Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Sakyong Mipham, Chögyam Trungpa

By Sakyong Mipham, Chögyam Trungpa

During this sleek religious vintage, the Tibetan meditation grasp Chögyam Trungpa highlights the most common pitfall to which each and every aspirant at the religious direction falls prey: what he calls non secular materialism. The common tendency, he indicates, is to determine spirituality as a technique of self-improvement—the impulse to advance and refine the ego whilst the ego is, by means of nature, primarily empty. "The challenge is that ego can convert whatever to its personal use," he stated, "even spirituality." His incisive, compassionate teachings serve to wake us up from this trick all of us play on ourselves, and to supply us a much brighter fact: the real and joyous liberation that unavoidably consists of letting move of the self instead of operating to enhance it. it's a message that has resonated with scholars for almost thirty years, and continues to be clean as ever this present day. This re-creation incorporates a foreword by way of Chögyam Trungpa's son and lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham.

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Vice-President of the Buddhist Society, London. , and Editor of Buddhist Texts through the Ages (1954). A popular dictionary of buddhism 46 Council The First Great Council was held at Rajagriha immediately after the passing of the Buddha, the Ven. Kasyapa presiding. The Scriptures, as then agreed, were recited by all, Ananda leading with the doctrine and Upali with the Rules of the Order. The Second was held at Vaisali about 100 years later. As only a minority upheld the original teachings and Rules the majority seceded and held a rival Council, from which schism the 18 sects of the Hinayana School were later formed.

Of Japan derives from the Ch’an Bsm. of China, founded in the sixth century by Bodhidharma and formed into a School by Hung-jen, Hui-neng and their followers in the eighth century. Ch’an Bsm. has been described as the Chinese reaction to the intellectual Bsm. of India. Zen Bsm. may be called Japan’s reaction to Ch’an. Yet the Ch’an/Zen School is, even with the distinction of Rinzai and Sōtō Zen, unique as a School of spiritual development, and the word ‘Zen’ has in this work been used for both the Chin.

Belief Sammāditthi, the first step on the Noble Path is often translated ‘right belief’. More correct rendering is ‘right view’. Belief in Bsm. must result from apprehension based on reason, not on mental obedience to the authority of another. See Faith, Noble Eightfold Path. ) The ‘Lord’s Song’. A complete treatise on spiritual development along the lines of Karma Yoga, the way of Right Action. Is included in the epic poem the Mahā-Bhārata. Date unknown. Trans. Radhakrishnan (1948). Bhagavat The Holy Lord, hence the Blessed One.

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