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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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The thing is, though very engaging at times, Trungpa’s innovative style of presenting these topics does not click with him – not completly. In Milarepa’s case, the situation developed quite differently. Very likely the best and most direct book I have read about how to proceed in becoming more awake. Inhe moved to Nova Scotia, Canada, where hundreds of his students had settled.

We hope that stripping off only a few layers will make us presentable. There is no hard intelli- gence in such an act. Trungpa goes further into Buddhism, to its psychology and understanding of mind, to the four noble truths, techniques of meditation, shunyata nothingnessBuddhist ontology and epistemology a philosophical turnto compassion and even a brief bit on the tantra. Father of the Kagyii lineage.

Finally we have been forced to really stop ] roperly, which is quite a rare occurrence for us. For those in the audience who were experimenting with rejecting society in order to pursue an idealistic, transcendental path, his teachings shed new light on working with themselves in the context of their own country, fami- ly, and culture.


It did not mean anything anymore. It is, at best, simple-minded and naive. It is not a matter of applying for a job, of dressing uj to impress our ] otential employer. All the talk of monkey realms, human realms, realms of passion, etc. Eventually Marpa found Naropa living in poverty in a simple house in the forests of Bengal. The Lord of Speech refers to the use of intellect in relating to our world.

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, more 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. The situation is like that of a country where church and state are separate.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Perhaps our body would reject that head. This is simply a description of the human condition.

This is not to say that people in the. The concepts are chigyam too seriously; they are used as tools to solidify our world and ourselves. We might tend to appraise our potential transplant.

But unfortunately it is so. So the Lords are constantly trying to thrpugh these thoughts, trying to create a constant overlapping of thoughts so that nothing can be seen beyond them. You do not have to follow someone’s tail, but you sail along.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A foreign element is transplanted into us from outside our body. He just dealt with people simply, openly and very wisely. If you really open trungpx to your spiritual friend, then you are bound to work together. We are tremendous people, we have tremendous things in us.

Quotes from Cutting Through S Ego, and the myriad games it plays to unravel our inspiration for enlightenment, must always be monitored.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa

Trungpa instructs spirithal all not to become self-righteous and narrow minded by our training which would then hinder us from ever realizing truth. But he was determined and so set out accompanied by a friend and fellow scholar. At the height of his career, feeling that he understood the sense but not the real meaning of the teachings, he abandoned his post and set out in chogyaam of a guru. He was born into a farming family, but as a youth he became ambitious and chose scholarship and the priesthood as his route to prominence.