Nobily Insane Interesting, I have never heard of this classification -- and I like it. Is this "Nobility" terminology common in Vajrayāna sects? Is there a Tibetan word for this or Sanskrit [though it sounds very un-sutra-ist]? Is the conversation of the triad of ordinary-noble-special found in other Buddhisms to your knowledge? Having worked for years with severely mentally ill folks, many psychotic people come to mind who walk around not caring about being normal, not trying to be special and very unaware of how utterly strange they are. It is as if the "disease" turned off this part of the brain. Perhaps the Vajra practice is to turn off this part of the brain also without entering a crippling, non-functional complete disease state. In my post on "Buddhist Dog-Brain", I similarly wonder about the neuro-cognitive consequences of different meditation/insight exercises resulting in lack of self-pity. These may be silly speculations, but they are my way of putting together my observations and experiences -- it is my story-making mind at work, perhaps.