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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Shambhala Classics) Paperback – October 22, 2002
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The book is a great and well rounded look at spirituality and the problems encountered. It gives a brief view of the proper attitude towards spirituality, then gives detailed account of how our attitudes obscure and constantly attempt to manipulate spirituality for personal gain. Also included are good overall views of the most basic budhist truths..ie. the Four Noble Truths and the Six Realms.
Unfortunately, the guru in question created a personality cult, parading about in expensive robes (brocade, silk, cashmere) in front of his impoverished hippie audiences while women bodyguards in black dresses and high heels, packing automatic weapons, served him saké. Trungpa, having vowed celibacy to his superiors, caroused with female students and nuns, eloped from England with an underage girl, tolerated abuse and exploitation of students by assorted inner circle henchmen while hobnobbing with beatnik superstars and ultimately drank himself into delirium, cirrhotic liver and death. One of his cardinal, and unforgivable, sins is promotion as a successor of Osel Tenzin (aka Thomas Rich) who knowingly passed HIV during unprotected sex to (hundreds?) of his students. Here is the excuse:
"... Rich first swore us to secrecy (family secrets again), and then said that Trungpa had requested him to be tested for HIV in the early 1980s and told him to keep quiet about the positive result.Read more ›
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This book changed my life forever and was the beginning of a wonderful adventure called Shambhala Buddhism. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Travis May
So much of this book reflects my own experience of life. It's greatly appreciated that Chogyam Trungpa laid the puzzle pieces out as he does. Read morePublished 23 days ago by S. Duke
Here is the classic work on what you should not do when you start down the path of Buddhist practice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MJ Keating
Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings remain important and relevant. They speak to our humanity and help us to see ourselves as we are. They wake us up. They touch the heart. Read morePublished 3 months ago by holyoak
This is a classic. One I will go back to many many times. Chogyam Trunga left us a wonderful 'gem'. His writing really is helpful in the journey of my life. Thank youPublished 4 months ago by Maureen Joy Anderson
I have lived with the teachings in this book for over 30 years! It has always helped to provide a shining light into the mental darkness I have created!Published 4 months ago by Larry grimes