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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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Then the student hands down the teachings to another student and so the process goes. The next time you go to another teacher you will renounce me. You feel such admiration for him. This shrine is my creation, cutging without me the shrine would not be here at all. When we are able to see throuugh and the world in this way, then transmission is directly taking place. The Lords have still further defense mechanisms, but it would be too complicated to discuss them in this context.

They are still saving money to buy bicycles on the way to auto- mobiles.

This attempt takes many forms. It did not mean anything anymore. This was an exhilarating read, unlike many of the others in its precise and straightforward style. Trungpa often mentions the two-edged sword of prajna, or transcendent knowledge, which cuts through delusion.

But what does this initiation really mean? Situations are the voice of my guru, the presence of my guru. Only the details of their life-situa- tions are different. It is quite a common phenomenon. Would the teachings of Christ in themselves be a spiritual friend? It is a message that has resonated with students for nearly thirty years, and remains fresh as ever today.


The Three Lords seem too powerful to overthrow, and we don’t know what to replace them with. If the strategy of continually creating overlapping thoughts is penetrated, then the Lords stir up emotions to distract us.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Occasionally, readers are reminded of the times. You try to secure yourself and, having achieved security, then you also attempt to secure that as well. So the practice of meditation involves “letting be. Is there any way out of this? But what else are we to do?

We are captivated by the awe- some, inspiring, dignified and colorful aspect of “Guruji. This struggle to maintain the sense of a solid, continuous self is the action of ego. True knowledge, in other words, is not transmissible through speech, but is the result of privileged state which only a few achieve.

People always come to the study of spirituality with some ideas already fixed in their minds of what it is they are going to get and how to deal with the person from whom they think they will get it. However, if we are involved with spiritual material- ism, if we regard spirituality as a part of our accumulation of learning and virtue, if spirituality becomes a way of build- ing ourselves up, then of course the whole process of surren- dering is completely distorted.

It is when, instead of thriugh any insight into the universe as it is, this act of spirituality becomes just another thing you add to the collection of your identity.

Then you craft it into an ornament, whatever design you like, and you put it on. The whole world is gold for me! Suddenly Marpa felt mategialism confused and paranoid.

If Introduction 7 a world of nameable things exists, then “I” as one of the name- able things exists as well.


Do you think spiritual materialism is a particularly American problem? Published October 22nd by Shambhala first published At this point we really need rhrough meeting of the two minds.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Naropa had seemed to indicate that he needed the gold and would teach Marpa in return for it. You may be surprised to learn that Trungpa, far from being an ascetic monk, also had notorious penchants for bedding his female students and for going on drunken debauches. Abhisheka, true initiation, is born out of surrender. It is the dissatisfaction which accompanies ego’s struggle that inspires us to examine what we are doing. Trungpa has such a way with words, he makes even the most complex concepts easy to understand.

Thus the principle of the “universality of the guru” comes into the picture as well. We have to surrender and expose the raw and rugged quality of our ego.

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. After a difficult journey of some months they crossed the Himalayas into India and proceeded to Bengal where they went their separate ways. In the Buddhist tradition the analogy of the sun appearing from behind the clouds is often used to explain the discovery of enlightenment. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

His wisdom came from transcendental common sense.