Eckhart Tolle: a biography

Sep 30, 2009

Photo of Eckhart Tolle
Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is Life itself, it is an insane way to live.
Internal and external are ultimately one. When you no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently. Love and compassion arise, and they affect the world.

Born in 1948 near Dortmund, Germany, Eckhart Tolle lived with his father in Spain from about the age of 13 to 19, after which he moved to the United Kingdom. He had no formal education between the ages of 13 and 22, refusing to go to school because he felt it was a "hostile environment"; instead, he pursued his own interests, such as literature, astronomy and language.

Tolle graduated from the University of London and entered, but did not complete, a doctoral program at Cambridge University, having studied literature, languages and philosophy. At the age of 29, Tolle experienced what he calls an "inner transformation" after apparently suffering long periods of suicidal depression.

Since 1996, he has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Tolle's emphasizes dis-identifying from thoughts of past and future as a way of being aware of the present moment. He asserts that it is the feeding of the human ego that is the source of inner and outer conflict, and that only by becoming aware of the ego may people begin to see beyond it and experience themselves as unconditioned consciousness, which is their true nature.

Below is a 10-minute youtube video of Eckhart Tolle speaking about living in the 'now'.