Working with intellect can be a constant discovery of new situations in life and what the teachings and scriptures have to say about them. It means understanding the whole geography of the teachings, so that you are not bewildered by some new approach or new wisdom. It is possible to approach learning and understanding other than by collecting information for the sake of gaining a solid perspective, or developing a new ego. There are other ways for one to be highly scholastic, highly intellectual. In this way, whatever comes up in relation to the teaching becomes very simple, very easy and workable.
From “Intellect and Working with Negativity” in Crazy Wisdom by Chögyam Trungpa, pages 156–157