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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People wanted a path that would help them rise above life’s mundane trappings to see a more expansive view, a view that would dissolve their feeling of alienation and penetrate life’s very meaning. Aug 02, Chris Lemig rated it it was amazing.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Spiritual materialism is ego-reinforcing materkalism becomes itself another form of duality. At present there is no one. The teachings in this book remind me of that sword, sharp and decisive and able to cut through so many of the misguided attachments we may have to our spiritual development. In Milarepa’s case, the situation developed quite differently. In searching for thrlugh teacher, this seems to be the guideline rather than fame or wisdom.

We develop the con- viction that whatever we experience is jjart of our spiritual 26 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism development. When the internal guru begins to function, then you can never escape the demand to open.

It is a very living process. Chogyam Trungpa — who had just arrived in the States from Scotland — tried to clarify these issues. By studying strenuously under Indian teachers he prepared his path.

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More likely these kinds of commitment are simply ways of proving that we have joined the side of “right. As a teenager in Tibet, Trungpa fled the Chinese in an escape that involved swimming across a river under gunfire, climbing the Himalayas, and running so short of food that he had to eat his leather belt and bag.


Mar 29, Beverly Cooper rated it it was amazing. It is one of those books that will only get better as it is revisited, and I’m pretty sure I’ll catch things on my next througn that went 6 feet over my head on this one. Drugs, yoga, prayer, meditation, trances, various psy- chotherapies — all can trunbpa used in this way.

Trungpa became alarmed at this reaction, as to him, it appeared as a form of spiritual egotism or “materialism” if you will. Whether or not you will get the job depends upon your credentials, how well you are dressed, how beautifully your shoes are polished, how well you speak, how good your manners are.

As it says in the old Tibetan proverb: There- fore, our meditation practice must begin with ego’s outermost layer, the discursive thoughts which continually run through our minds, our mental gossip. Quite possibly your first reaction after such an experience would be to write it down in your diary, explaining in words everything that happened.

You should let the first impulse die down. From an early age, Chogyam Trungpa had undergone an ardu- ous education in the monasteries of Kham, on the high plateau of Tibet’s eastern region. The musician asked, “Should 1 control my mind or should I completely let go? The Sanskrit equivalent for “initiation” is abhisheka which means “sprinkle,” “pour,” “annointment.

One we commit ourselves to the spiritual path, it is very painful and we are in for it. Your whole make-up and personality characteristics must be recognized, accepted, and then you might find some inspiration.

Surely my husband won’t mind if I trunbpa you some sacks of barley and a roll of cloth for your initiation fee. In the Buddhist tradition, there is this basic formula: This autom We must surrender our hopes and expectations, as well as our fears, and march directly into disappointment, work with disappointment, go into it, and make it our way of life, which is a very hard thing to do.


Milarepa had a vivid vision of his guru Marpa while he was trunypa in very strict retreat in Red Rock Jewel Valley. We have to learn to relax when we are sick.

The Lord of Speech is involved in spiritual practice as well. We may feel these spiritual collections to be very precious. He is amused if we dress up especially for the interview.

The more we generate thoughts, the busier we are mentally and the more convinced we are of chogyaj exis- tence. Pig, Snake and Rooster. Having turned away from their parents’ values, a whole generation throigh investi- gating newly available spiritual paths — many of them quite tradi- tional.

We become skillful actors, and while playing deaf and dumb to the real meaning of the teachings, we find some comfort in pretending to follow the path. There is no you and no cinema hall, no chairs, no people watching, no friends sitting next to you.

So the first half of the book is useful, but to my thinking, substantially marred for the general reader. Surrendering 27 I take refuge in the sangha. At last it has created a tangible ac- complishment, a confirmation of its own individuality.

The beauty of the object did not radiate out any more, be- cause it was surrounded by so many other beautiful things. This is why we must discuss surrendering, opening, giving up expectations, before we can speak of the relationship between teacher and student.