Some Background of PaB

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    From: 2008.04.09 07:00 - Space

    So far, I(Pema) have not used any particular book as background reading for these Playing as Being explorations, but triggered by what Maxine had said, there was one book that came to mind.


    Pema Pera: Did you read in the Time, Space and Knowledge book?
    Pema Pera: It was written by Steven Tainer, thirty years ago, on behalf of his teacher, Tarthang Tulku, with whom he was studying then, based on many interviews between the two.
    Pema Pera: In that book, Space as basic and alive in some very important sense is a central notion
    Pema Pera: For me it has been a great inspiration
    Pema Pera: more than any other book in my life
    Maxine Walden: oh, how interesting, no I have not yet read Steven’s book; sounds wonderful;

    Pema Pera: This TSK book, as it is called for short, helped me a lot
    Maxine Walden: can you say more about how it helped?
    Pema Pera: to find ways to connect the type of knowing that I had learned as a scientist
    Pema Pera: with the type of knowing that I had came upon when exploring contemplation and meditation

    Pema Pera: It basically gives the core or essence of the most direct contemplative approach
    Pema Pera: without the usual religious and ritual overhead
    Pema Pera: not that I don’t respect those
    Caledonia Heron: interesting comment about overhead
    Pema Pera: but it is nice to have a very crisp and precise description of the essense
    Pema Pera: in modern terms

    Pema Pera: so this “overhead” can be very helpful of course
    Caledonia Heron: perhaps so
    Pema Pera: especially if it anchors you in your own cultural tradition
    Pema Pera: but for so many of us we are now in between so many worlds that the old anchors have become more like dead weights . . . .
    Caledonia Heron: or places to swim back to, maybe just guideposts, touchpoints
    Maxine Walden: dead weights, maybe like old definitions of ‘who I am, where I come from’ which entrap rather than allow for the new
    Pema Pera: Yes, and yes!

    Pema Pera: Actually, the whole idea of “play as being” I first got from the last chapter of that book
    Pema Pera: and I had been wondering whether to somehow include that book in what I’m doing here
    Pema Pera: but decided to prefer to start from scratch
    Pema Pera: However, what Maxine said about space reminded me so much of the book, that I at least wanted to bring it up.

    Pema Pera: and about our daily life
    Pema Pera: We talk about Being
    Pema Pera: so the question is how to connect the two
    Pema Pera: The approach of that book is to give the first step, from Being to daily life
    Pema Pera: and it is given in terms of the triad: Space, Time and Knowledge
    Pema Pera: and there is a connection between various triads in established religions
    Pema Pera: like in Christianity the Father, Holy Spirit, and the Son
    Pema Pera: like in Buddhism Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, Nirmanakaya
    Caledonia Heron: good spelling there :)
    Pema Pera: but the connections are not precise, more general directions
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: practice, man, practice
    Caledonia Heron: lol

    Pema Pera: So when we ask how to let Being speak to us,
    Pema Pera: rather than we playing Being
    Pema Pera: how to let Being play us
    Pema Pera: the notions of Space, Time, and Knowledge can be quite helpful
    Pema Pera: or you can of course use elements from your own favorite spiritual approach, if you have one.

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