Misunderstanding Freedom~ February 16th.

Via on Feb 16, 2011

“Too often, people think that solving the world’s problems is based on conquering the earth, rather than touching the earth, touching ground.” ~Chogyam Trungpa

“There seems to be some misunderstanding of the idea of freedom. We think we will be entertained by freedom, rather than actually being a free person, spiritually speaking. You feel that you could indulge in freedom, which automatically means bondage. You depend on freedom for your happiness. You think that, once you are free, you could indulge in spiritual achievement. You could see the future; you could see the past. You will have telepathic powers and read people’s minds. You will have powers over others. You could wipe out pain, disregarding karmic situations. You could take over the whole world! That is the spiritual idea of materialism.”

~ from Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian

Here is Trungpa Rinpoche speaking on Spiritual Materialism…

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