Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (PDF)


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  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
  • Chögyam Trungpa
  • English
  • 17 March 2020
  • 9780877730507

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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism Read & Download ✓ 104 Hich aspirants may fall After this tour of the sidetracks along the way the broad outlines of the true spiritual path are discussed The approach presented is a classical Buddhist one not in a formal sense but in the sense of presenting the heart of the Buddhist appro. Ego is able to convert everything to its own use even spiritualitySpiritual materialism can be defined as a self delusion that some people have when what they believe to be spiritual development is in fact strengthening their ego It s a very common trapping for students of Buddhism but not exclusively it actually occurs in all spiritual disciplines and by publishing the notes from his talks Chogyam Trungpa wished to help his students understand how they could avoid falling into itShallow spirituality can seem paradoxical but it s common than we might imagine Many people are drawn to the esthetics of Eastern traditions it is beautiful and exotic and because they feel glamorous integrating parts of that in their lives it does make one sound special and worldly doesn t it but in those cases there s rarely any depth or honesty to the practice Sometimes the delusion is subtle like believing that following a teacher absolves the student of any kind of responsibility and power that once there s been an enlightenment experience one doesn t need to work on themselves any or simply the arrogance that having encountered insight makes one better than other peopleTrungpa was a Tibetan monk and while he loved the tradition he was initiated in he also understood that some aspects of it could be distracting traps especially for Western students who live in a society where physical materialism is incredibly sophisticated and he wanted to give them a strong understanding of the core of Buddhism which really isn t about pretty flags bells and other shiny things He had an immense respect for Japanese Zen and it shows in those lectures and he emphasizes a lot of elements of Zen philosophySince this book deals with pitfalls of the spiritual path and how to avoid them it is much a theoretical book than a practical manual This book feels to me like the warning leaflet that comes with a new medication watch out for these side effects if you experience them call your doctor I ll be honest I think everyone studying Buddhism though maybe newbies would find it a bit tough regardless of tradition or school should read this and then re read it occasionally It is one of those books that will only get better as it is revisited and I m pretty sure I ll catch things on my next read that went 6 feet over my head on this one I also think it is a necessary and thought provoking read because figuring out one s motivation to be on this path is important if one is to avoid self delusion and lose the plot completely

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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism Read & Download ✓ 104 Ach to spirituality Although the Buddhist way is not theistic it does not contradict the theistic disciplines Rather the differences between the ways are a matter of emphasis and method The basic problems of spiritual materialism are common to all spiritual disciplin. This book is the most plain English explanation of the path of spirituality from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective I have ever read It does not contradict what is taught by theistic religions and it describes all religions to be different methods of attaining the same goal It has nothing to do with spirits or afterlife It has everything to do with our subjective reality of the present moment This book shows a path to a state of mind that allows you to flow like water through space and time rather than violently thrashing and splashing against the current as many of us currently areThe first talk is all about the common pitfalls of trying to attain realization These delusions are especially prevalent in the West where the interest in these teachings is fairly new and we are deeply entrenched in a materialist worldviewSpiritual materialism is when you have the thought I m working on myself or I m bettering myself It is when instead of gaining any insight into the universe as it is this act of spirituality becomes just another thing you add to the collection of your identity The goal of spiritual progression is to understand and see the eternal sameness of all things to give up the notion of duality Spiritual materialism is ego reinforcing and becomes itself another form of dualityIn the second half of the book he broadly describes the path of Bodhisattva I would say this is a very good book for anyone who has been interested in or practicing mindfulness or Vipassana for a little while and finds themselves thinking Well what now Discovering Vipassana is like the first little glimpse into what s possible through this practice Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism is like the intermediate step the next step being to find a spiritual friend who can teach you how to meditate That was one thing the book was explicit about You can t do it by yourself At best you will be able to catch momentary glimpses but you have to learn how to meditate from someone who is very experienced

