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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). Spiritual Materialism, (or we could call it Spiritual Accumulation or Spiritual Aggrandizement or Spiritual Indulging) is a tendency of samsaric mind to use ...


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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 Trungpa's earlier, popular but quite orthodox Tibetan Buddhist books. This is further elaborated, saying that the outlook is rather secular than religious and in ...


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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 are. This experience is like opening a parachute. When you jump out of an airplane and open the chute, you are there in the sky by yourself. Sometimes it is ...


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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 the six realms of beings: hell beings, hungry ghosts, animals, human beings, titans, and gods. The six corresponding reactive emotional patterns give rise to ...


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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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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 earned him the title "The Saint of 5,000 Women". Among other things, women would seek his blessing in the form of sex. His intention was to show that it is possible ...


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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 Trungpa's crazy wisdom, a scheme that finally killed him through alcohol poisoning. I'm always shocked when people from other Shambhala centers across the country ...


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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 insanities, toward Enlightened society. "Shambhalian practices focus on using mindfulness/awareness meditation as a means of connecting with one's basic ...


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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 compared certain people or their tendency with being(s) of other realm like the human, like when saying "Licchavi of Vesali are comparable to the assembly of ...


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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 downfall according to the shravaka Pratimoksha and constitutes a fault in the bodhisattva discipline, is regarded in the Mantrayana as a substance of samaya ...


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