Eckhart Tolle (born Ulrich Leonard Tölle, February 16, 1948) is a spiritual teacher.
Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. In 2008, a New York Times writer called Tolle “the most popular spiritual author in the United States“.
In 2011, Eckhart Tolle was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world. Tolle is not identified with any particular religion, but he has been influenced by a wide range of spiritual works.
Tolle said he was depressed for much of his life until age 29 when he underwent an “inner transformation“. He then spent several years wandering “in a state of deep bliss” before becoming a spiritual teacher.
Eckhart Tolle moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1995 and currently divides between Canada and California. He began writing his first book, The Power of Now, in 1997 and it reached The New York Times Best Seller list in 2000.
The Power of Now and A New Earth sold an estimated three million and five million copies respectively in North America by 2009. In 2008, approximately 35 million people participated in a series of 10 live webinars with Tolle and television talk show host Oprah Winfrey.