Alternatives to Eckhart Tolle That Meg Ryan Might Not Have Mentioned to Oprah … Yet

I read that actress Meg Ryan introduced Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now, to Oprah. Tolle is only one of the excellent communicators of nondual teachings. There are many others. The huge majority is very little known in the world.

As this blog unfolds there will often be the mention of one or another teacher of nonduality, as there already has been such mention.

For now, I want to give you access to listings of hundreds of teachers, sages, and gurus. Many are living and accessible to you. Some are living and not so accessible. Some are reclusive. Many are dead, some are legendary or mythical, but their works and the works about them are tremendously valuable.

By giving you access to hundreds of alternatives to Eckhart Tolle, do I want to overwhelm you? Yes, sort of. I want to convey abundance.

I want you to realize that an intimacy with the teaching of nonduality is not rare. I want to show that the universe, or at least the bookstore, is offering you almost endless ways of “getting” the teaching of nonduality. I want nonduality, nondual, nondualism, to be your new household words.

Here are the links that will introduce you to scores, perhaps hundreds, of nondual teachers. I need to emphasize that each teacher speaks in a different way, emphasizes different aspects of the teaching of nonduality. Some of the following links will try to clarify those aspects for each teacher.

Sarlo’s Guru Rating Service – Rich with teacher listings, ratings, opinions, and supported by a very active email forum.

Some Teachers of Advaita – Dennis Waite’s fine, carefully constructed list of teachers with brief commentary, photos, quotations. An important Advaita/nonduality site.

Ramana and Other Advaita – The original list of teachers.
Some excellent writings.

Teachers, Gurus, Realizers, Confessors – Valuable list that formed the foundation of most other lists of gurus, however no longer kept up to date.

Builders of Culture – Eric Paroissien’s commendable list with photos and links.

Divine Inspirators – Many Indian sages that few have heard of. Video clips too.

Strictly Spiritual – Includes ratings of gurus and teachers; actively kept up. Good message board. Informative articles.

Satsang Worldwide – Access living teachers by clicking on a map of the world. Very well done site.

I highly recommend devoting as much of your life as possible to the teaching of nonduality in the way that is right for you, regardless of what teacher or books you are drawn to.

I have no single individual to recommend for everyone. You must discover the right teacher, readings, and approach for yourself.

To stay in touch with the teaching of nonduality, three doorways will lead you into the big world of nonduality:

— read this blog often.
— subscribe to the daily free letter, Nonduality Highlights.
— explore the links at

Additionally, my book, One: Essential Writings on Nonduality, brings a selection of diverse writings. I designed the anthology to give you practical guidance in realizing your nondual nature, and to demonstrate how various scriptural works and self-realized people describe nondual reality. You can also buy the book off the shelf at most large Borders Stores.

And write me if you have questions.

One thought on “Alternatives to Eckhart Tolle That Meg Ryan Might Not Have Mentioned to Oprah … Yet

  1. bobby100

    I am so greatful to Eckhart Tolle and Oprah for turning me onto Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor and her beautiful book “”My Stroke of Insight””. Her story is amazing and her gift to all of us is a book purchase away I’m happy to say.

    Dr Taylor was a Harvard brain scientist when she had a stroke at age 37. What was amazing was that her left brain was shut down by the stroke – where language and thinking occur – but her right brain was fully functioning. She experienced bliss and nirvana and the way she writes about it (or talks about it in her now famous TED talk) is incredible.

    What I took away from Dr. Taylor’s book above all, and why I recommend it so highly, is that you don’t have to have a stroke or take drugs to find the deep inner peace that she talks about. Her book explains how. “”I want what she’s having””, and thanks to this wonderful book, I can! Thank you Dr. Taylor, and thank you Eckhart and Oprah.


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