Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chögyam Trungpa is a book addressing many common pitfalls of self-deception in seeking spirituality, which the. Spiritual materialism is a phrase originally coined by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche that he used to describe the grasping after material accomplishment within. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. By Chögyam Trungpa. If Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche had written no more than the title of this book, it would have been.

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I would say this is a very good book for anyone who has been interested in or practicing mindfulness or Vipassana for a little while and finds themselves thinking, “Well.

But in the end, mountains are spirituao again and streams are streams again. Inhe moved to Scotland, where he founded the Samye Ling meditation centre.

But after a while such self-conscious at- tempts to be spiritual begin to feel too clumsy and obvious, too familiar. If India reaches the stages of economic development that America has attained, where people have achieved and have become disillusioned with physical materialism, then they will be coming to listen to such a lecture.

You might just own a tiny little castle, but the scope of your pro- tection could extend to cover the entire earth. But when it comes to spirituality, something more is re- quired. He got all of his followers together and had one of his students explain that “form is emptiness and emptiness is form.

I seem to be living in a spiritual junkyard. It deserves our careful atten- tion, as its message is more applicable now than ever. Yet he was throwing it away! At his best, Trongpa conveys the many dangers of bringing misplaced egoism into a spiritual journey, but he addresses the substance of that journey only intermittently and superficially.


If the process were otherwise, the awakened state of mind would be a pro- duct, dependent upon cause and effect and therefore liable to dissolution. A lot of this I have already found useful in helping me see things with a more open, forgiving, less possessive perspective. The teacher of Naropa. But how many of us could actually do this? People would like to receive initiation: But, I mean, if we took Buddhism to its ultimate extreme, how could language even develop?

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It is as though you were watching a fascinating movie; the movie is so ex- citing that you become part of it. Experi- ence continually threatens to reveal our transitoriness to us, so we continually struggle to cover up any possibility of dis- covering throigh real condition. Surrender spirituap means acknowledging the raw, rugged, clumsy and shocking qualities of one’s ego, acknowledging them and surrendering them as well.

Very few people would be inspired to study Buddhism and meditation by such a meet- ing. You do not have to follow someone’s tail, but you sail along. Marpa to be a great scholar and a saintly person, dressed in yogic costume with beads, reciting mantras, meditating. I recommend this one to anyone who has at least frungpa beginning understanding of Buddhism. Finally all except one person in the party decided to renounce their previous teachers, from whom they had in fact learned a great deal.

Jun 07, Michelle Margaret rated it it was amazing. Therefore there will be no effort to secure oneself in the practice of meditation.

It is not a matter of joining a club, of becoming one of the flock, a sheep with your owner’s initials branded on your behind.

Rather it refers to the neurotic preoccupation that drives us to create them, to try to control nature.


Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

But he would not accept any of them unless they would meet his condition. I catch myself, and that is where Spirotual feel I am taking a bit of a left turn– always telling myself that I am more “not of the flesh” than others, even though I use material means to achieve my spiritual goals, and then I re-use these spiritual experiences as if they were gathered like money or something tangible, rather than being mindful, and open, spirittual in-the-present.

Occasionally, readers are reminded of the times. How could this happen? There are numerous sidetracks which lead to a distorted, ego-centered version of spirituality,” and cutfing to avoid these pitfalls on the path I bought this book in and let it sit on my bookshelf in California, Austin, then Guatemala until finally reading it this spring.

We do not actually want to identify with or become the teachings.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa

Trungpa was a significant figure in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, founding Naropa University and establishing the Shambhala Training method, a presentation of the Buddhadharma largely devoid of ethnic trappings. This is a good, clear, non-jargon-heavy if repetitive explanation of the concepts of Zen and how to begin the process of putting them into practice, or, more precisely, how to start on the path of living in the now instead of in the past, the future or in a false and unfulfilling cjogyam marked by our myriad confusions.

People were naive about the many pitfalls possible on any path.