Chögyam Trungpa – Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism – A Book Review / Video Clip (updated April 5, 2012)



It was way back in the 1970s during my initial interest and pursuit in Tibetan Buddhism that I came across in a magazine featuring this book “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism ” by Chogyam Trungpa. It was mentioned that this book could be obtained as a complimentary copy just by writing in and requesting for the free copy. So out of sheer curiosity I wrote in and requested for the free copy of the book.

To my utter surprise and joy,a few weeks later the book arrived at my doorstep. It was the first edition, I believe, when the book was published in 1973, and the book cover was golden yellow in color. Hence the ‘sentimental’ reason for choosing this edition to be posted in the blog. Later on, there were several reprints and updated editions as can be gleaned from the internet.

Unfortunately through the passage of time some 30 over years down the road, this book was misplaced or someone could have borrowed it or it could still be in my stack of boxes of books hidden somewhere after shifting of numerous residences.

The now classic Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism is the record of two series of lectures given by Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1970s. “First discussed are the various ways in which people involve themselves in spiritual materialism, the many forms of self-deception into which 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 approach 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 disciplines.”

In an open forum, The Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, (1939-1987) discusses a society guided by the principles of wisdom and compassion. He was a pioneer in bringing the Tibetan Buddhist teachings to North America, Europe and in 1976 introduced Shambhala.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM 2

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  1. Namaste Consulting Inc
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 13:59:02

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