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.
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.
"A requirement for staying awake"
One of the great awakening texts. A must read for anyone walking the Path. Swaha.
"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.
"Deepening my awareness"
Appreciate this first teaching from the master, Trungpa. I refer back to this repeatedly - it's a guide to my journey.
"Dharma at it's best."
I come back to this teaching over and over to refresh my insight. Each time my understanding deepens.
"Beautiful & Inspiring"
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.
very helpful getting to know the dharma. good with a overwiev of the path with large lumpholrs pointed out. hope it will help me not to stumble in to them. will read again if so for help in getting up and out on the path to enlightenment. thankyou teatcher !!
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.