Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa highlights a common pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls "spiritual materialism." The universal human 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. The problem, Trungpa says, is that ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality. His incisive, compassionate teachings serve to wake us up from this trick we all play on ourselves, and to offer us a far brighter reality: the true and joyous liberation that inevitably involves letting go of the self rather than working to improve it. It is a message that has resonated with students for over thirty years and remains fresh as ever today. This edition includes a foreward by Chogyam Trungpa s son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham.
- Hardback | 368 pages
- 118 x 178 x 28mm | 376g
- 01 Nov 2008
- Shambhala Publications Inc
- Boston, United States
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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.
" The usefulness of this book lies in Trungpa's uncanny ability to cut right to the heart of the matter and presents his understanding of Buddhism and the way of life it teaches in a manner that is applicable to his students' living situation." — "Journal of the American Academy of Religion"
About Chogyam Trungpa
Chogyam Trungpa (1940 1987) meditation master, teacher, and artist founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including "Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior," "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism," and "The Myth of Freedom.""