Not your KTD dharma: letting go of hoping to understand anything at all..

Picture of Marpa the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players do a dramatic reading from volume five of Chogyam Trungpa’s collected works in which they discuss the crazy wisdom of letting go of hoping to understand anything at all…

Jonathan replies.

“The approach of crazy wisdom that we are discussing here is to give up hope.”

Jonathan continues.

“There is no hope of understanding anything at all.”

Allen replies.

“There is no hope of finding out who did what or what did what or how anything works.”

Sally replies.

“We have given up our ambition to put the jigsaw puzzle together.”

Jonathan replies.

“Give it up altogether, absolutely; throw it up in the air, let it go.”

Jonathan continues.

“Unless we give up this hope, this precious hope, there is no way out at all.”

Allen replies.

“It is like trying to work out who is in control of the body or the mind, who has the closest link with some higher power—or what is true, as we would say as Buddhists.”

Karl replies.

“As Buddhists we take the position that the Buddha discovered the truth.”

Karl continues.

“The Buddha’s truth doesn’t depend on some higher power to be true.”

Sally replies.

“The Buddha didn’t believe in a higher power.”

Sally continues.

“The Buddha’s truth doesn’t depend on the existence of a truth-maker.”

Virginia replies.
“It is useless for us to fight over this.”

Virginia continues.

“The situation is completely hopeless, absolutely hopeless.”

Karl replies.

“We do not understand—and we have no possibility of understanding—anything at all.”

Allen replies.

“It is hopeless to look for something to understand, for something to discover, because there is no discovery at all at the end, unless we manufacture one.”

Allen continues.

“Even if we somehow manufacture a discovery, we aren’t particularly happy about it for long.”

Sally replies.

“We have only cheated ourselves in the process.”

Allen replies.

“Between ‘me’ and ‘that’.”

Jonathan replies.

“So the introductory process of  crazy wisdom is giving up hope, giving up hope completely.”

Sally replies.

“Nobody is going to comfort us, nobody is going to save us from ourselves.”

Virginia replies.

“The whole idea of trying to find the root or some logic for crazy wisdom, as some kind of truth, is completely hopeless.”

Karl replies.

“There is no ground, so there is no hope.”

Caroline replies.


Caroline continues.

“There is also no fear for that matter, but we better not talk about that too much, at least at this point in our discussion.”

End scene. Fini.

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