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    Pema Pera: “Appreciate the presence of appearance as a presentation by Being”

     Pema Pera: The way to read this is from the end
     Pema Pera: There is Being — Being is all there really IS
     Pema Pera: Being presents
     Pema Pera: What does Being present?
     Pema Pera: appearance
     Pema Pera: more specifically:
     Pema Pera: the presence of appearance
     Pema Pera: and what can we do with that?
     Pema Pera: Appreciate it
     Pia Iger: so easy 
     Pema Pera: yes!!
     Pema Pera: once you learn to subtract, it all becomes very easy.
     Pema Pera: easier and easier as you go along
     Pema Pera: and “progress” becomes faster and faster
     Pema Pera: almost unfairly so

    doug Sosa: and so the unity of being and the multiplicity of appearances kind of oscillate I experience.
    Pema Pera: yes, and perhaps they can even be present fully, simultaneously
    doug Sosa: the sentence forces me to be less active and the presentations to be more active.
    doug Sosa: I shift from constructing to receiving.

    Pema Pera: The APAPB sentence is a kind of lozenge
    Pema Pera: put it under your tongue
    Pema Pera: let it melt
    Pema Pera: not so much a mantra
    Pema Pera: more something to let seep in
    Pema Pera: dissolve all else



    Sky Szimmer: yes. I try to practice the latest suggestion apapb
    Adams Rubble: Have you tried other exercises too?
    Sky Szimmer: hey. it's getting late for me, got to run soon. it is nice to see you guys.
    Adams Rubble: Ok, sorry I wasn;t more help
    Sky Szimmer: yes. but i realized that the I just won't step out of the way.
    Sky Szimmer: the self really insists on itself
    Adams Rubble: I had some royal battles with my "self"
    Adams Rubble: It was usually something I had to find
    Sky Szimmer: yes. it is funny because i can see what it'd be like just Be, but then the self just can't let go.
    Adams Rubble: The exercise of watching my thoughts worked best at those times
    Adelene Dawner: "Appreciate the presence of appearance as a presentation by Being" .... the self appears... it's a presentation by Being. ^.^

    Pema Pera: So as for presenting, we can start with the fact that there is appearance
    Pema Pera: something appears, we don't know what it is, where it comes from, etc, we only know that appearance appears
    Pema Pera: Stating it that way is the negative form: anything more than saying "appearance" is speculation, to some extent -- and leaving out speculation means stripping off any element besides appearance; a negative approach (and a very useful one!)
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Pema Pera: The positive approach is here to say "appearance can be seen as a presentation by Being"
    Pema Pera: even though we don't know anything about what appears, at least we can consider the possibility that Being presents it
    Pema Pera: This is not a belief, not a dogma, just a possibility, a hypothesis if you like
    Pema Pera: What Being presents is in fact not appearance directly -- but more specifically, the presence of appearance
    Pema Pera: appearance itself is utterly unsubstantial so perhaps the only thing you can say about it is that it is present


    From Email re a thread on metaphor:

    In fact, you could say that everything is Being, and when not
    recognized as such, becomes hidden as a metaphor.

    Something glorious appears, and hits us in an instant, in its naked thereness.
    Then we call it a bird, thereby dressing it up in a concept, a kind of metaphor.
    We shift from the Isness of the situation to the packaging.

    Appreciating the Presence of Appearance as such is an exploration of what
    it can be like to live without (i.e. see through the spell of) metaphors.


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