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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Shambhala Classics) Paperback – October 22, 2002
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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 is vital for anyone getting serious about meditation or other spiritual endeavors.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best books you'll ever read. But you must be into this level of learningPublished 18 days ago by Shellie J. Repka
I have enjoyed every page of this little book. Thank you one and all.Published 1 month ago by Alice Strauss
As a Nyingmapa Buddhist, I found this book to be a very fun read. I feel like It could have spoke upon the relationship we build to materials a lot more than it did but it was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Spiritual materialism means making use of spirituality to gratify the desires of ego. On the grossest level, it can be like in the old song, "So Long It's Been Good to Know... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bird Maxine Trungma