Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Whether or not he uses specific terminology, he is not saying anything new, so what does he bring of value that would not be better accomplished by going with one of the traditions?
IIRC, it was the previous Karmapa who said that these days, Bodhisattvas would not necessarily be appearing in the traditions, but outside of them, because the nature of the modern world required that sort of manifestation. Clearly, there are many people who do not really find any attraction to the traditions, but can and do nevertheless benefit from folks like Tolle. in other words, seeds of liberation from ignorance are planted, and though the planter may not be dressed in monk robes and wearing a funny hat, they may still be serving to open minds and helping to relieve suffering. It is sheer arrogance to imagine any religion or system has a lock on truth, and is the sole dispenser of wisdom. For example, Alan Watts is often sneered at by traditional zennists, but he served to turn a whole generation on to an interest in eastern thought. There are many similar examples, but suffice it to say that traditional biases can often be misdirecting, and need to be scrutinized before we rush to scorn or belittle others. Indeed, humans are the least qualified to pass judgment on each other, and when that fact sinks in, we become a bit more humble in our appraisals.