Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Spiritual Materialism / 秋陽創巴仁波切談“修道上的唯物”

We would like to use the spiritual discipline and traditional wisdom to fit into our own particular pigeonhole, our own desires. We usually want to glorify ourselves by collecting stories and wisdom from every worthy person. We would like to meet lots of people who are seemingly worthy people, according to our own judgment, and collect all of those stories and re-edit them according to what we want, constantly. When you begin to do that, you develop your own version of freedom, which is “I would like to become a greater version of myself, spiritually uplifted, and so forth. I might even have a place in social situations, be known as an important wise person, so that people will come to me and consult me.” We have those kind of desires. We are not really interested in developing spiritually; we are more interested in evolving politically in the name of spirituality. Such a situation is known as “spiritual materialism.”

—Excerpt from “The Practicing Lineage”, The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa, Volume Five; Shambhala Publications

(More on this topic can be found in “Cutting through the spiritual materialism” by Trungpa Rinpoche)


— 節選自《秋陽創巴著作集第五集》的<實修傳承>一文,香巴拉出版社

Bella Chao 草譯於LA, 2010年9月。(更多針對這類陷阱的講述和對治可參見創巴仁波切的著作《突破修道上的唯物》)

HUM / 秋陽創巴仁波切談“吽”

humGuru Padmasambhava said that when you sing the crescendo music of HUM and let go of all thoughts, the ultimate meditation experiences are the echo of this music. Also, HUM is referred to as the concentration of all blessings and energy. Etymologically speaking, the Sanskrit word HUM means “gathering together.” HUM is not a magic spell to increase the power of ego, but it is concentrated power devoid of ego. HUM combined with complete devotion is like an arrow piercing the heart—it takes the form of the memory of the guru.  Also the abrupt experience of cutting through all thoughts is the action of HUM. Therefore HUM is the energy of universal force which transcends the limitations of ego, or rather, pierces through the wall of ego.

— Excerpt from “HUM: An Approach to Mantra” by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Publications


— 節選自<吽:咒語的探討>,秋陽創巴仁波切,香巴拉出版社:《秋陽創巴著作集第五冊》

Bella Chao 草譯於LA, 2010年9月。