The Lineage of Crazy Wisdom

Can you imagine being hit by love and hate at the same time? In crazy wisdom, we are hit with compassion and wisdom at the same time, without a chance of analyzing them. There’s no time to think; there’s no time to work things out at all. It is THERE—but at the same time, it isn’t there. There is no textbook for becoming a crazy–wisdom person. It doesn’t hurt to read books, but unless you have some experience of crazy wisdom through contact with the crazy–wisdom lineage—with somebody who is crazy and wise at the same time—you won’t get much out of books alone.—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Excerpted from “Let the Phenomena Play,” in CRAZY WISDOM, pages 58 to 59.

After many years in the making Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chögyam Trungpa, Johanna Demetrakis’s full–length documentary, premiered on Sunday, February 6, at the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. For links to reviews and information about the film, go to Carolyn Gimian’s blog.

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