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Crazy Wisdom (Dharma Ocean) Paperback – November 13, 2001
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About the Author
Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.