Johnny Dangerous wrote:Just looking inward doesn't put something in line with The Buddhas teaching, if it did, nearly every Dharmic religion or form of mysticism focused on liberation would be Buddhism, but we can see they aren't, and have a wide range of views.
Maybe Jesus could have perfected and clarified his teachings a little better if he had more time, as the Sidarth Gotama did.
I really do not study alot of other religions, and I'm not claiming that all practices will lead one to the ultimate truth. I'm suggesting as Eckhart does that the words of Jesus were coming from the deepest reality, and could be interpreted as in line with the buddhas teachings. They can and have also been twisted, misinterpreted, and used to opress and enslave people. If you think I am suggesting that modern day christianity is being practiced in line with the buddhas teachings then you have really misinterpreted my message.
I do not practice Eckharts technique as I have not had the opportunity to attend one of his retreats and do not know it, I would love to and would go to one in a heart beat, for curiosity, not necessity. I practice a technique in line with the satipattana sutra and have no doubt that this technique works, I have no need to look elsewhere. Eckhart awakened me to the ego, and god(being) not to be confused with the bearded fellow in the sky. Reading his book broke the shell of ignorance that was preventing me from looking inside myself, if Eckhart was my neighbor I may well not have needed to look for a teacher. Because this was not my reality I found that I needed guidance I needed someone to teach me, I found the teachings of the Buddha very quickly and many qualified teachers and spiritual friends were there to help me.
Through practicing this technique and gaining insight into the nature of reality, I have come to the conclusion that the words of Eckhart Tolle are coming from the deepest reality(ultimate reality) and are in line with the Buddhas teachings. I'm not suggesting mysticism and dharmic religion are inline with the Buddhas teachings as I know nothing about them, I'm also not saying that they don't because I know nothing about them.
I'm also not steering people away from the teachings of the Buddha by suggesting they read Eckhart Tolle.