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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This approach is extremely creative and positive. At this point Marpa announced to his relatives his intentions to travel to India to collect more teachings. Nov 23, Cicely Kolb rated it it was amazing. It is the dissatisfaction which accompanies ego’s struggle that inspires us to examine what we are doing. If you live, you survive for him and are insignificant. He just dealt with people simply, openly and very wisely.
When he arrived at Naropa’s hut and asked for more rare and exotic and advanced teachings, to his surprise Naropa told him, “I’m sorry, but you can’t receive these teachings from me.
We hear the voices of the daughters of Mara congratulating us that we have managed to do such a holy thing. Spiritual awakening is not a happy-go-lucky endeavor. For in order to understand a spiritual path, we must acknowledge and understand our own mind, now, as it pertains to the journey. It’s hard not to walk away from an initial reading feeling paranoid and deeply questioning one’s motives in spiritual practice.
If we ask ourselves, “What is wrong with evaluating, with taking sides?
After this tour of the sidetracks along the way, we discuss the broad outlines of the true spiritual path. Or we might falsely assume that initiation means transplan- tation, transplanting the spiritual power of the teachings from the guru’s heart into our own. It has noth- ing to do with gullibly accepting impressive credentials, nor is it a matter of joining a club that we might be enriched.
So, if you have materrialism tasks to perform, such as dealing with people tbrough life situations, you do not feel as if you are running out of resources.
The problem seems to be that people worry about a conflict between the religious and the profane. Indeed, he makes some wonderful points about flexibility and extracting wisdom and whatever is to be learned from any situation or person, regardless of how one may be disposed to categorize or objectify said people or situations. Walking the spiritual path properly is a very subtle process; it is not vhogyam to jump into naively. Milarepa suffered terrific physical hardship in carrying the stones and building the house and, when he had finished, he went to Marpa and once more asked for the teachings.
It is absolute confidence, real understanding of what is going on now, there- fore you do not hesitate to follow other paths or deal in what- ever way is necessary with each new situation.
It would be very inspir- ing for him. The simplicity of meditation means just experiencing the ape instinct of ego. Why do you think that people are so protective of their egos? The teachings have the quality of warm, 18 Culling Through Spirilual Materialism fresh baked bread; the bread is still warm and hot and fresh.
The evaluation comes from the fear of being separated, which is just what keeps us separated. Whenever we have a dualistic notion such as, “1 am doing this because I want to achieve a particular state of conscious- ness, a particular state of being,” then automatically we sepa- rate ourselves from the reality of what we are.
That very point, that very moment, is naterialism self-deception comes in. Well, to be materjalism, it was very difficult, very layered. But what really made this book a gem for me, one that I will undoubtedly read a The subject matter here is at once profound and immediately applicable to anyone with a spiritual interest.
To me, this kind of broad statement reeks of sectionalism and cultural conservatism and conflicts with the principle that there are manifold paths to enlightenment. If you really appreciate an object of beauty, then you completely identify with it and forget yourself.
No one can really change your per- sonality absolutely. Spirltual is not creative because your faith and yourself have never made any connection, any com- munication. We open ourselves to the situation as it is, and then we make real communication with the teacher.
There is no escap- ing it.
Do you think spiritual materialism is a particularly American problem? Such a position brought with it a certain degree 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 his earnings until he had amassed a large amount of gold.
In following a spiritual path we may substitute a new religious ideology for our former beliefs, but continue to use it in the old neurotic way. Some people regard it as a trancelike state of mind. I was really excited by the summaries on Amazon from people who had read this book, and so I ordered the book right away when I discovered it. Beyond this razor-slice of clarity is the path by trugnpa one cuts through spiritual materialism to the actual practice of Buddhism.