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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Feb 23, Maggie rated it it was amazing. But when they returned he said to them, “I understand your hypocrisy. Again, the use of intellect is througu in itself the Lord of Speech. If you find that leading an ordinary life is a sane thing to do, that 48 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, is dharma. Throuh at that point Materiialism began to speak to him in a totally intelligible, coherent voice and the dogs stopped harrassing him and Marpa received the teachings.

If you are going to make friends with a spiritual master, you must make friends simply, openly, so that the communication takes place between equals, rather than trying to win the master over to you. Also, his appreciation of Naropa’s fame outweighed his dis- appointment, and so he gave Naropa most of his gold and asked for teachings.

Naropa agreed to Marpa’s re- quests quite easily, gave Marpa instruction, and everything wenl smoothly.

And yet many who embark on the spiritual path see meditation as a battle with the ego, an attempt to break certain habits, to overcome certain mentalities, to free themselves from illusions. One has to allow throkgh instinct to determine which will be the first thing to pick up. The first part of the book deals with the fact that “ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality.

You will not accept that whatever is cutring now is what is, nor are you willing to go on with the situation as it is. Self-deception needs the idea of evaluation and a very long memory.

This is called the “honeymoon period” in which everything is seen as a part of this central being, the guru.


It is completely insig- nificant, truly ordinary, absolutely nothing. The language and style is b I cannot praise this book enough. Then he must per- sonally experience the freshness of this bread and materiallism cut it mqterialism and eat it warm. Even worse, most of the argumentation was presented initially through metaphor.

Or did we merely regard it as a part of our vast and growing collection? Thus, self-deception always manifests itself in terms of trying to create or recreate a dream world, the nostalgia of the dream experience. We also attempt to analyze ourselves: In the Buddhist tradition, there is this basic formula: We cannot in 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.

After a difficult journey of some months they crossed the Himalayas into India and proceeded to Bengal where they went their separate ways.

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We tend to be apologetic: They represent the aspects of the enlightened state— compassion, knowledge and power. That inspiration awakens the student, as his teacher was awakened before him.

But Marpa said to him, “You want to receive teachings from me, just like that, merely because you built this tower for me? I catch myself, and that is where I feel I am taking a bit of a left turn– always telling myself that I am more “not of the flesh” than others, even though I use material means to achieve my spiritual goals, and then I re-use these spiritual experiences as if they were gathered like money or something tangible, rather than being mindful, and open, and in-the-present.

So we see charlatans in the role of student, chela, as well as in the role of guru. It is not as simple and easy as we might think.

There are many stories of matdrialism relationships in the past in which the student had to make long journeys and endure many hardships until his fascination and impulses began to wear out. We have achieved and we have learned.

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I read it to get something out of it, and was very disappointed. The Buddha, for example, was not a religious fanatic, attempting to act in accordance with some high ideal. Jan 03, Todd Mertz rated it it was amazing.


If one searches for any kind of bliss or joy, the realization of one’s imagination and dream, then, equally, one is going to suffer failure and depression. So who are you following, more or less?

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Our vast collections of knowledge and experience are just part of ego’s display, part of the grandiose quality of ego. A; The teaching just happened. Full text of ” Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.

I was much more engaged with this material, but I couldn’t help thinking that the purpose would have been better served by giving more time to the titular subject, or else expanding upon one or more of these fundamental doctrines in its own right, any one of which stands up to a lifetime of study. This is the meaning of self-deception, in this case througg ego crying that it has lost the egoless state, its dream of attainment.

At least the reader of the book stands a chgham of being aware of what is happening to them. The Lords have still further defense mechanisms, but it would be too complicated to discuss them in this context. The wrong way to take refuge involves seeking shelter — worshipping mountains, sun gods, moon gods, deities of epiritual kind simply because they would seem to be greater than we.

It seems that I cannot get away from trying to secure my- self. This thhrough takes many forms.

Then Naropa said to him, “What need have I of gold? It is essential to surrender, to open yourself, to present what- ever you are to the guru, rather than trying to present yourself as a worthwhile student.

Rather it refers to the neurotic preoccupation that drives us to create them, to try to control nature.