Book Club: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (by Chögyam Trungpa)

Dharma Drink: the hangout for Buddhists (& like minded)
Dharma Drink: the hangout for Buddhists (& like minded)
Public group

Rubin Museum of Art - K2 Lounge / Cafe Serai

150 West 17th Street · New York, NY

How to find us

High table to the right of the Ordering Counter (if not there, look for us)

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Dear Dharma Drink Friends,

*** We are covering the same chapters as last session due to an unforeseen Rubin Museum closure. ***

Let's read the Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa, the founder of Shambhala center and renown for his contributions of Tibetan Buddhism to the West. This book addresses many of the difficulties and stumbling blocks of our practice.

Pete, Dharma Drink Co-Organizer, is a long time Shambhala center practitioner and he will be leading this book club.


READING: chapters

Shambhala website: "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."


Peter and Eddie

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