I'm curious to know how fellow Jews perceive Tolle's teachings and specifically his book "The Power of Now."
A few quick thoughts and questions to jump start the conversation:
1. His basic message about nullification of the ego and the importance of presence is also found in Judaism and thus resonates with me.
2. His frequent references to Jesus are not helpful to me, but, more generally, few readers probably find all of Tolle's teachings relevant or worthwhile anyway. Readers have to sort through what is useful or true-sounding to them and what can be discarded or ignored.
3. Are there Jewish writers who do as good a job condensing and packaging these ideas of ego nullification and presence?
4. The implication of Tolle's teachings is that organized religion is an unnecessary or even harmful form of ego identification. Can this implication be reconciled with one's Jewish identity?
I'd like to know what other Jewish readers think about these and other issues raised in the Power of Now.