Friday, 8 May 2009

Trungpa's Crazy Wisdom

"Crazy wisdom is natural, effortless, not driven by the hope and fear machine of the ego."

The late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche pictured here at play with irony. It can be said it was he who introduced the concept of crazy wisdom to the the West, America being his favorite play ground.

'Wisdom' in Tibetan Umeh script, the smaller text reads 'crazy wisdom' calligraphy Tashi Mannox 2009.

Chogyam Trungpa is famous for his explanation on crazy wisdom, indeed many would agree that He was also a great practitioner of crazy wisdom......

"He subdues whoever needs to be subdued and destroys whoever needs to be destroyed." The idea here is that whatever your neurosis demands, when you relate with a crazy-wisdom person you get hit back with that. Crazy wisdom presents you with a mirror reflection. That is why Padmasambhava's crazy wisdom is universal. Crazy wisdom knows no limitation and no logic regarding the form it takes."

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche pictured here as a monk in Bhutan during the early 1960's.

Tashi recalls "I always remember one of my early teachers, Lama Thubten of Palpung, He would say, "A Bodhisattva such as Trungpa Rinpoche has the realization and confidence to leap like a lion over mountains, His followers unequaled, try to jump like little lambs, yet stumble and fall to break their legs.
As a Dharma practitioner there is the justification and danger to use 'crazy wisdom' as an excuse to act irresponsibly, this would be better called 'crazy stupidity'!"

One of Trugpa's sons, Gesar Mukpo wrote a moving poem of the anniversary of the death of his father.


  1. Hi.

    Nice pic of Trungpa. Might you tell where you found it? I'd like to buy or print a big, poster-size version.


    - Bob

  2. Hi Bob,

    No idea of the origin of this photo, it was sent to me by a friend who cannot remember where she found it....