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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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Simply excellent

If I could give this 6 out of 5 stars, Spinal Tap style, I would.

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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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A requirement for staying awake

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

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You must have this if you follow the Dharma

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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Deepening my awareness

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!!

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

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amazing!

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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Just amazing! Really Enjoyed!!

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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  • Mr M C Arthur
  • 08-27-16

A blessing for those on the spiritual path

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

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  • Old Sausage
  • 11-08-17

An audio classic for tender-hearted practitioners.

Trungpa students and fans will undoubtedly listen to this many times. Jim Gimian, the narrator, certainly appears to be very familiar with the work. An inspired choice. Well done all involved.

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  • Blair
  • 10-19-17

Incredible

Contains pretty much everything you need to understand for waking up to a better way