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Eckhart Tolle born in 1948 is a resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth, which were published originally in English. In 2011, he was listed by the Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world. In 2008, a New York Times writer called Tolle "the most popular spiritual author in the United States."
Born Ulrich Leonard Tolle in Lünen, a small town located north of Dortmund in the Ruhr Valley, Germany. Tolle describes his childhood as unhappy, particularly his early childhood in Germany. Tolle claims he was depressed for much of his life until he underwent, at age 29, an "inner transformation". He then spent several years wandering and unemployed "in a state of deep bliss" before becoming a spiritual teacher.
At the age of 13, he moved to Spain to live with his father. Tolle's father did not insist that his son attend high school and so Tolle elected to study literature, astronomy and language at home. At the age of 15 Tolle read several books written by the German mystic Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken, also known as Bô Yin Râ. Tolle has said he responded "very deeply" to those books. At the age of 19, Tolle moved to England and for three years taught German and Spanish at a London school for language studies. Troubled by "depression, anxiety and fear", he began "searching for answers" in his life. At age 22 or so he decided to pursue this search by studying philosophy, psychology and literature and enrolled in the University of London. After graduating he was offered a scholarship to do postgraduate research at Cambridge University which he began in 1977.
Inner transformation - One night in 1977, at the age of 29, after having suffered from long periods of suicidal depression, Tolle says he experienced an "inner transformation."
After this period, former Cambridge students and people he had met by chance began to ask Tolle about his beliefs. He began working as a counselor and spiritual teacher. Students continued to come to him over the next five years. Later, he moved to North America where he began writing his first book, The Power of Now, which was published in 1997 and reached the New York Times Best Seller lists in 2000. Tolle settled in Vancouver, Canada, where he has lived for more than a decade.
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 hosted by Oprah Winfrey. Tolle is not identified with any particular religion, but he has been influenced by a wide range of spiritual works.