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How would I know if I was suffering from spiritual materialism?

You absolutely can recognize it in yourself. Not only can, you definitely should put effort in doing so -- it makes a huge difference in one's practice (from my own experience being a student). ...
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How does Shambhala differ from traditional Vajrayana Buddhism as it is practiced in Asia?

In the editor's preface of my copy of Trungpa's 'Shambhala - The Sacred Path of the Warrior' it is claimed (and I do well agree with that), that the Shambhala teaching is "a major departure" from ...
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Samsara and States of Being (reference request)

You will find similar discussion in Ken McLeod's book "Wake up to Your Life". McLeod begins a definition of the 6 realms of existence on page 146, "The six worlds of projected emotion are known as ...
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Samsara and States of Being (reference request)

Did you try Trungpa's Transcending Madness: The Experience of the Six Bardos? Another Trungpa's work that touches similar topics is Glimpses of Abhidharma: From a Seminar on Buddhist Psychology
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How was Chögyam Trungpa's behaviour justified by his lineage?

The most famous Tibetan "Mad monk of the Dragon Lineage" Drukpa Kunley would be an example and precedence. He was known for his crazy methods of enlightening other beings, mostly women, which ...
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Help locating a widespread quote attributed to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

In Smiling at Fear, in the chapter titled "Facing Yourself", Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche says: The only way to relax with yourself is to open your heart. Then you have a chance to see who you ...
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How did Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche justify drinking alcohol?

Quoting from "Treasury of Precious Qualities" by Jigme Lingpa, with commentary by Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche, with a foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama: Alcohol, the taking of which is a ...
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Samsara and States of Being (reference request)

Maybe the The Thirty-one Planes of Existence are of interest for user1167442. Ven. Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu also kindly shared an impression of the many states: Samsara - Kinds of being. The Buddha sometime ...
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How does Shambhala differ from traditional Vajrayana Buddhism as it is practiced in Asia?

Personally (and I belong to a Shambhala sangha and have 20+ years as a Zen Buddhist practitioner), it's good to see Shambhala returning to it's roots. The "old" Shambhala incorporated too much of ...
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How does Shambhala differ from traditional Vajrayana Buddhism as it is practiced in Asia?

Original Shambhala as founded by Chogyam Trungpa was not supposed to be Buddhism at all, it was supposed to be a secular teaching loosely based on Buddhist principles intended to heal society from its ...
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