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All about Eckhart,
This review is from: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Hardcover)
While there are elements of truth in what Eckhart Tolle is saying, his emphasis on himself as an awakened or enlightened being is very suspect to me. Also, his implication that we should (and can) all just wake up by listening to his brilliant words seems to me to be a superficial fix to a subtle and thorny problem. Anyone can be mindful for an instant, staying mindful, though, can be the work of a lifetime. As several reviews have noted, his writings are largely warmed-over Buddhism.
For those of you looking to wake up, I'd recommend reading Mindfulness in Plain English; it's getting at the same issue using a much more structured, time-tested approach, and best of all, it's free to download on the Web --just google it.
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Initial post: May 10, 2008 10:18:35 PM PDT
J. Kirk says:
Thanks for a great review, Michele. I agree with you. I have found the book that you recommended. What I like most about 'Mindfulness in Plain English' is how it is not trying to re-interpret the words of Christ. I like the way Tolle describes the human mind, but I feel like his spiritual insight is wishy-washy.
Posted on May 22, 2011 12:18:35 AM PDT
JOHN NICOL says:
Thanks for the tip about Mindfulness in Plain English. i started reading this instead of Tolle's book
Posted on Oct 4, 2011 8:49:51 PM PDT
Thomas M. Kara says:
Thanks so much for mentioning Mindfulness in Plain English. I found the free pdf version online and have begun reading it. What a great read it is - very funny at times and very clearly explained.
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