Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
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AuthorChögyam Trungpa
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreTibetan Buddhism
PublisherShambhala Publications
Publication date
1973 (1st ed.)
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages227 pp (first edition)
ISBN978-0-87773-050-7

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chögyam Trungpa is a book addressing many common pitfalls of self-deception in seeking spirituality, which the author coins as Spiritual materialism. It is the transcript of two series of lectures given by Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970–71.[1]

In Psychology Today Michael J. Formica writes,

As soon as we cast something into a role, as soon as we put a label on it, as soon as we name it and give it life by virtue of our investment (read: ego), we take away all its power and it is nothing more than an event – it is no longer a spiritual revelation, but simply a material experience. That is spiritual materialism at its peak.[2]

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