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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Examines the self-deceptions, distortions, and sidetracks that imperil the spiritual journey as well as awareness and fearlessness of the true path. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The universal tendency, he shows, is to see spirituality as a process of self-improvement—the impulse to develop and refine the ego when the ego is, by nature, essentially empty. It is a message that has resonated with students for nearly thirty years, and remains fresh as ever today.

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Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga. Review “The usefulness of this book lies in Trungpa’s uncanny ability to cut right to the heart of the matter spiditual presents his understanding of Buddhism and the way of life it teaches in a manner that is applicable to his students’ living situation.

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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Spiritual materialism means making use materia,ism spirituality to gratify the desires of ego. On the grossest level, it can be like in the old song, “So Spuritual It’s Been Good to Materizlism You,” where the preacher talks to his flock about the coming of the end of this world, and then takes up a big collection and disappears with it.

It can be traveling around the world, collecting the jaterialism and icons of all the different spiritual traditions, and then displaying them in one’s home to show off to the neighbors how culturally sophisticated and religiously open-minded we are. Or it can be even more subtle in the sense that we do not gain any overt benefit from chgysm spiritual practice at all, but we merely collect spiritual credentials in order to demonstrate to ourselves, “See, I am a good person” or “See, I am a wise person.


I am always on the giving end of things, and I am proud to realize it! The problem with spiritual materialism is that we cheat ourselves with it; we try to profit from it, but we lose as a result. Maybe we feel wonderful about having earned an important sounding credential within our church; we have now become one of those people who walk around with a VIP button on their lapel. Maybe there is nothing wrong with the button, but if we mistake it for genuine spiritual accomplishment and cuttkng working on our own hearts and minds as a result, then we have truly done ourselves a disservice.

Although spiritual materialism is rampant nowadays, Chogyam Trungpa made its dangers very clear in his original teachings, many of which are contained in this book. I would say that Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism is a must read for everyone who may be considering embarking upon a spiritual journey, or even for those people who have already begun and wish to stop, cjgyam their breath, and take a second look at where they are going.

This is, by all measures, the most magical and powerful book on spirituality in general and Buddhism in particular, I have ever read.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa

This is nothing like the usual New Age “positive thinking” garbage, which otherwise tends to pollute the spiritual book department.

This is living, breathing wisdom in book form. It manages to strike the head of the nail of a cancerous issue in modern Western spirituality: The desire to wear your spiritual “achievements” as a crown and a proof of your superiority. Trungpa disassembles this notion, in a very direct and easy-to-understand way, and leaves you naked and hopefully with a little less ego. Back in the human realm.

This is not a book for the faint-hearted. It is a book for people who would like to expand their understanding of the human condition and the traps and dead-ends of spiritual communities. I first read this book in Now, my students at Sokukoji Buddhist Monastery are still studying this book as a group every Tuesday evening.

Probably, one of the best introductions in the west to training the mind and to understanding the Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist path. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. He starts at the beginning of the Yoga practice – not the goal of nirvana.

In the beginning it is to have compassion for yourself so you can enter into the” dance of life”. His other remarks on compassion are mind-expanding. His description of what I as a Westerner would call ego-formation were very thought provoking and also in line with my understanding of the function of the ego.

The last part of the book was not useful to me at this stage of my life because I am not trying to attain full enlightenment. If I were seeking that I would go to his book. A must read for anyone on the spiritual path. Though Trungpa’s writing can go all over the place and sometimes not follow any kind of linear path or thinking, the subject matter is very important for any serious practitioner to study.


The last thing to go before complete enlightenment is the ego! Sometimes we create an ego from spiritual practice rather than dissolving it!

This book is best understood in reading it in a group setting or with the guidance of someone who has spent time along the Way.

With this, or perhaps strong individual capacity it can be a be a quite helpful text that deserves many revisits to continue assimmulation of the material, which attempts to describe the non-conceptual experience of liberation, a daunting task; more for the reader than the writer.

Of all the Buddhist discourses I have read, those of Chogyam Trungpa strike me as cutting deeper and having a fresher quality of fearlessness. I say fearless because I have a sense that the author often borders on irreverence, but this turns out to be the right way to approach these topics.

It seems like the sense of reverence I get from many other authors has an aspect of caution to it, like they have to be careful not to speak too clearly or too specifically for fear that they may say the wrong thing or explain incorrectly. Probably this is a false kind of reverence that is rooted in lack of understanding. In a nutshell, worth reading over and over. I keep coming back to it. I also decided to buy the Audible version to listen to while commuting. I won’t attempt to explain in detail why thrlugh supersedes many other books of this genre.

I will say it is very direct and relevant. I am older in age, but I believe the original audience was relatively young. In this and other respects I believe you will find it unbiased curting universally applicable.

But it is especially for those who feel drawn to a life path characterized by an exceptionally deep wish to help all living beings. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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