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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In fact, considering initiation “sacred” is probably seduction by what Buddhists refer to as “the daughters of Mara. It is very naive.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa

As Trungpa says, “You must allow yourself to trust yourself, to trust in your own intelligence. The meeting of the two minds really takes place very natur- ally. Char- latans would not choose to be charlatans unless they were in- spired to do so. That is an imaginary situation. Overall though, the student dialogues bring a greater clarity to the topics at hand. A; The teaching just happened.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Yet you are emphasizing this ordinary quality. In despair, he decided to commit suicide and was just about to kill himself when Marpa mateiralism to him and told him that he was ready to receive the teaching.


No one can turn you completely upside down and inside out. This rationalization of the spiritual path and one’s actions must be cut through if true spirituality is to be realized.

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This is still a radical notion for some. At this point the phenom- enon of the personality cult becomes prominent. Or we might falsely assume that initiation means transplan- tation, transplanting the spiritual power of the teachings from the guru’s heart into our own. Is it simply a matter of attempting to be religi- ous, pious and good?

I will say it is very direct and relevant. His other remarks on compassion are mind-expanding.

At his best, Trongpa conveys the many dangers of bringing misplaced egoism into a spiritual journey, but he addresses cuttinng substance of that journey only intermittently and superficially. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

We are captivated by the awe- some, inspiring, dignified and colorful aspect of “Guruji. Then the situation presents itself and teaching happens. During this time, he also studied Japanese flower arranging and received an instructors degree from the Sogetsu school of ikebana.

Either the situation does not coincide with your expectations or there is a self-conscious feeling that “I splritual not be able spiritul open completely and thor- oughly. To the converted it will seem either seductive or insidious.

If you really open yourself to your spiritual friend, then you are bound to work together. Have you accepted any spiritual master as a guru, any particular living spiritual master?


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This chgyzm to the process of initiation is very romantic and not at all valid. We have committed ourselves to the pain of exposing ourselves, to taking off our clothes, our skin, nerves, heart, brain, until we are exposed to the universe. It does not matter what we use to achieve self-justification: Cygyam is called the “honeymoon period” in which everything is seen as a part of this central being, the guru.

It has noth- ing to do with gullibly accepting impressive credentials, nor is it a matter of joining a club that we might be enriched.

If we become successful at maintaining our self-conscious- ness through spiritual techniques, then genuine spiritual de- velopment is highly unlikely. If I were seeking that I would go to his book. You tend to get too close to the teacher, but once you do, you get trough. At one point, a student asks Trungpa what would happen if the monkey – the metaphor he uses in explaining the 5 skandhas and the development of ego – took lsd.