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    computer777
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    There is a book called “The Power of Now. A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” by Eckhart Tolle. In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death”.

    It teaches meditation and probably has thoughts from Buddhism. Question: Is one allowed to read this book.

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    pcoz
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    enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind – I can’t think of a Jewish source that doesn’t say that the source of enlightenment is the mind (maharal, mesillas yesharim, maharsha, ohr yisrael)

    He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present – ve’yadata hayom ki ka’asher ye’yaser ha’ish es beno Hashem elokechah meyasrekah – we do receive yissurin but we respond to them and are elevated through them

    the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are

    subject to birth and death” – kudsha berich hu ve’yisroel ve’oraisoh chad hu is a more encompassing thought than saying that life as we perceive it is ephemeral

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    Rabbi Tatz’s brilliant book “Letters to a Buddhist Jew” discusses many similar topics.

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