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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It is no use to accumulate vast amounts of religious knowledge; nor is it beneficial to accumulate religious titles or spiditual. We seek refuge because we cannot afford to be small and without protection. Two lecture series given in Boulder, Colo. That is a very interesting point. There is a very dangerous tendency to lean on one another as we tread the path.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

The teachings are treated as an external thing, external to “me,” a philosophy which we try to imitate. Even worse, most of the argumentation was presented initially through metaphor. It is a real experience.

In Buddhist thought, this sense of self is illusory; the self is a process, not a thing. This is my th read of the year! If we can oj en, then we suddenly begin to see that our expectations are irrelevant compared with the reality of the situations we are facing.

So the part of self-deception is to retell the stories. It was only when there were gaps in his struggle that insights came to him. I don’t know what nationality to bring up, but if trungpx were Indians, for instance, you wouldn’t speak to us this way, would you?


It is suitable for the absolute beginner and the experienced practitioner.

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Instead of a room full of beautiful antiques we created a junk shop! They are dancing around us and playing music in the pretense of honoring us on this cere- monial occasion. This is not done to be cruel, though – it is a matter of being open and aware, and of using humor and wisdom in relating to the world as it is. I find that most of my pursuits are spiritual in their ends, but that they are contingent upon material winnings.

The journey is difficult, especially so because Kukuripa lives on an island in the middle of a lake of poison. Straightforward, exact, precise, a joy to read, and a great pleasure This book is a re-read. We adopt sets of categories which serve as handles, as ways of managing phenomena.

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After Shaky amuni Buddha attained enlightenment, was there some trace of ego left in him so that he could carry on his teachings?

When something is removed from us, we have the op- portunity to realize that it is valuable.

Maybe we feel wonderful about having earned an important sounding credential within our church; we have now become one of those people who walk around with a VIP button on their lapel. We hope that stripping off only a few layers will make us presentable. You can play games with him or not, as you choose. View all 21 comments. Is this desire for acquisitions something that is shed along the way?


Customers who viewed this item also viewed. We may have glimpsed that our struggle is futile and may wish to surrender, to completely abandon our efforts to de- fend ourselves. A phenomenal piece to the puzzle of Buddhist thought. But what really made this book a gem for me, one that I will undoubtedly read again, is that it actually changed my view of the concept of the spiritual path, and forced me to re-evaluate my own motivations in a deep way.

The situation could be painful or inspir- ing, but both pain and pleasure are one in this openness of seeing the situation as guru. This is not a book for the faint-hearted. I am not saying that these views are unjustifiable, but the cugting didn’t bother to justify them here. Taking refuge in a mother or father-princii le is truly self-defeating; the refuge-seeker has no real basic strength at all, no true inspira- tion.