Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chögyam Trungpa is a book addressing many common pitfalls of self-deception in seeking spirituality, which the author coins as Spiritual materialism. It is the transcript of two series of lectures given by Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970–71.[1]

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
AuthorChögyam Trungpa
CountryUnited States
GenreTibetan Buddhism
PublisherShambhala Publications
Publication date
1973 (1st ed.)
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages227 pp (first edition)

In Psychology Today Michael J. Formica writes,

As soon as we cast something into a role, as soon as we put a label on it, as soon as we name it and give it life by virtue of our investment (read: ego), we take away all its power and it is nothing more than an event – it is no longer a spiritual revelation, but simply a material experience. That is spiritual materialism at its peak.[2]

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