The Idea behind Kira, Kira Cafe and PaB

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    Pema Pera: I hope that we can integrate some of what we are learning here in the pressure cooker of PaB with a wider group of people in the Kira Cafe in an even more relaxed atmosphere (without chat log recording :-)
    Gaya Ethaniel: I'm still a bit unclear what I'd visit the cafe for Pema
    Pema Pera: it is basically a place to get together for anyone with a real respect for both science and for other ways of knowing, including the PaB approach as well as various traditional approaches
    Pema Pera: so if you want to hang out and relax AND you like to talk about the nature of reality, this is your Cafe!


    Pema and Adams visited the Kira Cafe under construction by Storm. Pema shared the main ideas  of Kira, Kira cafe, and their relation with PaB.

    Pema Pera: The idea is that "Play as Being" is primarily for those interested in going all the way to Being to focus on as a resource
    Pema Pera: and this(kira cafe) is a more general place for anyone interested in Kira, and in play, but not necessarily in Being, although all PaB folks are of course more than welcome.

    Pema Pera: Kira is about exploration, in an open group way, like PaB, that part is similar
    Pema Pera: in Kira, we have four slogans, to some things up very briefly
    Pema Pera: starting with the fact that science has a lot of interesting and valuable things to say about reality, in an empirical and testable way (you could call that #0, as a starting point), the four slogans are:
    Pema Pera: 1) what else is true?
    Pema Pera: asking the question of whether there are other experience-based approaches to seeing into reality;
    Pema Pera: 2) ways of knowing
    Pema Pera: inviting us to find those other ways and talk about them
    Pema Pera: 3) roots not fruits
    Pema Pera: starting with a focus on the experiential base of each way of knowing;
    Pema Pera: 4) open play
    Pema Pera: pointing to the open and playful approach to research, in science as well as in other ways of knowing
    Pema Pera: So that's a quick summary of Kira

    Pema Pera: Kira starts with the empirical knowledge provided by science, and asks the question "what else is true". Specifically, which other "ways of knowing" qualify as giving us real insight into the nature of reality, based on experience, and verified and developed further by a community of peers?
    Pema Pera: In our comparative research we take a "roots not fruits" approach. What are the roots of science? What are the roots of other ways of knowing, from philosophy to contemplation to art, to name a few? What is common and different in the interplay between theory and experiment?
    Pema Pera: Much of our research by necessity falls outside traditional disciplinary boundaries. An attitude of "open play" is our main guide. We start with the playful attitude of science, combining an openness to crazy new ideas with a very serious emphasis on quality control, and try to apply that attitude
    to all of our discussions and investigations.
    Pema Pera: So the idea is to use those three paragraphs as the mission statement, with the four slogans each clickable to a new page
    Pema Pera: each new page then explains that concept in a few more paragraphs

    Adams Rubble: I know Kira predated PaB but it seems PaB has been very successful. Why the new push of Kira?
    Pema Pera: Kira is continuing
    Pema Pera: and PaB is not for everybody -- not for most of my colleagues for example
    Pema Pera: not everybody is interesting in Being, or in Being Seeing and all that
    Storm Nordwind nods
    Pema Pera: traditionally, each spiritual approach has had only a tiny core of people that were interesting in and ready for taking in the vodka of a completely direct approach
    Pema Pera: in fact, I expect the Kira Cafe to act also as a kind of portal
    Pema Pera: people not interested in Being now can mingle here with PaB folks
    Pema Pera: and little by little get used to it
    Pema Pera: without sitting on cushions
    Pema Pera: without being asked here "have you tried the 9 sec yet"
    Pema Pera: and reversely, Kira is a way for the PaB people to report back to the world at large what they have found

    Pema Pera: so in a way the Kira Cafe is the interface between PaB and the world at large, from the PaB point of view
    Pema Pera: in a completely non-threatening way

    Pema Pera: My prediction is that within half a year there will be somebody here at any time of day or night
    Storm Nordwind: great! The lounge area will have couches and armchairs. I'll make sure the bar is well stocked!
    Pema Pera: So to sum up: "spatially" or "knowledge wise" Kira is in between PaB and our world at large -- and "temporally" Kira was what gave birth to PaB, by experimenting with the key ingredients for ten years, until they matured into what then became PaB
    Pema Pera: so it is wonderful to have that embodied here in SL now
    Pema Pera: much more complete
    Pema Pera: like PaB coming home
    Pema Pera: or home coming to PaB

    Pema Pera: It is funny how everything has grown so organically -- Kira giving rise to WoK, ways of Knowing, with WoK moving into the virtual world of Qwaq, and after a year there me moving on to SL to start PaB, and then needing money to pay for the PaB land and looking at Kira as the umbrella organization for non-profit grant receiving, and then realizing that in fact it would be good to have Kira be represented here in SL on PaB land, turning the tables so to speak -- and finally realizing that we can represent the historical and temporal way of PaB formation here spatially by having the PaB land be in fact part of the wider Kira land with wider Kira activities, PaB being the crown jewel so to speak of the whole crown of Kira
    Storm Nordwind: Wow!
    Pema Pera: all without planning or premeditation -- just the way it grew
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Pema Pera: in itself an example of PaB
    Storm Nordwind nods
    Pema Pera: playing and letting Being express itself

    Pema Pera: It will be so nice to see whether we can combine both education and research in science with a Kira outlook!
    Pema Pera: Play as Being at the PaB pavilion, with the emphasis on Play as humans at the Cafe and then here in the Science Park Play as scientists -- and of course all that really as forms of Play as Being, but letting Being play differently :-)

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