Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

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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 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."

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Discusses the dangers of materialism and explains how to avoid materialism in order to develop spiritually through the teachings of Buddhism

Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 1973
ISBN: 9780877730507
0877730504
Characteristics: 250 ; cm

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georgekkataoka
Nov 11, 2017

The thesis of the title of the book is only really explained in the first third of the book. It was enlightening to learn how seeking spirituality from an egocentric, "I have achieved something" mindset is a common pitfall.

However, the rest of the book comes across as esoteric and overly philosophical. It's still a great read, but not as straightforward and impactful as I was hoping.

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Chapel_Hill_AmerB
Nov 13, 2014

While the title may arouse confusion at first, the gist of the matter is straight forward enough. The ego can and will use even the most powerful tools of positive self transformation available to thwart our personal development.
Since personal development involves the subjugation of ego, it only makes sense that the ego will do everything in its power to preserve its influence up to and including adoption of said spiritual path in an effort to undermine positive, concrete development
Be careful with your "self" :)

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