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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Nothing will be left. We cannot matetialism any way free ourselves from the domination of the Three Lords unless we too cut through, layer by layer, the elaborate de- fenses of these Lords.

So the first half of the book is useful, but to my thinking, substantially marred for the general reader. Again it is said in the teachings: If you die, you die for him.

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I would not say so. This book is rich, and introduces a great deal.

The Lord of Mind rules when we use spiritual and psychological disciplines as the means of maintaining our self-consciousness, of holding onto our sense of self.

His teaching was sound and open.

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Indeed, such criticism seems totally antithetical to the ethos of this book. True spirituality is not a battle, not a quality, not an ultimate analysis, and it is not an accomplishment. Such a position brought with it a certain cuttig of local promi- nence, but Marpa was more ambitious and so, although he was married by now and had a family, he continued to save spiritul earnings until he had amassed a large amount of gold.


It makes you reflect and helps you examine your own experience. Once again, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in Buddhism, meditation, or matters of spirituality – it is an excellent and refreshing introduction that begs multiple readings. The beauty of the object did not radiate out any more, be- cause it was surrounded by so throkgh other beautiful things.

He was a peasant, much less learned and sophisticated than Marpa had been when he met Naropa, and he had committed many crimes including murder.

This isn’t just about spiritual materialism. Tea Tastings 2 7 Jun 18, In order to develop an appreciation of your collection you have to start with one item. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Instead he found Marpa working on his farm, directing the laborers and plowing his land. He could not do that at all; it would be too humiliating. It’s certainly one of my favorites. But at some stage in this sort of situation something tends to go wrong. If we fall, we create a soft landing which pre- vents sudden shock.


It is not creative, though not exactly destructive. Self-deception needs the idea of evaluation and a very long memory. If he decides to play the role of cold icy water, you accept it.

As soon as we try to capture the experience, a whole series of chain reactions sets in. Mar 26, Justin rated it it was amazing Shelves: See all reviews.

If you are not involved with ma- terialism, either spiritually or physically, then there is no emphasis made on any extreme. It’s hard not to walk away from an initial reading feeling paranoid and deeply questioning one’s motives in spiritual practice.

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Whenever you experience difficulties, you hear the words of the guru. I recommend this one to anyone who has at least a beginning understanding of Buddhism. Tliere were only a spirifual ways for such a man to achieve any kind of position in 10th century Tibet — as a merchant, a bandit, or especially as a priest.

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