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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.
This new edition includes a foreword by Chögyam Trungpa's son and lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham.
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Examines the self-deceptions, distortions, and sidetracks that imperil the spiritual journey as well as awareness and fearlessness of the true path.About the Author:
Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, scholar, and artist—was founder and president of Vajradhatu, Naropa University, and Shambhala Training. His other books include Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, and Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala.
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Book Description Shambhala, Berkeley, 1973. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo(9"tall)salmon cloth with gilt. First Edition, 1973. 8.95 price on jacket so later printing. Fine but for ink stamp of a lotus flower on front free endpaper in an unclipped dust jacket with minor edgewear and slight fading of backstrip, a feint ink line through price, otherwise Very Good. RARE IN THIS EARLY PRINTING. Seller Inventory # 8204