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04/03/2014 09:30 am ET | Updated Apr 03, 2014

Eckhart Tolle, Author Of 'A New Earth,' Explains The Ego (VIDEO)

We've all felt upset, angered or offended -- but what is really behind these negative emotions? Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth and The Power of Now, says this is the ego at work. To illustrate what the ego is, Tolle tells a story in the above preview clip from "Oprah and Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth."

"A high government official went to see a Zen master," Tolle says. "And he asks the Zen master, 'Can you explain to me what the self is?'"

Tolle says the Zen master responded, "'What a stupid question is that. Why do you ask me such stupid questions?'"

"Immediately, the government official says, 'How dare you talk to me like that. Don't you know who I am?"

"And the master said, 'That's the ego,'" Tolle says.

Boiling it down, Oprah asks, "So anytime you have hurt feelings, that is your ego?"

"Yes," Tolle says.

The conversation on the ego continues during part 3 of "Oprah and Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth," a 10-part series airing Sundays at 12 p.m. ET on OWN.

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