Uses the life of Padmasambhava and his eight manifestations to illustrate the principle of "crazy wisdom", which begins with the process of ruthlessly cutting through layers of psychological deception in order to uncover basic sanity.
Crazy wisdom is described by Chogyam Trungpa as an innocent state of mind that has the quality of early morning - fresh, sparkling, and completely awake. He shows it to be the starting point for an exciting spiritual journey and from this profound point of view, spiritual practice does not provide comfortable answers to pain or confusion. On the contary, painful emotions can be appreciated as a challenging opportunity for new discovery. In particular, he discuses meditation as a practical way to uncover one`s own innate wisdom in the midst of everyday life.
"In the context of Padmasambhava`s life and his eight aspects we see that the Buddhist approach to spirituality is one of ruthlessly cutting through any chance we might have of confirming ourselves at any particular stage of development on the spiritual path. When we discover that we have made some progress on the spiritual path, that discovery of progress is regarded as a hindrance to further progress. So we don`t get a chance to rest, to relax, or to congratulate ourselves at all. It is a one-shot, ongoingly ruthless spiritual journey. And that is the essence of Padmasambhava`s spirituality." ~ Chogyam Trungpa.