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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We just walk with each other, side by side, shoulder to shoulder, working with each other, going with each other. The Lords have still further defense mechanisms, but it would be too complicated to discuss them in this context. How could this happen?
We present everything to the object of our surrendering. No trivia or quizzes yet.
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
But how many of us could actually do this? That is because you are receiving spiri- tual instruction, because this is a spiritual thing that is hap- soiritual to you, it is sacred.
However, we cannot experience that which we are trying to imitate; we can only find some area within the bounds of ego that seems to be the same thing. You must go through certain life experiences. This means stepping out of ego’s constant desire for a higher, more spiri- tual, more transcendental version of knowledge, religion, vir- tue, judgment, comfort or whatever it is that the particular ego is seeking.
Whenever teachings come to a country from abroad, the problem of spiritual materialism is intensified. When Marpa first met his own teacher, Naropa, Naropa cre- ated an altar which he said was the embodiment of the wisdom of a particular heruka. Read this book and his others. Surrendering does not involve preparing for a soft landing; it means just landing on hard, ordinary ground, on rocky, wild countryside.
In other words, we begin to play a game, a game of wanting to open, wanting to be involved in a love affair with our guru, and then wanting to run away from him. Everyone who came appre- ciated its beauty, including ourselves.
Personally, I do not wish to play on people’s weakness, their desire to get some- thing extraordinary.
For in order to understand a spiritual path, we must acknowledge and understand our own mind, now, as it pertains to the journey. They recharge your energy, because in the process of relating to them, you acknowledge your wealth, your richness. The simplicity of meditation means just materiallism the ape instinct of ego.
That Autumn, after years of heavy alcohol epiritual, he had a cardiac arrest, and he died of heart failure the following Spring.
As long as a person is involved with warfare, choygam to defend or attack, then his action is not sacred; it is mundane, dualistic, a battlefield situation. This approach is extremely creative and positive. Abhisheka, true initiation, is born out of surrender. We have to surrender and expose the raw and rugged quality of our ego.
These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Marpa presented his quality of being a farmer-yogi. How do you take off your suit of armor? I got lost somewhere in the middle when the monkey decided to live in trungpq house with no exits, all the while ramming himself into the walls that he made real.
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa
He wanted to raise people’s awareness to a level where they could distinguish between what is genuine spiritual progress and what is ego hijack- ing spirituality for its own purposes. The protective mechanism of ego involves checking one- self, which is an unnecessary kind of self-observance. In a nutshell, spiritual materialism is that which accumulates within ourselves that obscures our ability to see things as they really are and hampers our ability to live within that context, without all the baggage of expectation and stress and judgment and egocentricity and so on.
But unfortunately it is so. Our mental habits become so strong as to be hard to penetrate.
Anything that seems right to you will be wrong, any- thing tyrough doesn’t turn you upside-down will bury you. Spiritual awakening is not a happy-go-lucky endeavor. This is the whole point: 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.
Straightforward, exact, precise, a joy to read, and a great pleasure.