2010.04.10 01:00 - Seismic events

    • A brief mention of a public television documentary on The Buddha as a historical figure.
    • Are there earthquakes where you live?  Have you ever felt the earth move?   We know intellectually, the Earth is a pretty dynamic place to stand.  Personally I think it's kind of exciting to be reminded of this, as long as things don't get too far out of hand, as in, seriously destroyed.  I'd rather live in California or some other earthquake zone than an area subject to extreme weather events such as tornados or hurricanes. Earthquakes also have the properties of suddenness and unpredictability.
    • As a reformer, the Buddha could be said to have shaken up the ground of established religious ideas.  That was a long time ago, however, and in the meanwhile, the "ground" of Buddhism has no doubt settled into some seeming solidity.  Or has it?

    2010.04.10 07:00 - Laziness and "should"

    • The word "lazy" might / should be the basis for a doctoral thesis for linguists.  It clearly says far more about the subject using it than about the object it purportedly designates.  In some cultures I believe it doesn't even carry the pejorative charge it does in "ours."  This session did a little deconstruction of "lazy" along with its more normative cousin, "should".  Together they seem like the black and white sheep of the flock of human action, or maybe, the country boy and his factory-workin' city slicker cousin.  Here are a few excerpts. I should have included more, but I was too lazy.

    Pema Pera: lazy can be many things, I s'pose

    Pema Pera: all depending on context . . . .

    Darren Islar: even when you're busy

    Eliza Madrigal: everything to do with context... yes

    Darren Islar: busy at one thing, lazy at another :-)

    Eliza Madrigal: hehe, yes

    Pema Pera: but often a refusal to face up to something, masqueraded as "just lazy"

    Pema Pera: and yes, Darren, fun isn't it!

    Darren Islar: :-)

    Eliza Madrigal: We often 'feel' lazy when we aren't, too... when life forces us to slow down...

    Eliza Madrigal: or we are coping/changing/working at other levels

    Darren Islar: mmhm, it is hard to work out what laziness exactly is

    Eliza Madrigal: and we look at our ideas of how things 'should' have gone ... sure there are many angles :)

    Darren Islar: or going by the definition of Pema, it is more difficult to find out when laziness occurs

    Pema Pera: yes, some "lazy" signals are very natural, and we should follow them; others are obstructions, and better to ignore -- life is complicated!

    Eliza Madrigal: Is it?! :)))))

    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes, i like here how you stated that Pema, it's true too

    Darren Islar: and where is that 'should'-feeling coming from

    Darren Islar: ouch

    Pema Pera: often we are too lazy to look clearly which type of laziness just came up, haha

    2010.04.10 13:00 - Scribe Session, Part II

    • I'm not going to write a scribe session about a session about scribe sessions.  Nosiree, at least not today.  Much as I think someone ought to do just that.  And mind you, I think it's great to kick it around in group.  Here's the recap from that session.  If you want more, you know where to click.

    Concerns - people possibly spending more time on scribing than they have, thinking it may not 'measure up', the scribe process formalizing what is a very fluid-like thought process.

    Creativity in action - People can write any way they like, without comparing it to another scribe or style, realize that there is no set structure on the scribe or the process.

    Future Ideas: Creating a Play as Being library, a guardian writing one scribe if inspired by the topics arising from the sessions.

    • The elusive source of creative freshness seems to be an essential if mysterious component of the scribing process.  Or maybe instead of waiting for a Muse, one can spin the dial-a-genre wheel and fill in the blanks like commercial script writers.
    • But seriously (or playfully) I like the retrospective inspirations, appreciations, or provocations that sometimes happen in scribing.  Did I tell you about the "one that got away"?
    • I'd still like to recommend, as an experiment, a partner or panel type scribe process that combines several viewpoints on what transpired.  Kind of like Charlie Rose and Micheal Moore talking about creating a mocumentary about corporate politics, except that it's all about Play and Being.

    2010.04.10 19:00 - It goes Oops oops oops

    • The session was named after a song for kids:
    Lucinda Lavender: It goes Oops oops oops I 'm always dropping oops,oops,oops, I always spilling. oops Oops oops do I have to pick it up/ I don't want to pick it up!
    • And in addition to that, several established as well as upcoming "play as being luminaries" discussed some innovative new play techniques as well as various well-known SL/RL experiential correlates.  On a related note, I saw a car bumper sticker today with the slogan "Imagination - Gateway to Reality".

