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We Have a Huge Barrel of Wine But No Cups

by Vajradarshini

More poetry, more Rumi, more listening joy from Vajradarshini. And what a title! In fact, this is another splendid journey around the idea of Enlightenment, using the languages of surrender and discipline from the Sufi context. It’s as heady as a sumptuous wine, but also sobering and down to earth, whether we’re “following a railing in the dark” or "wandering inside the red world”. Drink up!

Talk given at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2005

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1. Starting with a poem by Rumi - not a 'sensible' talk (2:14) 
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2. 'Enlightenment'; following a railing in the dark; wine in Rumi's poetry; the Dharma as studying the self; surrender and discipline (3:55) 
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3. The Tavern - pushing off for Truth; 'managing' samsara and settling down (4:18) 
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4. Fermentation; being cooked - slowly (2:55) 
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5. How we are cups; two ways we limit ourselves - i. literalism; a quote from Aloka - abandoning ideas of what the 'path' is (5:06) 
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6. Sangharakshita on literalism and craving; effective Going for Refuge and giving up limited ideas; the antidote to beauty (2:54) 
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7. ii. Utilitarianism; Sangharakshita's idea of the Greater Mandala of Uselessness; literal takes on aesthetics; breaking the cups (4:48) 
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8. Pushing off into truth; kinds of connection with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas; Reality and form and emptiness; visualisation practice and life - things arising and dissolving (5:52) 
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9. 'Fana' and 'baka' in Rumi's poetry - two streamings across the doorsill; Shams-e-Tabrizi - Rumi's teacher (3:04) 
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10. The importance of reflecting on form and emptiness; the eight-point mind training - taking all obstacles with you on the path; the Bodhisattva Ideal from the perspective of emptiness; spiritual practice in a world neither real nor illusory (8:36) 
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11. Pema Chodron on how to avoid burn-out; shunyata and unrealistic ideals; a quote by Dennis Potter near to death; the trivial and the important; birdsong (5:40) 
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12. Hsuan-Tsang's 'trusting mind'; introducing the dirt we buy to the dirt we already have (2:17) 


Total running time: 51:39

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