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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism Read & Download ✓ 104 The now classic Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism is the record of two series of lectures given by Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970 71 First discussed are the various ways in which people involve themselves in spiritual materialism the many forms of self deception into w. We do not consider how we are going to vomit we just vomit Ch gyam Trungpa was a charismatic and controversial figure in the Western popularization of Buddhism As a teenager in Tibet Trungpa fled the Chinese in an escape that involved swimming across a river under gunfire climbing the Himalayas and running so short of food that he had to eat his leather belt and bag Eventually he emigrated to the United States where he founded several schools and pioneered a secular interpretation of Buddhism Shambhala Training You may be surprised to learn that Trungpa far from being an ascetic monk also had notorious penchants for bedding his female students and for going on drunken debauches My interest in Trungpa was sparked by reading a book on meditation by his disciple Pema Ch dr n which I thought was excellent Spiritual Materialism Trungpa s most famous book contains two series of lectures Trungpa gave in 1970 71 about the pitfalls of the spiritual path and how to overcome them As such this series of lectures is largely theoretical rather than practical how to think about the spiritual path rather than what to do once you re on it even if there are practical ramifications Spiritual materialism is Trungpa s term for the ways that the ego co opts spirituality for its own benefit Ego is our sense of self In Buddhist thought this sense of self is illusory the self is a process not a thing Ego is the mind s attempt to create an illusion of solidity where none exists Put another way ego is the mind s attempt to reject impermanence This attempt takes many forms We modify our environment manipulating the material world and bringing it under our control in order to create a perfectly comfortable world that never challenges or disappoints us We create intellectual systems positivism nationalism Buddhism that rationalize and explain the world that define our place in the world and dictate to us rules of action We also attempt to analyze ourselves we use literature psychology drugs prayer and meditation to achieve a sense of self consciousness an awareness of who we are All of these are the ego s attempts to solidify both itself and its world to see the universe as a series of defined shapes rather than an endless flux This project of solidification can even use spiritual techniues in its own benefit The goal of meditation is the dissolution of the ego and the absence of struggle And yet many who embark on the spiritual path see meditation as a battle with the ego an attempt to break certain habits to overcome certain mentalities to free themselves from illusions If spirituality is seen in such a way as you against something else then you will hit a wall and this wall will only get stronger the harder you push against it Only when you give up trying to destroy this wall when you stop struggling does the wall disappear for the wall was the product of your own dualistic thinking once again you against something else and ceases to exist when you stop trying to destroy it There is no need to struggle to be free the absence of struggle is in itself freedom This egoless state is the attainment of buddhahood It is no use therefore to practice acts of extreme asceticism forceful acts of self denial It is no use to try to overcome your own negative ualities to strive to be good kind caring loving It is no use to accumulate vast amounts of religious knowledge nor is it beneficial to accumulate religious titles or honorifics True spirituality is not a battle not a uality not an ultimate analysis and it is not an accomplishment All of those things belong to a person whereas enlightenment contains no sense of me and not me This is my best attempt to summarize the core message of this book And please excuse the ponderous style I ve been reading Hegel Yet I m not exactly sure how to go about analyzing or evaluating it Indeed such criticism seems totally antithetical to the ethos of this book But I ll try nevertheless There is an obvious contradiction between Trungpa s stance on intellectual analysis as the ego s vain attempt to solidify its world through intellectual work and the analysis that he himself undertakes in this book If all analysis is vain what makes his any different To this I think he would respond that analysis is fine if we take the right attitude towards it namely as long as we keep in mind that our analysis is not identical with the reality it attempts to describe that we can never describe reality perfectly and that there s always a chance we are wrong More succinctly I think he d say analysis is fine as long as we don t take it too seriously By his own admission there is no final analysis of the human condition and enlightenment is characterized by the absence of any need to analyze Still there does seem to be the idea in Trungpa s system that in attaining this ego less state we are experiencing the truth of reality whereas before we were mired in the illusions of the ego In this you might say that the system is esoteric true knowledge is the purview of only the truly enlightened True knowledge in other words is not transmissible through speech but is the result of privileged state which only a few achieve Bodhisattvas become authorities through their enlightened states beings who must be listened to because of their special higher perspectives Again I think Trungpa would respond that even the ideas of knowledge and truth are dualistic they involves the sense of me knowing something else and thus this idea is not applicable to the enlightened Putting all this aside it s worth asking whether this ego less state is even desirable Could we have science technology literature or love without a sense of self An ego less world might involve less suffering but isn t there something to be said for suffering Trungpa describes the ego as a monkey creating various worlds creating for itself its own heaven and hell a world of animal desire and human intellect and moving through these self created worlds in a vain search for perfect happiness only to have each of its own worlds collapse in turn And yet even if I accepted Trungpa s premise that this struggle is vain I still think it s an open uestion whether perfect tranuility is preferable to vain struggle All reservations notwithstanding I still thought that this book was an enlightening read While I may be skeptical about the prospect of enlightenment and ego death I do think that meditation as a method of slowing down of savoring one s own mental life and of learning to accept the world around you is an extremely useful techniue And as a techniue its end is an experience or perhaps better yet an attitude and the theory that goes along with meditation does not constitute its substance rather theory is just a pedagogical tool to help guide less experienced practitioners It is in this light I think that these lectures should be read


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