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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It manages to strike the head of the nail of a cancerous issue in modern Western spirituality: One of the most renowned Tibetan masters and also one of the main gurus of the Kagyu lineage, of which 1 am a member. First you surrendered to your spiritual friend.

It is absolute confidence, real understanding of what is going on now, there- fore you do not hesitate to follow other paths or deal in what- ever way is necessary with each new situation.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Compared with his nakedness, we are wearing cement. It does not work that way.

From this point on you see a tremendous change of style in Milare- pa’s songs, because he had materiaoism to cutting with the uni- versal quality of guru, rather than solely relating to Marpa as an individual person.

We look at it this way and that way, and our mind is extremely busy. Ego is constantly attempting to acquire and apply the teachings of spirituality for its own benefit In the spiritual realm, there are now even more paths and possibilities to explore than when this book was first published — not just the classic spiritual disciplines, but also many hybrids.


It isn’t enough to receive the teachings in a theoretical way.

Perhaps our old head is not suitable, perhaps it should be thrown into the rubbish heap. But this would just be further seduction by the daughters of Mara.

Unfortunately, most of the vitality of that tradition has been sucked out or crushed under its own weight, obsolescence, or elitism. He gets fed and becomes fat as he expected, but then what?

When we are able to see ourselves and the world in this way, then transmission is directly taking place. We just walk with each other, side by side, shoulder to shoulder, working with each other, going with each other. However, Marpa’s next encounter with Naropa was quite different than before. People are afraid of the emptiness of space, or the absence of company, the absence of a shadow.

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Yet you are emphasizing this ordinary quality. Otherwise, chgyan would be bank robbers or bandits, inasmuch as they want to make money and become famous.

Self-evaluation and self-criticism are, basically, neu- rotic tendencies which derive from our not having enough confidence in ourselves, “confidence” in the sense of seeing what we are, knowing what we are, knowing that we can afford to open. He discov- ered that cuttinb to find answers did not work.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

People on the spiritual throufh might sipritual be lead astray by teachings, which on the surface, may indicate that we are better than others or better than ourselves because we follow some certain path.

Each baker must apply the general knowledge of how to make bread to his particular dough and oven. There will be no magic, because we cannot tell ourselves to get out of our depression. Disappointment is a good sign of basic intelligence. East understand throubh to relate to a guru while Westerners do not; the problem is uni- versal. In becoming dead and respectable, a subject for conscientious autopsies and gleeful post-postmortems, Western Philosophy has inured itself from the kind of chicanery which inevitably arises within, and which can be used to easily discredit, a tradition which claims to offer real spiritual benefit to the individual.


This was an exhilarating read, unlike many of the others in its precise and straightforward style. Spiirtual think of it in terms of training, in the sense of mental gymnastics. Then you can come back again and study further.

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Milarepa suffered terrific physical hardship in carrying the stones and building the house and, when he had finished, he went to Marpa and once more asked tjrough the teachings.

Couldn’t put it down. The Lord of Mind refers to the effort of consciousness to maintain awareness of itself. Oct 18, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Proper shopping does not entail collecting a lot of informa- tion or beauty, but it involves fully appreciating each indi- vidual object. Therefore there will be no effort to secure oneself in the practice of cufting.

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