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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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So who are you following, more or less?

This is often complicated further when the reader already has some expectations from or, dare I say, reverence for some or other portion of that corpus. Either the situation does not coincide with your expectations or there is a self-conscious feeling that “I may not be able to open completely and thor- oughly.

He had not written down those teachings which were part of his own experience. Enlightenment is permanent be- cause we have not produced it; we have merely discovered it. Then Marpa appeared in a vision, riding a white snow lion, and said to him some- thing like, “What is the matter with you?

Then the student hands down the teachings to another student and so the process goes.

He happened to have seven children and a wife, and he looked after his farm, cultivating the land and supporting himself and his family. Spiritual materialism is ego-reinforcing and becomes itself another form of duality. We hear the voices of the daughters of Mara congratulating us that we have managed to do such a holy thing.

Whatever Guruji does is for me, because he is on my side.

If we are small, then someone greater can crush us. Ego is able to convert everything to its own use, even spiri- tuality. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This is the point at which one begins to gain one’s independence from the guru as lover, because every situation spirituual an expression of the teachings. Tea Tastings 2 7 Jun 18, I am not saying that these views are unjustifiable, but the author didn’t bother to justify them here.

You do not have to follow someone’s tail, but you sail along.

Spiritusl Lord of Speech re- fers to the use of concepts as filters to screen us from a direct perception of what is. I don’t normally like to consider ad hominem arguments when contextualizing a text, but when the topic is as fraught for abuse as this, it strikes me as prudent to consider the source. We adopt sets of categories which serve as handles, as ways of managing phenomena.


Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

He cared for his students as he cared for his crops and family. We go around and around, trying to improve ourselves through struggle, until we realize that the ambition to improve ourselves is itself the problem.

A foreign element is transplanted into us from outside our body.

But when we brought the object home and put it there, it became just another addition to our junky collection. Naropa seemed very cold and imper- sonal, almost hostile, and his first words to Marpa were, “Good to see you again.

The teacher created the situation, we experienced this flash, and everything seems to be fine. Feb 01, Russell Eric Dobda rated it liked it.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism – Wikipedia

Our mind is overcrowded with extra- ordinary, intelligent, logical, scientific and cunning sugges- tions. After Marpa had finished studying with Kukuripa, he re- turned once more to his original guru, Naropa.

The most fully de- veloped products of this throhgh are ideologies, the systems of ideas that rationalize, justify and sanctify our lives. Having stumbled around various spiritual centers, I feel that a personality like Marpa must be a very troublesome phenomenon for most addicts along these lines.

Chogyam Trunga wrote this book for his students who were so into attaining enlightenment, nirvana, etc, they began thinking they didn’t need to care for themselves on the earth plane i. Whenever you experience difficulties, you materiallsm the materialiem of the guru. Trrungpa people have now become the elders for a new generation of inquisitive minds. If we search for a guru or teacher, we expect him to be saintly, peaceful, quiet, a simple and yet wise man.

As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. At that mo- ment there is no world; your whole being is cugting scene of that movie.

Straightforward, exact, precise, a joy to read, througj a great pleasure. It has nothing to do with spirits or afterlife. For in order to understand a spiritual path, we must acknowledge and understand our own mind, now, as it pertains to the journey. So the real experience, beyond the dream world, is the beauty and color and excitement of the real experience of now in everyday life. If we get too close to our spiritual friend, then we begin to feel overpowered by him.


Your whole make-up and personality characteristics must be recognized, accepted, and then you might find some inspiration. This is a useful message.

splritual The matetialism are not passed along as information, handed down as a grandfather tells tra- ditional folk tales to ‘his grandchildren. Never before have I felt such a sense of being talked to by a book in terms of telling me not what to think about myself or my practice as with this one. The familiar theories of our family church and its doctrine are always available, but somehow these are not the answers we seek; they are a bit too ineffective, not applicable.

Somehow we lost the unity of openness and what we are. True initiation involves dealing honestly and straight forwardly with our spiritual friend and ourselves.

Now the situation was almost unbearable. When we think that we chgyam working on the forward-moving process of attempting to empty ourselves out, we find ourselves going backwards, trying to secure ourselves, filling ourselves up. Or is it trying to know more than other people, trying to learn more about the significance of life?

Mar 26, Justin rated it it was amazing Shelves: At best, you will be able to catch momentary glimpses, but you have to learn how to meditate from someone who is very experienced. We must surrender our hopes and expectations, as well as our fears, and march directly into disappointment, work with disappointment, go into it, and make it our way of life, which is a very hard thing to do.

That’s throygh one of the things cuttting makes me love Tibetan Buddhism – how detailed is every step of the path, how you are provided with specific practices for each and every one of them.