Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

  • by Chögyam Trungpa, Sakyong Mipham - foreword, John Baker - editor, Marvin Casper - editor
  • Narrated by Jim Gimian
  • 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa highlights the commonest pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. The universal 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 is that ego can convert anything to its own use," he said, "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 nearly thirty years and remains fresh as ever today. This new edition includes a foreword by Chögyam Trungpa's son and lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham.


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If you are ready to cut through the belief that your spiritual practice is "improving" you and cast aside New Age notions that you can "get something" by changing the way you think, this book will create a clearing for something else to happen. Gave me clarity and an understanding of foundations of Buddhism.
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- Mary J. Murphy

Great insight into Buddhist ideology.

Letting it soak in for awhile. Will definitely require listening again. Mainly due to the Tibetan words; pronunciation and meaning.
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- Bernard C

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios