or possibly higher. If you look closely at many of the historical stories that have an aspect of CW in them, CW is very much an outlier and shown under very, very unique and special circumstances, and for very specific teachings to very specific students. (at least speaking from my relatively narrow reading of such stories).Simon E. wrote:Well I observed up close one who was described as a Crazy Wisdom Master over several years...and what is seldom discussed is the fact that 98% of the time his behaviour was no different to any other Kagyu teacher
I can almost picture a teacher coming into a sangha and saying, "how's this for crazy wisdom? Hard, focused work, with no expectation of immediate results".Simon E. wrote: what he demanded from his students was hard, disciplined practise.
I sometimes get the impression that the fantasy is that we were all partying and having riotous fun..
The reality is that life whether at Samye Ling or later in Boulder or Halifax was hard graft, noses were to the grindstone.
I think there's an element of faith generation in the stories for us more mundane practitioners, but that value is lost if we start expecting to see CW in our teachers or as part of our practice. Heck, a lot of value is lost if we start expecting any specific results, not even something like CW, but something as simple as "I'll be happier tomorrow" etc.