many people, many stages, many ways, many paths to insight of self.
Tolle has his place, like any number of others who also have marketed themselves some positive techniques to help people let go a little bit of their own clinging or self-importance. Like catmoon says, he serves the buddhist community even if unintentionally in that some people actually came to the dharma by accidentally stumbling upon figures like Tolle. I'm one of them. I'm not this huge fan, but someone gave me a book, and the ideas proposed were curious, resonated with some things, and then there I was on e-sangha learning about dharma. And then... well, soon after I took refuge, found a teacher, blah blah blah.
Many people, many stages, many way, many paths to insight of self. It's all subject to change and it's all a stepping stone in the long long long long journey. I mean I did outgrow
the simple concepts of what he presented in about three days... but... He has his place, regardless of his intentions or business sense. His product has the merit of making people who know nothing of dharma at least buddhist-curious. What have YOU done lately?!
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