Book Club Meeting: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Tue Mar 27th from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm

Location: Main Studio

cutting through spiritual materialismSUGGESTED DONATION: $5

Please join us for an informal discussion of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa . Copies are available at the studio for $15.95.

In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa highlights the 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 problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use,” he said, “even spirituality.” His incisive, compassionate teachings serve to wake us up from this trick we all play on ourselves, and to offer us a far brighter reality: the true and joyous liberation that inevitably involves letting go of the self rather than working to improve it. It is a message that has resonated with students for nearly thirty years, and remains fresh as ever today.

Our Book Club usually meets monthly on the third Tuesday of every month at 7.30 pm.


  • Gemma:  Gemma Farrell has studied various styles of yoga, including Iyengar, Sivananda, Jivamukti, Yin, Insight, and Integral Yoga. Her current approach to teaching yoga fuses the precise alignment principles of Iyengar yoga with the freedom and creativity of a Vinyasa Flow practice, and incorporates the deeper release stretching and meditative aspects of Yin Yoga. Gemma sees yoga as a vehicle for self-discovery and a means for increasing awareness of the present moment, an opportunity to cultivate wisdom and compassion, and above all, an invitation to foster a spirit of devotion and open our hearts to love and serve others.