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Crazy Wisdom Cannot Be Defeated

January 26, 2012

Crazy wisdom cannot be defeated. If someone attacks or if someone praises, crazy wisdom will feed on either equally. As far as crazy wisdom is concerned, both praise and blame are the same thing—because there is always some energy occuring.

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2 Responses to Crazy Wisdom Cannot Be Defeated

  • Ralph Asher says:

    In a song of Milarepa we are told that one cannot walk the Vajrayana path or taste luminosity unless one has some realization of equanimity. Crazy Wisdom is the fruition of the total realization of equanimity. Khyenpo Ganshar, the crazy wisdom teacher of the Vidyahara Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche, exemplified this when he had his students taste feces and know that it was neither a bad taste nor a good taste. Compassion is said to be synonymous with Shunyata, as I read so many years ago. It was not learned then but it did show me that what I was being taught by fellow students about compassion was not quite right. I held the view that while I did not know what compassion was, clearly it was not the samsaric notion that they were teaching. How could it be? Their "compassion" would have me feeling a need to do tonglen when a man's daughter was dying but not feeling such a need when he was winning an election. True Compassion cannot be about good and bad – happy and sad. ANd, of course. compassion, shunyata and Crazy Wisdom are all beyond any logical construction - must be experienced and realized, not talked about.

    Crazy Wisdom has as its "foot" true compassion based upon realization of emptiness of self and other, and upon equanimity. Realization of Crazy Wisdom can only occur once this ground as been fully actualized.

    So that is what Crazy Wisdom means to me.

    Ralph Asher

    Posted on January 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

  • Ralph Asher says:

    Change ANd to And please.

    Posted on January 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm