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Crazy Wisdom (Dharma Ocean)
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2000
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My father gave me a copy of "Crazy Wisdom" on my twelfth birthday. I am now 20 years old, and I still struggle with the enormity of what this book implies. I have read it several times, left it behind, returned to it with new experiences and gained new insights. Basically, the book contains Tibetan philosophical wisdom, but it is infinitely more. I'd recommend this book to everyone who is interested in philosophy (and in particular Oriental and Tibetan). The book is a powerful and relatively understandable introduction to contemporary Tibetan philsophers, based largely on Buddhism, but the religious aspect of the book is negligible. This is not a cheap "This will change your life" scam, but contains some serious and powerful methods of working with the mind.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2010
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If you want Buddhism in a neat little peaceful container this is not for you. If you want to see the dark, wild underbelly - both within Buddhism and yourself - buy this book immediately. Trungpa's most vivid and audacious work.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2007
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Trungpa's Crazy Wisdom is the wisdom of compassion; it is also the best gift a compassionate Buddhist Master bestowed to the Western world. When reading his teaching, I can feel in any moment that the teaching is passed on to me from his heart, his linage and his being. This is the best book I have read by far which could use the most earth English language to hand over the most profound teaching from the Vajrayana tradition.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
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I think that reading this book could potentially ruin your life in the best way possible.

You thought you were just going to be an ordinary Buddhist, perfect in your flaws, meditating now and again to calm your mind, meeting cuties at group meditation. That was until Trungpa, the ultimate bull in your beautiful China shop, came thrashing through. He kicked in the windows, broke your tea set, and turned around with this crazy smile on a nostrils-flaring face, and you knew things would never be the same.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche is an invaluable teacher in my life. If it were not for him I think I would likely stagnate all the time in my quest to be a good Buddhist. There is a kind of raw energy, openness, directness and contemporariness that I simply don't see elsewhere. He is not trying to be polite or proper, nor to make life easier or "less stressful". His books are not for anyone who is seeking relaxation or stress relief through meditation. He wants to wake you up, and in this text he is going to burn your house down just to make sure you get out of your bed.

This book contains powerful lessons for anyone wanting to awaken in Buddhist practice. For all such people, this material can shock you off of your cushion and into real-world interaction with the teachings. There is a kind of energy, a kind of just-do-it mentality, a you-can-do-it-ness, and a what-are-you-waiting-for-ness to this book, that makes me feel like I'm excited to be alive.

You're going to need actual instruction, for which I recommend finding a living teacher or some other texts by the same author, such as Training the Mind. But for those who are already into Buddhism and especially Tibetan Buddhism, you should read this book at least once --- kind of like that occasional dip into a cold mountain lake, you might just feel awake and alive in an I-can't-explain-it---just-see-for-yourself kind of way.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2010
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Chogyam Trungpa puts into words such subtle and deep lessons that at times I found myself reinvigorated with the thirst for Dharma knowledge. There are so many texts to choose from within the "genre" of Buddhist literature and at times it can seem disheartening. It is almost as if the great lessons have yet to be translated, but fear not! This book has immediately become one of the most precious books in my library. I have long been a fan of Padmasambhava and have read a few accounts of his life story, but Crazy Wisdom abandons the trappings of linear progression and gets to the heart of the matter. If you value Tibetan Buddhism than I strongly suggest you purchase and voraciously consume the text inside. It will change you.

I plan to eventually purchase the entire collection of books by the 11th Tulku of the Trungpa lineage and look forward to what the 12th incarnation will bring into the world.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
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Trungpa is direct and merciless when it comes to the tricks of the ego. The teachings is confronting and direct, and in some ways very advanced.

Read it if your want to be confronted with reality of life and are motivated to assimilate the path of waking up to your life as it unfolds moment by moment.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2013
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I was a guy reading a book when I started; by the time I finished, I was the guy, the book, and everything else- and nothing.
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What a fun way to learn things. Seems I can identify with this immensly.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2014
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Classic Trungpa. If you are a Vajrayana practitioner, then this set of talks can be very eye-opening. As usual, Trungpa has a great way of distilling very high teachings of Mahamudra, Deity yoga and Madhyamaka in such a way one doesn't realize they are imbedded within his language. Worth reading more than a few times. Highly recommend for a practitioner.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2014
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If you want to satisfy your ego with spiritual answers, please read another book. This will pull the rug from under your beliefs. Love it!
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