“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 living it teaches in a manner that is applicable to his students’ living situation.”— Journal of the American Academy of Religion
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Examines the self-deceptions, distortions, and sidetracks that imperil the spiritual journey in addition to awareness and fearlessness of the true path.
About the Author
Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North The united states; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers referred to as Shambhala International. He is the writer of a large number of books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.
In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa highlights the most typical 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 reasonably than working to strengthen it. This 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.