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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Whenever we have a dualistic notion such as, “1 am doing this because I want to maetrialism a particular state of conscious- ness, a particular state of being,” then automatically we sepa- rate ourselves from the reality of what we are. It is important to see that the main point of any sj iritual practice is to step out of the bureaucracy of ego. And each time we found an antique, because we were dealing with only one object at a time, we saw it as beautiful and thought it would be beautiful in our shop.

One we commit ourselves to the spiritual path, it is very painful and we are in for it.

For example, are you drawn to Buddhism because it’s got spkritual nice aesthetic or because you are ready to commit to some very difficult spritual practice? The guru seemed to be quite happy when they did so and told them all to come back the next day.

No matter what the practice or teaching, ego loves to wait in ambush to appropriate spirituality for its own survival and gain.

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I trust the genuine quality of this search but we must question its nature. We know where we stand, therefore we make the gesture of surrendering, of opening, which means communication, materrialism, direct communication with the object of our surrendering.


Such fortifications could extend to an infinite empire. America has achieved an extremely sophisticated level of physical material- ism. This is my best attempt to summarize the core message of this book.

In meditation practice we clear away the Introduction 5 confusion of ego in order to glimpse the awakened state. To the converted it will seem either seductive or insidious. The neurotic state of mind is not difficult or impossible to deal with. In searching for a teacher, this seems to be the guideline rather than fame or wisdom. 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.

He just dealt with people simply, openly and very wisely. Once again, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in Buddhism, meditation, or matters of spirituality – it is an excellent and refreshing introduction that begs multiple readings.

I bought this book in and let it sit on throguh bookshelf in California, Austin, then Guatemala until finally reading it this spring.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

This is the more complicated action of self-deception: Oct mtaerialism, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: If we do not step out of spiritual materialism, if we in fact prac- tice it, then we may eventually find ourselves possessed of a huge collection of spiritual paths.

The teachings in this book remind me of that sword, sharp citting decisive and able to cut through so many of the misguided attachments we may have to our spiritual development. You sense that you are read- ing these words.


We believe that we have accumulated a hoard of knowledge. Aug 02, Chris Lemig rated it it was amazing. At his best, Trongpa conveys the many dangers of bringing misplaced egoism into a spiritual journey, but he addresses the substance of that journey only intermittently and superficially.

The spiritual friend becomes part of you, as well as being an individual, external person. There are many stories of teacher-student relationships in the past in which the student had to make long journeys and endure many hardships until his fascination and impulses began to wear out. Sometimes the delusion is more 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 anymore, or simply the arrogance that having encountered insight makes one better than other people.

But what is it all about? In any case, I strongly recommend this book to anyone intersted in seriously pursuing any spiritual path first half of itreviewing already familiar Buddhist concepts second partor to anyone wishing to read one of the greatest, most challenging Tibetan Buddhist teachers of the 20th Century. Many books provide comfort or guidance, this one is like a mirror and what you see in it depends on how much trunngpa are willing to see When we find that he does not match our expecta- tions, then we begin to be disappointed, we begin to maaterialism.