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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism Audiobook

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

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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.

©1973 Chögyam Trungpa (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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

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    One of the great awakening texts. A must read for anyone walking the Path. Swaha.

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    The narration is better than some of his books but it was still a little stilted :
    however the teachings are phenomenal and everyone involved in the Dharma should read this book in particular.

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    Appreciate this first teaching from the master, Trungpa. I refer back to this repeatedly - it's a guide to my journey.

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    Great book. I'm sure I will listen to it again for a deeper understanding of the concepts.

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    What made the experience of listening to Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism the most enjoyable?

    finally the process to enlightenment explained clearly


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    clear and concise explanation


    What does Jim Gimian bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gilman is only the narrator but Chogyam Trungpa is the bestI


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    several wow moments


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    There is not enough words to write how insightful and power this book is. It truly deepened my practice and understanding!

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    "Dharma at it's best."

    I come back to this teaching over and over to refresh my insight. Each time my understanding deepens.

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    One of my favorite texts yet on the Buddhist perspective of ego. Comes on easy, provides some powerful insights and answers a lot of questions. Definitely enhanced my understand of the concept of spiritual materialism.

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    A book I will gratefully return to again and again.... Clear and precise wisdom

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