think Tolle has had some genuine realization and he want others to feel
the freedom he feels,nothing wrong with that.its not his fault he he
doesnt belong to a lineage.i dont know the dept of his realization,but
it is sincere,i dont think he is new ager at all.
100% agree with you martin.
When some teachers give a dhamma talk you get a feeling that this
teacher is not talking at you but to you personally, I listen to
teachers of all different religions and practices and some I connect
with at a deep level and some not so much. It's not my job to decipher
the level of attainment of these individuals. What simply becomes
apparant is that some individuals seem to be much further along the path
than I am and I can learn from them.
When giving dhamma service on retreats I've had the opportunity to work
in close proximity to a number of teachers and very old students, things
do not always go smoothly and you can see the wisdom shine in some
individuals. I've learned so much simply observing students and teachers
all at different levels.
The most important lesson I've learned is we are all human beings and
suffer from the same sickness, no race, religion or country is exempt.
I do not like to go around calling myself a Buddhist, i'm certain it's
not important. I do however follow the precepts and have found this
helpful in maintaining a lifestyle condusive to meditation. I practice
daily seated meditation minimum 2hrs daily and try my best to remain
present as often as I can in my day to day activities. I take refuge in
Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and have repeated this at every retreat I've
served or sat, most importantly I've taken this to heart. Am I a
Buddhist? Who gives a fiddler's fart. I assure you the Buddha does not
care what I call myself.
Oh yea, and I love the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and many others who
would not be called Buddhists, and I feel just in mentioning them here
at this forum. All I ask is that those who wish to disagree or question
teachers I mention, is that they show the level of respect that they
would like their teachers to be shown.
Obviously my opinions are out numbered here and it is far to easy for
bullying to take place.
Let's keep our sticks on the ice.