Conversations on Compassion with Dr. James Doty and Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher and author hosted by CCARE at Stanford University on February 12, 2013.
SPIRITUALITY AND HAPPINESS
THE POWER OF NOW
How can accepting this moment improve our relationship and our health? Tolle explains the concept of a "pain body." A pain body is where our suffering comes from and includes past suffering, not just our own personal past suffering but also the past suffering of humanity. To overcome pain, it helps to realize that our pain isn't personal; instead it comes from the pain body.
Eckhart is a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of 29, a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey.
Later, he began to work in London with individuals and small groups as a counselor and spiritual teacher. Since 1995 he has lived in Vancouver, Canada. Eckhart Tolle is the author of the #1 New York Timesbestseller The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and the highly acclaimed follow-up A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time.
Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the 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 violence on our planet. For more than 25 years, Gregg has searched high mountain villages, remote monasteries, and forgotten texts to uncover their timeless secrets. His work is now featured as media specials shown on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and ABC.