Spiritual Narcissism and Spiritual Materialism

This is a touchy subject which requires delicate handling as it’s possible to become oversensitive and upset. All we are doing is being aware of our potential behaviour. After all, our path is our confusion, and the quicker we recognise personal tendencies, the faster we will arrive at freedom. In fact, it’s instantaneous – the inseparability of the two truths.

It doesn’t matter what we know:
Can we empathise with others
and therefore show true compassion,
instead of just repeating required phrases?

Chogyam Trungpa coined the phrase, “spiritual materialism” in his book, “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.” He uses the term to describe mistakes spiritual seekers commit, turning the pursuit of spirituality into an ego-building and confusion-creating endeavour. We have to be aware that there are those who may acquire teachings in the pursuit of status and wealth.

Author Jorge Ferrer equates the terms “Spiritual Materialism” and “Spiritual Narcissism”: spiritual narcissism is believing that, because one has accumulated spiritual training, one deserves love and respect and is better than others, instead of accumulating spiritual training to bring an end to suffering.

There is no need for guilt or blame.
We don’t have to hold on to our thoughts.
Just look, see, drop.

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