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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.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Spiritual materialism means making use of spirituality to gratify the desires of ego. On the grossest level, it can be like in the old song, "So Long It's Been Good to Know 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 statues 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 our 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 stop 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, catch 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. 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. 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 it 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 and 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. 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. 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! 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. 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.
See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Absorbing and deeply interesting. The problem is that too many people, most in fact, cannot get beyond ego, the mind created concept of who they believe they are.
Once this is understood and they are able to find the stillness of the present moment often achieved through meditation and live in the now, they can overcome many of life's ills such as many types of depression and loneliness. I know, I did it and haven't looked back. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. Fabulous book, the best description of the ego I have ever read.
Packed with sublime wisdom. I had to reread it a few One of Steve Jobs' favourite books. I had to reread it a few times and refer back to it as I go. I wouldn't recommend to read it as a first book or introduction to spirituality. I think if you've already read one or two spirituality related books, you'd be able to understand it better.
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