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Sharpen Your Intellect

The first step for you as a student is to sharpen your intellect and not buy anything that is presented without question. To wake yourself up, cynical thinking and critical questioning are extremely important. Otherwise, you are completely helpless. You are just being fed through an intravenous system.So let us not be in the hospital! Let us be full, living persons who could actually relate with what is being presented, who could think critically, work it out, and understand, and question anything we do not understand. This has nothing to do with becoming an intellectual person. It is an intuitive process

From Cynicism and Magic: Intelligence and Intuition on the Buddhist Path, pages 6 to 7.

Of Interest to Readers:  Mondays, Starting Tomorrow, October 4 at 5:30 pm Mountain Time: Join an online course to explore Cynicism and Magic, the newest volume of never before published talks by Chogyam Trungpa, based on his first seminar at Naropa. The first night is a celebration of the book’s publication and is free for all. The course will focus on Buddhist teachings for uncovering intelligence and insight, for transcending both nihilistic thinking and naïve faith, as we progress on the path of meditation. The course is moderated by Carolyn Gimian, who selects the  weekly quotes. Each class will feature presentations and dialogues with the book’s editors and their special guests.  For information and to register, go to: https://www.naropa.edu/academics/extended-campus/cynicism-magic/


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