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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877730504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877730507
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar. 1999
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Chogyam Trungpa, often referred to as one of the few oriental, Buddhist lamas who truly understood the Western mind, here transcends East and West by addressing simply and eloquently, the processes of the mind and ego. Trungpa illuminates how some of these processes can undermine an otherwise wholesome relationship to ourselves and our basic goodness (buddha nature) and our relationship with others. These processes can cause our suffering and the suffering of others and disrupt our efforts to be decent and skillful. The non-theistic text, transmitted by this extraordinarily gifted meditation master, is presented freely without prostelytizing and is offered clearly without judgment, blame, guilt, hope or fear. Cutting Through is an important stepping-stone towards developing self-awareness, fearlessness, friendship and loving kindness. A 'must-read' for any diver or warrior of heart and courage. Also recommended are Trungpa's: Shambhala, Path of the Warrior and/or Meditation in Action.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By JLSmith on 22 Aug. 2004
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Chogyam Trungpa, gives it to you straight no chaser. The first half of the book examines your motivations for embarking on the spiritual path. This no-nonsense master challenges us to understand that for most the path is too fraught with pain and isolation to embark upon.
Now if you can take this, and its relentless, maintain and cultivate your sense of humour, critical to Trungpa's teaching, then he willingly reveals the Buddhist vehicle for engaging on the spiritual path.
This is authentic Buddhism. Forget being good or bad, forget hoping to get anything, read Chogyam Trungpa and understand there is nothing to get and everything to attain.
Embrace this authentic practice, if your really fortunate you may die laughing!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Ocean on 15 July 2006
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This is a must read for all serious students of the way. It highlights a deep and subtle pitfall in the form of projecting our normal goal oriented thinking onto the 'spiritual' path. Trungpa Rinpoche is as clear and indestructible as the dharma he teaches.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Chander on 8 Feb. 2010
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Unbelievable clarity in this book, phenomenal. It explains everything, existence, the Skandhas, all aspects of the path, in complete clarity. To read it is to meditate.

Buy it and cut 20 years off your path.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Windridge on 12 Mar. 2011
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Author describes ego's struggle to maintain its sense of existence by grasping, striving and conjuring ("spiritual materialism"). Discusses how funny it is to watch ego in action, beavering away, desperate for acknowledgement, cultivating the confusion needed for its survival. Explains metaphor of slicing through the confusion with a sharp sword. Encourages bravery necessary to stop clinging, let go and jump through into wide open space. Even if it's freezing.

Vigorous writing from a Buddhist perspective. Each chapter welcomed in with a beautiful line drawing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Cornwell on 28 July 2010
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A fantastic, inspiring, highly challenging teaching. Many times i felt thunderstruck whilst reading it and had to stop to draw breath. I felt that I was reading the Truth, being taught in a totally uncompromising, liberating way.

I feel Chogyam Trungpa was and is a formidable force for good in this world.

A must read for meditators and buddhists. I am not sure how beginners would find it but feel it is likely to be of great value to all who are prepared to open their minds and hang on in their chapter by chapter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Johnson on 28 Sept. 2011
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`Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism' nailed my head to the wall. I'd waded through a few dozen turgid tomes in arcane archaic English - and then I found this book. It was finding dharma for the first time - even though I'd found it years previously. It is said that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche understood the Western mind - but he did more than that. He understood mind - and mind-as-such. He spoke of an understanding that moved beyond culture, to present dharma in its essential form - beyond culture. This is not the `Tibetan' Buddhism from the Land of Snows - nor is it otherwise. It is the essence of those ancient teaching brought alive by a realised master. `Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism' is the bench mark for the expression and presentation of dharma in the present time.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sept. 1997
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THIS BOOK IS IDEAL FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS READ A NUMBER OF BUDHIST BOOKS AND BELIEVES HIMSELF TO UNDERSTAND THE INNER MEANING OF THE TEACHINGS. It will cut through your arrogance like butter and will help to keep your mind open and your spirit humble.

The book is a great and well rounded look at spirituality and the problems encountered. It gives a brief view of the proper attitude towards spirituality, then gives detailed account of how our attitudes obscure and constantly attempt to manipulate spirituality for personal gain. Also included are good overall views of the most basic budhist truths..ie. the Four Noble Truths and the Six Realms.
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