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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism with Tsering Paldron

November 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism with Tsering Paldron

“Spiritual Materialism”, a term first coined and extensively explored by the Tibetan Buddhist Master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1970’s, describes how the illusory ego, or sense of a separate, independent, self-existing “I” (the root cause of negative emotions, karmic formations and suffering from the Buddhist point of view) can appropriate and use spiritual knowledge, practices, experiences and identities to further solidify and enhance that sense of “I” and consequently perpetuate the causes of suffering.

“The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use… even spirituality.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa

The problem is this occurs unconsciously in often increasingly very subtle ways while the so-called spiritual practitioner believes they are alleviating the causes of suffering, while in actual fact they are compounding them. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche believed that this tendency was a major block to authentic spirituality taking root and flourishing in the West.

“Spiritual materialism is to deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa

So how can we be wise to our own self-deception on the path? How can we work with this insidious tendency of the ego to convert everything it comes into contact with into something for its own use and self aggrandisement? How do we stop continually building and re-building our sandcastles of distraction while the tide comes in but instead face the truth of the matter and begin to mature a spirituality we are truly worthy of?

This evening talk with Tsering Paldron will explore what Spiritual Materialism is so that we can more easily avoid being snared in its traps along the path, as well as look at a genuine and authentic spiritual approach to life that brings deep lasting benefit to ourselves and others.


£10 suggested donation including refreshments – we value your presence more than your money, so please give what you can or enjoy the talk as a gift from us.

Everyone welcome 🙂

About Tsering Paldron

Tsering Paldron was born in Lisbon, Portugal and traveled to Brussels at the age of 19 where she discovered Tibetan Buddhism. Her spiritual journey started in 1973. She did a three years’ retreat in the 80’s in France, under the guidance of Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and under the supervision of Pema Wangyal Rinpoche. She has received teachings from many other lamas of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

She has been teaching and traveling for the past 25 years, has written a number of books, mainly in Portuguese. The Adventures of Tashi, the Tibetan Cricket – a children’s book – is available in English, French and German.

She gives regular courses, seminars, talks and meditation classes and is in charge of Bodhicharya Portugal. She is regularly invited to teach in the UK, in Berlin and St. Martin (Caribbean), in Bodhicharya and other Buddhist groups.

For more information about Tsering, you can check out her English language website here:




November 20, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Bodhicharya Kent


Quaker Meeting House
Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS
Rochester, GB
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