Led by Mushim Ikeda
REQUIRED: You need to have read the book and come prepared to discuss it.
A half-day retreat on the modern spiritual classic, Cutting through Spiritual Materialism. In this book, “the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa highlights the commonest pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. The universal tendency, he shows, is to see spirituality as a process of self-improvement—the impulse to develop and refine the ego when the ego is, by nature, essentially empty. ‘The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use,’ he said, ‘even spirituality.’ [amazon.com description]” Instead, Chögyam Trungpa says, we need to understand that “true and joyous liberation…inevitably involves letting go of the self rather than working to improve it.” Dharma talks, contemplative journaling, discussion, interactive exercises. Meditation instruction provided for beginners. For those who cannot afford to purchase their own copy of the book, EBMC will have a limited number of copies to loan. Please inquire immediately upon registering for this class if you are requesting a loaner copy. Please contact: Candi (at) eastbaymeditation (dot) org
Registration: Registration is required and space is limited. Register HERE
Cost: There is no registration fee for attending this event, nor most EBMC events. However, EBMC is not independently funded. The Center and the teachers will be sustained only by your voluntary donations (the practice of generous giving, or “dana”). Please donate generously, in proportion to your ability:
* Either online (you will be offered an opportunity during the online registration process to donate to EBMC; the teachers will not receive any part of this online donation).
* Or at the event, in the two baskets at EBMC, one for the Center, the second for the Teacher.
Thank you for your generosity. EBMC will be only be sustained through our collective generosity.
Fragrance-free: In order to protect the health of community members with environmental illness, please do not wear fragranced products (including “natural” fragrances) or clothes laundered in fragranced products to EBMC.
EBMC is wheelchair accessible.