Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa

CTR Quote of the Week

During this difficult time, the Chogyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University is offering the CTR Quote of the Week. Beginning April 12, 2020, we are offering a weekly teaching by Chogyam Trungpa.

Using Spirituality to Feed Egohood

In order to present the teachings of spirituality properly, you have to have a very good understanding of basic sanity. You also have to have a good understanding of materialism in regard to spirituality. We coined the term spiritual materialism as some- thing that might speak to you. Spiritual materialism refers to using the name of spirituality to feed egohood. It is based on trying to become a greater person, a wise person, which is very dangerous and problematic. Not only will it destroy you, but it will destroy the whole wisdom of humanity. In fact, it is Satan- ism. So we should think very carefully about that concern. We should discuss the possibility of spiritual materialism clearly and openly, and try to understand what it means.

From Cynicism and Magic: Intelligence and Intuition on the Buddhist Path, page 4.

Of Interest to Readers:  Mondays, Starting October 4: Join an online course to explore Cynicism and Magic, the newest volume of never before published talks by Chogyam Trungpa, based on his first seminar at Naropa. The course will focus on Buddhist teachings for uncovering intelligence and insight, for transcending both nihilistic thinking and naïve faith, as we progress on the path of meditation. The course is moderated by Carolyn Gimian, who selects the  weekly quotes. Each class will feature presentations and dialogues with the book’s editors and their special guests.  The first night is a celebration of the book’s publication and is free for all. For information and to register, go to:



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