Excerpted from Entrance To The Great Perfection: A Guide To The Dzogchen Preliminary Practices by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, ©2010:
We should really have this aspiration. We should pray that one day we reach a stage where we have enough courage to become just like these eccentric people. Right now, we can only afford to be slightly nonconformist. A little bit of craziness is okay. It’s kind of character building activity. But we are very scared of going beyond that! We would be outcast and all that.
So we should pray that someday, we really become crazy. Not in the sense of becoming something like a lunatic from one of these asylums. The craziness we are referring to means going beyond the “eight worldly dharmas”; truly not caring whether you are being praised or criticized is the ultimate craziness. From the mundane, worldly point of view, whenever you are praised, you…
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