Chogyam Trungpa was a very influential 20th century Buddhist teacher and his Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism has become a classic of Western Buddhism since its publication over 40 years ago. Written around the time Trungpa Rinpoche founded the Naropa Institute, Cutting Through exposes our tendency to always look outside ourselves for comfort and security. No mere self-help, pop psychology, New Age spirituality book, he instead warns:
"When we face things as they are, we give up the hope of something better. There will be no magic."
While no-nonsense, Cutting Through was originally a series of lectures delivered by Trungpa Rinpoche. Even as transcriptions, his approach comes across as unflinching, but gentle; uncanny but practical; fearless but also funny.
This winter and spring, please enliven our discussion as we delve into this important book.
JANUARY 6 Meditation Instruction
20 Chapter 1: Spiritual Materialism
27 Chapter 2 and 3: Surrendering and The Guru
FEBRUARY 3 Meditation Instruction
10 Chapter 4: Initiation
17 Chapter 5: Self -Deception
24 Chapter 6: The Hard Way
MARCH 3 Meditation Instruction
10 Chapter 7: The Open Way
17 Chapter 8: Sense of Humor
24 Chapter 9: The Development of Ego
31 Chapter 10: The Six Realms
APRIL 7 Meditation Instruction
14 Chapter 11: The Four Noble Truths
21 Chapter 12: The Bodhisattva Path
28 Chapter 13: Shunyata
MAY 5 Meditation Instruction
12 Chapter 14: Prajna and Compassion
19 Chapter 15: Tantra
Happy Winter solstice! May you find peace and happiness as the days get longer.
Below is our updated schedule for the remainder of the year.
12/23 The Buddhist Wheel of Life review
12/30 Eight-fold path
1/6 Meditation instruction
We'll begin a new season of talks shortly. What will the topic be?
Check back soon to find out more.
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