By Casper, Marvin; Baker, John; Trungpa, Chögyam
In this contemporary non secular vintage, the Tibetan meditation grasp Chögyam Trungpa highlights the most common pitfall to which each and every aspirant at the religious course falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. The common tendency, he exhibits, is to determine spirituality as a strategy of self-improvement—the impulse to enhance and refine the ego whilst the ego is, via nature, primarily empty. "The challenge is that ego can convert whatever to its personal use," he acknowledged, "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 truth: the real and joyous liberation that necessarily comprises 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 is still clean as ever this day. This re-creation incorporates a foreword through Chögyam Trungpa's son and lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham.
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When his friend saw what Marpa had collected, he laughed and said, “What you have here is worthless! We already have those teachings in Tibet. You must have found something more exciting and rare. ” Marpa, of course, was extremely frustrated and upset, having come such a long way and with so much difficulty and expense, so he decided to return to Naropa and try once more. When he arrived at Naropa’s hut and asked for more rare and exotic and advanced teachings, to his surprise Naropa told him, “I’m sorry, but you can’t receive these teachings from me.
Self-evaluation and self-criticism are, basically, neurotic tendencies which derive from our not having enough confidence in ourselves, confidence in the sense of seeing what we are, knowing what we are, knowing that we can afford to open. We can afford to surrender that raw and rugged neurotic quality of self and step out of fascination, step out of preconceived ideas. We must surrender our hopes and expectations, as well as our fears, and march directly into disappointment, work with disappointment, go into it, and make it our way of life, which is a very hard thing to do.
We wish not to leave any room for threatening doubt, uncertainty, or confusion. The lord of mind refers to the effort of consciousness to maintain awareness of itself. The lord of mind rules when we use spiritual and psychological disciplines as the means of maintaining our self-consciousness, of holding on to our sense of self. Drugs, yoga, prayer, meditation, trances, various psychotherapies—all can be used in this way. Ego is able to convert everything to its own use, even spirituality. For example, if you have learned of a particularly beneficial meditation technique of spiritual practice, then ego’s attitude is, first, to regard it as an object of fascination and, second, to examine it.