    2010.04.11 01:00 - Dreams and love judgements

    • It started with the description of a dream, but then went straight and direct into several human essentials.  Some of PlayAsBeing's truest natural contemplators doing what they do best.
    Cosmicflower Ushimawa: So is it possible there are some deper ego what comes with soul ?
    Cosmicflower Ushimawa: from one incarnation to another?
    Archmage Atlantis: In my belief system, all things are possible.........
    Cosmicflower Ushimawa: ah, well, yess, thats true ;)
    Blonde Starsmith: again there is disucssion of non unified human spirits
    Blonde Starsmith: just because a lable of ego is given to some aspect of human behavior does not make it separate
    Blonde Starsmith: labels create divisions which do not exist
    Archmage Atlantis: I started to say something, yet it was just more definitions.....agree Blonde, and that is what I was doing....labeling
    Blonde Starsmith: I knew your intent Arch
    Blonde Starsmith: it is hard to break the habit
    Cosmicflower Ushimawa: but why there are habits?

    2010.04.11 07:00 - Wetting Toes

    • A suave and stylish discussion of film and fashion...  with a full range of opinions from "I love movies" to "I never want to see one again".  When we do preferences, we go all the way. :)
    • ... enlivened by the recently introduced "just say 'e'" jumping technique popularized by Calvino and Lucinda.

    2010.04.11 08:00 - Guardian Session: Being Playing House

    • This Guardian session was animated - and distinguished from other more routine meetings - by some potent imported Japanese spirits:
    Eos Amaterasu: My understanding of kami is that it is somewhat the spirit or presence of place, or of a living part of nature
    Eos Amaterasu: and the intersection of "that" with "me" somewhat transcends the difference.


    2010.04.11 13:00 - TSK theme session: thawing out

    Pema Pera: Our way of relating to our bodies is often very rigid and tends to restrict our potential as embodied beings. Our attitudes and investigations of the body often perpetuate either a mechanical or a `ghost in the machine' perspective. These same attitudes in many ways ensure that `knowing' will not change or mature qualitatively and will remain a rather isolated occurrence in a basically unknowing world. The `self' is the only thing that is allowed to `know' in such a picture. Everything that supposedly surrounds and interacts with it must be seen as objects which are merely `known'. However, this rather frozen picture can be thawed. It is possible to allow a greater measure of liveliness, clarity, and intimacy with our surroundings to replace the isolated appearances of `body', `mind', and `world'.

    2010.04.11 19:00 - Sneaking Off to Hear Eden and Ulrich Read Their Poems!

    • A session noted for its minimalism.  Can't accuse PaB folk of "all work and no play".
    Pila Mulligan: I have been working this weekend, just ended a fairly extensive project, so I am unwinding.
    Paradise Tennant: what time was eden's poetry session?
    Pila Mulligan: 7 I think :)
    Pila Mulligan: well, let's go to the poetry reading then.

    2010.04.12 01:00 - Crusty returns - briefly

    • A rare visit from a legendary and enlightened being.  Do not be fooled by this person's modest and self-effacing demeanor - he/she/it is clearly a transcended Master of the first water.  And no, this is not secretly an alt for "Calvino", much as your humble Scribe might wish it so.
    Crusty Goldshark: I am very superficial and believe the outer reflects the inner :)
    Crusty Goldshark: My lack of hair represents my distinct lack of anything worth keeping warm (no brain . . .)
    Crusty Goldshark: OK I will turn my sound down - so as not to interfere with my Mindless condition ..
    Crusty Goldshark: Indeed 9 secs is an eternity in some situations . . .
    Crusty Goldshark: I have been doing wii yoga and tai chi for my spiritual undevelopment
    Crusty Goldshark: Have to try and avoid enlightenment by staying in the body?

    2010.04.12 07:00 - Creating a Line to the Inner Child

    • Strange alchemy of some very different people - it works somehow but I'm far from clear what transpired.
    Eden Haiku: A tiny baby is a good reminder of joyful life isn'it Cosmic?
    Crusty Goldshark: Life is just life - we learn what we are up for . . .
    Zen Arado: sometimes it feels like it is mapped out for me
    Eden Haiku: I was teaching a course in collective intelligence once.
    Crusty Goldshark: Babies are Buddhas - much closer to the source . . .
    Zen Arado: yes agree Crusty
    Eden Haiku: Having my students read a book by Pierre Levy, the French philosopher.
    Cosmicflower Ushimawa: is it to learn from, or to remember?
    Eden Haiku: They were science students but they were stuck with the language, very poetic,
    Cosmicflower Ushimawa: ah, yes, we can feel Joy of many many things
    Zen Arado: one of my friends is interested in collective intelligence
    Crusty Goldshark: Rememberance is a form of learning what is present
    Eden Haiku: I felt stuck too, not knowing how to convey the brilliance of the book to them.

    2010.04.12 13:00 - All in a good book

    • Some remember books and reading, if nostalgically.  I'd like to see the actual reading lists of PaB members, insofar as they could be interested in discussing them. 

    2010.04.12 19:00 - Babies and other altered states

    • Having a child and its adaptations to schedule and even emotional values departs somewhat from the seeming standard of how consciousness usually operates.
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