Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Cutting Through Spiritual MaterialismThe Now Classic Cutting Through Spiritual Materialismis The Record Of Two Series Of Lectures Given By Trungpa Rinpoche In 1970 71 First Discussed Are The Various Ways In Which People Involve Themselves In Spiritual Materialism, The Many Forms Of Self Deception Into Which Aspirants May Fall After This Tour Of The Sidetracks Along The Way, The Broad Outlines Of The True Spiritual Path Are Discussed The Approach Presented Is A Classical Buddhist One Not In A Formal Sense, But In The Sense Of Presenting The Heart Of The Buddhist Approach To Spirituality Although The Buddhist Way Is Not Theistic, It Does Not Contradict The Theistic Disciplines Rather The Differences Between The Ways Are A Matter Of Emphasis And Method The Basic Problems Of Spiritual Materialism Are Common To All Spiritual Disciplines.

Meditation in Action , the first of fourteen books on the spiritual path published during his lifetime The following year he married

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  • Paperback
  • 250 pages
  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
  • Chögyam Trungpa
  • English
  • 02 August 2019
  • 9780877730507

10 thoughts on “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

  1. Andrea says:

    I d flipped through this many times before and read parts over the years, and it seems like there s always something new that stands out This time, it s a reminder of what I love most about the Buddhist approach to the awakened state that it s something that always exists, not something we need to try to create Over the last year or so, I ve seen and been part of so much striving and so much reaching, working, studying intensely, and taking Oh So Seriously the spiritual life an approach that, of course, only confuses matters When in reality, the awakened state is an act of just being Just being sane Just letting be.I see it happen with my yoga students and peers all the time they practice yoga for some period of time, then start getting really excited about the spiritual side of yoga, and then start doing all this reading and doing all these other practices and making all these rules that they believe they must follow in order to stay on this spiritual path And it s like as soon as they start adding...

  2. Roy Lotz says:

    We do not consider how we are going to vomit we just vomit. Ch gyam Trungpa was a charismatic and controversial figure in the Western popularization of Buddhism 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 Eventually he emigrated to the United States, where he founded several schools, and pioneered a secular interpretation of Buddhism, Shambhala Training 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.My interest in Trungpa was sparked by reading a book on meditation by his disciple, Pema Ch dr n, which I thought was excellent Spiritual Materialism, Trungpa s most famous book, contains two series of lectures Trungpa gave, in 1970 71, about the pitfalls of the spiritual path and how to overcome them As such, this series of lectures is largely theoretical rather than practical how to think about the spiritual path rather than what to do once you re on it even if there are practical ramifications Spiritual materialism is Trungpa s term for the ways that the ego co opts spirituality for its own benefit Ego is our sense of self In Buddhist thought, this sense of self is illusory the self is a pro...

  3. Gabrielle says:

    Ego is able to convert everything to its own use, even spirituality Spiritual materialism can be defined as a self delusion that some people have, when what they believe to be spiritual development is in fact strengthening their ego It s a very common trapping for students of Buddhism but not exclusively it actually occurs in all spiritual disciplines , and by publishing the notes from his talks, Chogyam Trungpa wished to help his students understand how they could avoid falling into it.Shallow spirituality can seem paradoxical, but it s common than we might imagine Many people are drawn to the esthetics of Eastern traditions it is beautiful and exotic and because they feel glamorous integrating parts of that in their lives it does make one sound special and worldly, doesn t it , but in those cases there s rarely any depth or honesty to the practice Sometimes the delusion is subtle, like believing that following a teacher absolves the student of any kind of responsibility and power, that once there s been an enlightenment experience one doesn t need to work on themselves any, or simply the arrogance that having encountered insight makes one b...

  4. Jenifer R. says:

    The spiritual path is lonely There is nothing to fall back on It could be a terrifying experience to have no one to relate to, nothing to relate with Yep.I love this book I first read it in the context of a reading group, and the collective feeling of discomfort in our discussions was palatable As it moves along, the book becomes a little complex Trungpa goes further into Buddhism, to its psychology and understanding of mind, to the four noble truths, techniques of meditation, shunyata nothingness , Buddhist ontology and epistemology a philosophical turn , to compassion and even a brief bit on the tantra This book is rich, and introduces a great deal Any ideas of spirituality as something out there to attain, or as some kind of self improvement will be quickly struck down This is definitely not a book for the new agey, feel good crowd But on second thought, maybe it is Disappointment is the best chariot to use on the path of the dharma This book is a record of a series of talks Trungpa gave to students in the early 70 s At the end of each of his talks, there is a QA with students, which produces some interesting questions ...

