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In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam 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 ...

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Overview

In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam 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 Chögyam Trungpa’s son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham.

 

Examines the self-deceptions, distortions, and sidetracks that imperil the spiritual journey as well as awareness and fearlessness of the true path.

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Tricycle Magazine
A true classic, Trungpa Rinpoche's message to America is perhaps even truer today than ever.
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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590306390
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Series: Shambhala Library Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 252,518
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chögyam 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    I went to Naropa and like the person before me said, Trungpa had

    I went to Naropa and like the person before me said, Trungpa had some baggage. And I didn enjoy some of his other books, but this one is pure dharma. 
    If you have been practicing a while this book is amazing to refocus your goals, and the reasons behind those goals. I also think that the previous poster should read the book before passing judgment. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Good for clearing the mind

    I am a slightly left of fundamental Christian, yet when I reviewed the summary of this book it seemed to address issues that Christians face (or more to the point, don't face) today. It did not disappoint. I found insights and wisdom that transcend religious boundaries. It was useful to me - I would recommend to anyone for expanding their spiritual mind.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    BEFORE YOU BUY THIS BOOK, MAYBE...

    MAYBE you should read the Wikipedia article on Trungpa. I was going to buy this book based on Danny Carey's (drummer of the band Tool) recommendation on the tool site, and I will still buy it as a representation of Tibetan Buddhism for my library. After reading about Trungpa on Wiki, I lost a little enthusiasm for buying the book. I am familiar with "Trickster" gurus such as Aleister Crowley and Carlos Castenada, and I do think there is a lot to be learned from these teachers. After encountering the info on Wiki, I feel Trungpa seems more like these kind of "crazy" teachers rather than what most people would expect from a teaching using the label of "Buddhism". I will still eventually get this, since it is a "classic".

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