Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

By Chogyam Trungpa; John Baker (Editor); Marvin Casper (Editor)
Shambhala Publications, Hardcover, 9781590306390, 300pp.

Publication Date: October 14, 2008

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Description
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.



About the Author
Ch?gyam Trungpa (1940 1987) meditation master, scholar, and artist was founder and president of Vajradhatu, Naropa University, and Shambhala Training. His many books include Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, The Myth of Freedom, Meditation in Action, and Great Eastern Sun.John Baker was founder member of the Mauchline Ware Collectors' Club, and for many years the club's chairman.
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