spiritual materialism

“The fundamental occupation.. is based upon ego, upon the spiritually materialistic approach.. This practice of meditation begins with a tremendous amount of preparation or ‘self-development’. Actually the aim of such practice (only creates) self-consciousness of the dweller.

It is not enough to reject superficially the different aspects of morality as being old fashioned.. This self-conscious attempt to define our identity or style is another form of spiritual materialism.

The bodhisattva, on the other hand, firmly roots himself in the traditions of his society but does not feel obligated to follow them. He is not afraid to take a new step, but the reason he is stepping out of the tradition is because he knows it so well.”

Chogyam Trungpa, The Myth of freedom and the Way of Meditation. p 24-26, 116-117.