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All One Gorgeous Mistake

by Vajradarshini

A jewelled casket of a talk by Vajradarshini, with poetic accompaniment. Rumi meets Tsongkhapa in the Tavern of Ruin, and Dogen, Milarepa and Nagarjuna join them to talk about 'self' and 'world'. Joanna Macy turns up too — then many voices, mixed and mingled, explore the experience of being part of an Order and following the Buddha's way. Quite splendid stuff.

Talk given at the Western Buddhist Order Women's Convention, 2005

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1. Padmasuri - introduction (5:18) 
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2. Introducing Nagarjuna and Rumi (4:42) 
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3. Rumi on mystical intoxication; Tsongkhapa reading Nagarjuna (4:60) 
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4. Clinging to selfhood; quote from Dogen; insubstantiality and interconnectedness; creating a dualistic perspective (5:39) 
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5. Reality and intuition; Rumi and the tavern of ruin; creating our world through perception (12:08) 
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6. Rumi and the metaphor of cooking - discipline; developing awareness; wabi-sabi - seeing the beauty in impermanence and ordinariness (6:49) 
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7. Milarepa and Rechungpa; relative and absolute truth - a middle way (5:39) 
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8. A personal experience of seeing emptiness; the continual arising and dissolving of forms (3:58) 

Total running time: 49:13