  5. Maggie says:

    I find that most of my pursuits are spiritual in their ends, but that they are contingent upon material winnings 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 I got a white color aura photo and was told that I have a crown chakra the highest, most enlightened of them all It seemed fishy to me because I feel just as full of anxieties and self doubt as any other person, I know just about as much of the truth of the Universe as anybody else Well, maybe than most people my age, I tell myself I catch myself, and that is where I feel I am taking a bit of a left turn always telling myself that I am 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 we...

  6. Evan says:

    This is my 100th read of the year Obviously, boasting about this is a form of spiritual materialism Sigh.In a nutshell, spiritual materialism is that which accumulates within ourselves that obscures our ability to see things as they really are and hampers our ability to live within that context, without all the baggage of expectation and stress and judgment and egocentricity and so on.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, 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 realm marked by our myriad confusions A lot of this I have already found useful in helping me see things with a open, forgiving, less possessive perspective.Now, do I actually buy into all of this stuff Maybe not or maybe that s just my ego defenses talking.I suppose a world of people working hard communally to provide for the basic good and nourishment of the self and one s neighbors while living without tremendous ambition in the now and engaging in frequent meditation has a certain appeal, given how we ve fucked over ourselves and everything else But, I mean, if we took Buddhism to its ultimate extreme, how could language even develop We can t label things or conceptualize Hmmm And I wonder how in a world entirely imbued by Buddhism could the b...

  7. Whitney says:

    This book is the most plain English explanation of the path of spirituality from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective I have ever read It does not contradict what is taught by theistic religions and it describes all religions to be different methods of attaining the same goal It has nothing to do with spirits or afterlife It has everything to do with our subjective reality of the present moment This book shows a path to a state of mind that allows you to flow like water through space and time rather than violently thrashing and splashing against the current as many of us currently are.The first talk is all about the common pitfalls of trying to attain realization These delusions are especially prevalent in the West, where the interest in these teachings is fairly new and we are deeply entrenched in a materialist worldview.Spiritual materialism is when you have the thought, I m working on myself or I m bettering myself It is when, instead of gaining any insight into the universe as it is, this act of spirituality becomes just another thing you add to the collection of your identity The goal of spiritual progression is to understand and see the eternal sameness of all things to give up the notion of duality Spiritual materialism is ego reinforcing and becomes itself another form of duality.In ...

  8. Chris Lemig says:

    When I first began to delve into Buddhism I though, Ah ha Here it is The TRUTH At first I thought that I would now just be able to read a few words and Wham, bam, thank you , Stan, I m enlightened I thought that the truth was supposed to be simple, profound and sublime If we had to talk about it too much then it couldn t be the TRUTH Well, I was wrong.Yes, the truth is simple but the way to it is ever unfolding It takes time, skill and effort to get to it We must read about it, study it, discuss it, practice it and apply it Over and over and over again This is what I have gotten out of Chogyam Trungpa s book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.The first part of the book deals with the fact that ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality Trungpa Rinpoche explains how this fundamental pitfall along the spiritual path can be avoided by being ever mindful of the trappings of the ego discursive thoughts, negative emotions, desires and judgements Paradoxically, we must also embrace our inner strength and cultivate a great confidence that we will be able to see this path to the end As Trungpa says, You must allow yourself to trust yourself, to trust in your own intelligence We are tremendous people, we have tremendous things in us We simply have to let ourselves be The second half of the book dives deep into Buddhist thought and philosophy which, of course, he shows to be non philosophy...

  9. Charlie says:

    It was not until I moved to Boulder Colorado, Trungpa s last home after his Tibetan exile that understood why he was so insitent on teaching Americans about how shallow we are in our various approachs to the embodying the wisdom of the East This text is designed as a sort of feedback mechanism for all the...

  10. Chris says:

    The concept of Spiritual materialism is very powerful Not sure I fully understand it yet After reading the book I immediately wanted to go back and reread it, because I know I will get a lot out of it Seldom do I read a book twice and then it is usually because I have forgotten I ve already read it.This...

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