Chögyam Trungpa describes “crazy wisdom” as an innocent state of mind that has the quality of early morning—fresh, sparkling, and completely awake. Well before American Buddhists and New Age acolytes began flocking to the feet of Tibet’s Dalai Lama, hippies and spiritual seekers were. A film about the life and times of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche Buddhism permeates popular culture worldwide — we speak casually of good parking karma.

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Crazy Wisdom

There is no hope of understanding anything at all. You can’t deceive the path because you make the path. This book helped me get through the dark days after my husband’s sudden death.

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Wiadom 04, Hollis Fishelson-holstine rated it liked it Shelves: Painting rated it it was amazing Jan 20, Jul 25, Jim Parker rated it it was amazing. What inspired me was the daunting possibility of creating an experience for the audience to catch a glimpse of the unconditional brilliance of an enlightened mind, Tibetan Buddhist style.


It is a suggestion, a riddle, a koan, a challenge, and an answer.

Mark rated it really liked it Mar 09, Masked silhouettes participate in Poet Allen Ginsberg considered Trungpa his guru; Catholic priest Thomas Merton wanted to write a book with him; music icon Joni Mitchell wrote a song about him called, “Refuge for the Road. Lists with This Book.

Crazy Wisdom: A Portrait of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Inhe moved to Nova Scotia, Canada, where hundreds of his students had settled. This book helped me finally understand the attraction of Tibetan Buddhism. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

A Portrait of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Many of them were very intelligent and independent artists and writers. Trungpa was a significant figure in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, founding Naropa University and establishing the Shambhala Training method, a presentation of the Buddhadharma largely devoid of ethnic trappings.

I feel sorry that most of the Westerners could not recognize their own reflections in the mystic Tibetan mirror. Feb 19, Duncan rated it it was amazing.

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This would not be a great book for those just new to Buddhism but those who have studied at least the Mahayana teachings and have an idea of what’s to come, this is a great read.


This is a very advanced book dealing with advanced teachings so I was lost for a lot of it but had enough exposure that it sort of tickled parts of my brain. From this profound point of view, spiritual practice does not provide comfortable answers to pain or confusion. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is probably unrealistic for people to expect their saints to be totally pure and without usual human failings.

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Nov 11, Gentil rated it it was amazing. A journey exploring the practices of Chinese hermits living in the Zhongnan Mountains. This hopelessness is the starting point of the process of realization. But there was a similar cultish dynamic.