Eckhart Tolle Biography
Eckhart Tolle's Bio
Ulrich Tolle was born in Lünen, Germany on the 16th of February, 1948. He would later change his first name to Eckhart to honor the German philosopher and mystic, Meister Eckhart.
Tolle grew up in Germany, in an area where bombed-out buildings from World War II served as his playground. He did not have a happy childhood, both his home life and school life consisted of what he felt to be hostile environments. At the age of 13 he moved to Spain to live with his father. There, he didnt go to school but was home educated. He studied literature, astronomy and language on his own.
When he was 19, he emigrated to London, England and obtained a job teaching German and Spanish in a language school for businessmen.
In his early twenties, his depression, anxiety and fear compelled him
to start searching for answers to life". He began studying
philosophy, psychology, and literature, believing the answers to his questions
could be found there. He attended the University of London and, after
graduation, went to Cambridge as a postgrad. He matriculated in in 1977.
Tolle then became a vagrant for about two years sitting on park benches for hours on end watching the world go by, and usually sleeping out of doors on Hampstead Heath. Eventually he returned to the world and began working as a counselor and spiritual teacher.
Eventually, in 1995, at the age of 47, he relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia. There, he published his first book, The Power of Now, in 2000, and it became a bestseller. It is still in print and has been translated into several languages.
His third book, A New Earth, was published in 2005, and also became a best-seller. This was aided by a partnership he formed with Oprah Winfrey, for a series of webinar sessions which were very successful.
He founded a company, Eckhart Teachings, to sell his books, CDs and DVDs. In 2009, his website, Eckhart Tolle TV, was founded, consisting of streaming video of weekly group meditations. He continues to write his most recent book, Guardians of Being, is a picture book, illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, creator of the comic strip Mutts.
At the core of Tolle's teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet".