Eckhart Tolle's Book to be Made into a Movie

Eckhart Tolle shared the stage with the Dalai Lama at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit .  We are happy to announce that one of his books exploring heart-mind well-being will be made into a feature movie.

Milton’s Secret is a dramatic feature film based on the book by Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman (publisher of Conversations with God). The film is to be directed by Barnet Bain (What Dreams May Come, Homeless to Harvard) and will star Peter Fonda as Milton's grandfather. The film is a coming of age story about an 11-year old boy who discovers that rehashing bad experiences and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness. Focusing on themes of bullying, parenting, and financial stress in the family, the movie explores mindfulness as a means to keeping alive curiosity, compassion, and coping skills that enable children and their parents alike to manage stress and pay attention to what really matters amidst the frantic pace of life.

Victor Chan, Founder of the Dalai Lama Center explained his connection to the film, “I visited with Eckhart recently when he was filming an interview with Barnet Bain here in Vancouver. I’m encouraged and excited by the news that one of Eckhart's books, Milton's Secret, is going to be made into a feature movie. I'm sure that it will provide much needed insights for families and kids coping with stress and bullying in the classroom. Eckhart's books and teachings have done much to highlight  the importance of educating the heart. I’m excited to see this film.”

Milton's Secret models, but does not mandate a different response to the stresses and chaos of modern life. It shows us a way to pay closer attention to what is happening within us; our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, enabling us to better cope with the trials of everyday living. The film's director, Barnet Bain, who has made a career focused on creating transformational movies explains, “Milton's Secret is about an 11 year old boy who lives a modern life of lots of stress. His parents have a challenging marriage, and are facing financial difficulties, and he is dealing with a bully at school. His world shifts when his grandfather comes to visit him and without any lecturing or any teachings, Milton is profoundly changed because he witnesses in his grandfather an entirely different way to meet life.”

Barnet and the producing team decided to turn to crowdfunding to reduce dependency on traditional film business interests and build awareness of the project while offering fans the opportunity to become involved at a stage where they can essentially co-create the film. “People often ask me, why aren't there more movies for people like us, people who are interested in spirituality, healing, and personal development? Prior to crowdfunding, it would have been difficult to make a movie like Milton's Secret, in the way audiences interested in transformational entertainment expect to see it; without making compromises to shoehorn it into a more familiar worldview.”

This will be the first of Eckhart Tolle's work to be exhibited as a feature film. When he was recently asked what his thoughts were on the screenplay adaptation of his book, he replied, “I like the way in which it has grown from the original foundation of the book, and how in a way it has become more contemporary than the book. The screenplay is really directed to this time period - it reflects the challenges that so many people go through. It shows that ultimately the true resolution of these challenges do not lie at the external level, the true resolution lies on the inner level.”

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