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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Materialismm simply have to let ourselves be. One has to work with a kind of “middle way,” a complete state of “being as you are. Couldn’t put it down. These words, esjjecially the term “guru,” have acquired meanings and associations in the West which are misleading and which generally add to the confusion around the issue of what it means to study with a spiritual teacher.

There was no physical or spiritual materialism in Marpa’s life-style at all. Each time Marpa ordered Milarepa to dismantle a house, he would give some absurd excuse, such as having been drunk when he ordered the house built or never having ordered such a house at all.

There is a story regarding the Buddha which recounts how ]. The first part of the book deals with the fact that “ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality. Matefialism in order that you might open, you will probably have to undergo tests by your spiritual 42 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism friend and by life situations in general, all of these tests taking the form of disappointment. Or perhaps religion may provide us with a rationalization for creating a secure nest, a simple but comfortable home, for acquiring an amiable mate, and a stable, easy job.

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So, if you have difficult tasks to perform, such as dealing with people or life situations, you do not feel as if you are running out of resources. If we go to hear a teacher speak, we should not allow ourselves to be carried away by his reputation and charisma, but we should properly experience each word of his lecture or each aspect of the meditation technique being taught. He cared for his students as he cared for his crops and family. So I can afford to open. Training one’s mind, body, and speech in accordance wpiritual the truth would bring about the understanding and wisdom that produces peace.


It seems that I cannot get away from trying to secure my- self. Who is de- ceiving whom? The head of the church then works out some justifi- cation and gives the policy his blessing under the pretense that the king is the protector of ttungpa faith.

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.

His teaching was sound and open.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

There he Tlie Guru. The process of receiving teaching depends upon the student The Guru truhgpa giving something in return; some kind of psychological sur- render is necessary, a gift of some sort.

In this way we learn how to deal with these factors, how to relate with them, not in the sense of causing them to mature in the way we would like, teungpa in the sense of knowing them for what they are and working with their pattern.

To the converted it will seem either seductive or insidious. No matter what the practice or teaching, ego loves to wait in ambush to appropriate spirituality for its own survival and gain.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa

I can safely surrender. We have to surrender and expose the raw and rugged quality of our ego. We may even go so far as 8 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism to achieve the totally demonic state of complete “Egohood.

Anything which is created trungpq, sooner or later, die. It is self-destruction rather than destruction by someone else. It is not as simple and easy as we might think.


Proper shopping does not entail collecting a lot of informa- tion or beauty, but it spiirtual fully appreciating each indi- vidual object.

The Lord of Form refers to the throughh pursuit of physical 6 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism comfort, security and pleasure. We know where we stand, therefore we make the gesture of surrendering, of opening, which means communication, link, direct communication with the object of our surrendering.

Naropa told him, “Now you must return to Tibet and teach. They had already studied somewhat with other teachers, but had decide to concentrate on trying to learn from this particular person. All of those things belong to a personwhereas enlightenment contains no sense of me and not-me. Of course Marpa is an example of dpiritual possibilities open to us. I don’t know what nationality to bring up, but if we were Indians, for instance, you wouldn’t speak to us this way, would you?

One discovers a different way of being. This book is a good read for those of us who have hit the spiritual high our whole lives, often using not fraudulent, trungpw just very accumulative, sometimes spiritually arrogant, methods of getting us there.

As your practice becomes more prominent in daily life activities, you begin to trust yourself and have a compassionate attitude. Taking refuge in a mother or father-princii le is truly self-defeating; the refuge-seeker has no real basic strength at all, no true inspira- tion.

There is no deception in terms of collecting knowledge. Because America is looking so hard for spirituality, religion becomes an easy way to make money and achieve fame. Thus, self-deception always manifests itself in terms of trying to create or recreate a dream world, the nostalgia of the dream experience.

But then he turns around and dismisses approaches outside of his througy emotional transmission.