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Does anyone else think Eckhart tolle is really preaching Zen Buddhism?

Eckhart Tolle talks about the power of now and the way everything dies, isn’t this zen buddhism repackaged.If not how is it different?


  1. Greetings,
    No, I would not say he is teaching any form of Buddhism. It seems to me Eckhart Tolle teaches a hybrid of many different faiths and philosophies, although there’s no doubt Buddhist beliefs heavily influence him (the teaching of impermanence and “the power of now” is not confined to the Zen tradition).
    It seems to me that he had some sort of awakening, and is now teaching others about his awakening and how he came to realize whatever it is that he realized. I wouldn’t call it repackaged anything – just seems like a life story.
    I hope this helped. Take care.

  2. I agree with Jed, there is facets from several beliefs, Taoism, Buddhism,Gnosticism just about every religion and teaching apart from mainstream christianity.
    There is more than one way to discovering God, common sense tells us there has to be, otherwise how did anyone find God before Jesus?

  3. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh has taught that in order for Zen to really be at home in the west, it will have to become truly western.
    It’s funny, I was reading “Zen Keys” last night and this exact same question came to my mind.
    I know Tolle has been influenced by plenty of Hindu, Christian, and Buddhist teachers.
    Tolle himself says the future of spirituality is secular.

  4. I don’t think so. Zen Buddhism isn’t teaching anything — it simply points to not even nothingness.
    Consider: “In the beginning there is simply a mirror, but it became tainted with the passing of time; but in the very beginning, there isn’t even a mirror at all.”

  5. Zen is Now, being now with out the inner dialog (mind) getting in your way. Trust me on this,i am a Soto Zen Buddhist, and have been for 2 years. Rick Beal (a Zen monk, and friend of mine) said this about Eckhart “I was told later that he sat with a zen teacher for awhile but never finished his training.
    So, he left but was forbidden to call himself a zen teacher.”


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