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As We Think : Greatest Thoughts - Let’s talk about Spiritual Materialism

Let’s talk about spiritual materialism, a phrase coined by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a mad Tibetan monk who came over to the West in the 1970s, and inspired some of the greatest western Buddhist teachers, like Pema Chodron and Tara Brach. By  'spiritual materialism'  I think he means the way we smuggle our worldly ambitions into our spiritual quest. Whenever we have had dramatic spiritual awakenings, we expect it to convert rapidly into some sort of worldly success. We expected it to shake up our external life and lead to sudden, radical improvements - like suddenly meeting the love of my life, for example, or be offered a new job, or a book deal, or something. When we begin to pursue the spiritual life, we want all the good things of a conventional life - a rich love life, a successful career, a happy family, a lovely home, a sexy body, delicious cocktails, wonderful holidays, fabulous dinner parties, and so on. We want all of that, plus soulfulness. Like Rod Tidwell say

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