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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One begins to bring those concepts with him to every text, along with his preconceptions, and this can lead to an undeserved suspension of criticism. Finally the fourth stage with one’s spiritual friend is like passing a rock in the road.

Neuroticism and discontent go on. At this point Marpa announced to his relatives his intentions cuttinb travel to India to collect more teachings. When we find that he does not match our expecta- tions, then we begin to be disappointed, we begin to doubt.

And both the source and the text seem rife with subtle contradictions and misty thinking. This is self-deception’s game.

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As soon as we try to capture the experience, a whole series of chain reactions sets in. Kun kohtaamme asiat sellaisina kuin ne ovat, lakkaamme toivomasta jotain parempaa. I particularly love the one about what happens if the monkey mind takes LSD?

When he regained consciousness, he looked to the east and saw white clouds in the direction where Marpa lived. Marpa, being a scholar, considered that the guru lives in the flesh, an ordinary human body, while his creation, the altar, is a pure body of wisdom, having nothing to do with human imperfection.

So who are you following, more or less? I just can’t help but think that a Zen Buddhist world would be a really, really boring one. The beauty of the object did not radiate out any more, be- cause it was surrounded by so many other beautiful things. In the master-servant relationship the highly evolved being may appear not even to be sitting on his seat but may seem to be floating, levitating, looking down at us.


So we cling to our pleasures and possessions, we fear change or force change, we try to create a nest or playground.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

While reading Cutting Through Spiritual MaterialismI cuttlng myself grappling with my objectivity over and over. Is it simply a matter of attempting to be religi- ous, pious and good? Sooner or later its intensity must wane and you The Guru 45 must face your own life-situation and your own psychology. You have no choice at all. However, the potential for being involved in this kind of speed is not limited to Americans, it is universal, world-wide.

See Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism at amazon. There is a tendency to want to be tdungpa to your spiritual friend, because you really want to learn. Every word, every cough, every movement that he makes is a gesture of wisdom. Compared with his nakedness, we are wearing cement. One of its tenets, after all, is non-dualism, and a kind of suspension of judgment. How do you take off your suit of armor? It has been said in the Tantric tradition that you do not see the face of the guru, but you througu the expression of his face all the time.

I love this book. I thought that the truth was supposed to be simple, profound and sublime.

But at some stage in this sort of situation something tends to go wrong. In other words, we lost faith in the trrungpa of openness and its relationship to us. At this point many people might feel that they do not need to work further with their spiritual friend, and possibly they might leave, go away.

And all of it is merely a collection we are attempting to impose upon ourselves. The very notion that we will get some- thing from a guru — ha] piness, peace of mind, wisdom, what- ever it is we seek — is one of the most difficult preconceptions of all. Do you think spiritual materialism is a particularly American problem?


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. I took an aura photograph and saw a chakra reader recently, most of my friends having gone and received a “lower” chakra and being a color like orange or red or indigo at best.

If anything more than this is laid onto our psychology, then it becomes a very heavy, thick mask, a suit of armor. Clearly there’s so much more to the book than what I reviewed here, but to me, it remains one of the quintessential works on eastern philosophical thought and practice for the western world and everyone else There is no partial act, but whatever we do in connection with good and bad seems to be a partial act.

After about three years of such study he was proficient enough to begin earning money as a scholar, and with this money he financed his re- ligious study, eventually becoming a Buddhist priest of sorts. After Marpa had finished studying with Kukuripa, he re- turned once more to his original guru, Naropa. We open ourselves to the situation as it is, and then we make real communication with the teacher.

Such deception does not apply to an interview with a guru, because he sees right through us. Finally, almost beside himself, Marpa gave up altogether, gave up trying to take notes, gave up trying to receive any kind of secret doctrine.

Although we may hate ourselves, at the same time we find our self-hatred a kind of occupation. We must make a clear and intelligent relationship with the teach- ings and the man teaching. But the categories of higher and lower, re- ligious and profane, do not really seem relevant to a basically sane approach to life.