dump the Tolle expositions as they will only lead you round in circles like a dog chasing its tail. Just beyond your mouth and nose. Never self-realised, tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, yet already fully ensconced within.

chasbaba | Sun, 07/10/2011 - 12:58
shishmanidov35's picture

I'm not speculating, I'm

I'm not speculating, I'm talking from my own personal direct experience.

I would tell you to dump your judgementalism and find out exactly what really bothers you about Eckhart Tolle (if it was just that his path was not your cup of tea, you wouldn't have taken the effort to write this opinion...).

shishmanidov35 | Sun, 07/10/2011 - 16:14
grasshopper's picture

Eckhart and plagiarism

I have heard many of his talks and I have him mention many quotes and he has attributed them to the author. Please give a few examples where you say "they are plagiarised directly".

Besides a teacher IMHO, may make a point that someone else has made but give a twist to or give his own interpretation, since (again IMO) truth is one. The sport is the same, but coaches give their teams their own game plans to achieve a win. If the team doesn't like the coach, he is dumped for another. (Some coaches work better with some teams.) That's why we so many "teachers" in real life. For instance take any religion - Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism etc. (with each of the religions having different streams like Zen Buddhism - the religion is one but there are so many teachers.

grasshopper | Wed, 07/10/2013 - 20:18
Chipkalee's picture

Re: Concocted Designer Story of his Sudden Awakening

Neale Donald Wacsh is an asshat. And you protest just a bit too much.

Chipkalee | Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:27
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