2008.04.17 19:00 - Open and Curious

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    That evening, Dakini was the first one to drop in, and gave me a box with presents including Cid Jacobs’s prayer wheel.

    Pema Pera: Hi Dakini!
    Pema Pera: Thanks for the gift box
    Dakini Rhode: namaste!
    Pema Pera: and not even Chrismas yet
    Pema Pera: namaste!
    Dakini Rhode: look at this prayer wheel! I LOVE it!
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: I got it yesterday already
    Pema Pera: From the horse’s mouth so to speak ;>)
    Pema Pera: and now I got another one, thanks!
    Dakini Rhode: this one is better - i had Cid make some improvements haha
    Dakini Rhode: I feel like I’m relearning things I already knew, all over again
    Dakini Rhode: remembering, at least
    Pema Pera: beginner’s mind! That’s the best . . .
    Dakini Rhode: haha perpetual beginner’s mind
    Pema Pera: yeah
    Pema Pera: at least every quarter of an hour
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Pema Pera: and every quarter of a day here
    Pema Pera: talking about the latter
    Pema Pera: when I go to Japan
    Pema Pera: I will have to miss the mid-day sessions
    Pema Pera: since that will be 5 am for me
    Pema Pera: but I will be at the other three
    Dakini Rhode: will you do the 1am sessions?
    Pema Pera: yes!
    Pema Pera: since that will be 5 pm for me
    Pema Pera: so if you ever have insomnia
    Pema Pera: you know how to find me!

    Dakini talked about her experiences in RL lately.

    Dakini Rhode: today the natural landscape seemed so alive… just waking up from winter
    Dakini Rhode: I noticed… when I walked past people, I expected they would be more “alive” than the grass, or the trees, for example
    Dakini Rhode: and I noticed the opposite
    Dakini Rhode: It seemed the people were bundled up and closed off, while the grass and trees were just reaching out
    Dakini Rhode: so I started looking for open and curious people
    Dakini Rhode: guess where I found them?
    Pema Pera: ?
    Dakini Rhode: our offshore friends, young people who have come to the US to work with us
    Pema Pera: how interesting! Where are they from?
    Dakini Rhode: Noida
    Dakini Rhode: Noida, India
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: I thought it was a typo for “no idea”
    Dakini Rhode: haha
    Pema Pera: and you were teaching me not to categorize
    Dakini Rhode: now ya got me giggling
    Pema Pera: ;>)
    Dakini Rhode: this was just a little experience I had today… tomorrow could be different
    Pema Pera: did you talk with them about that?
    Dakini Rhode: no
    Pema Pera: they might be receptive
    Pema Pera: and encouraged
    Pema Pera: in a new country
    Pema Pera: to be taken seriously like that in what counts
    Dakini Rhode: It was interesting to notice the “energies” of different people I encountered
    Pema Pera: yes
    Dakini Rhode: true! I will have to work that in!
    Dakini Rhode: I must have become more open and curious, by doing the PaB
    Dakini Rhode: So I could notice these things
    Pema Pera: that is great, Dakini, yes, that is one of the things that I had hoped would happen — though I had no precise expectation
    Dakini Rhode: Well I’m going on… what about your day?
    Pema Pera: oh, still relatively early here
    Pema Pera: Have to write my PaB blog for this afternoon and for tonite
    Dakini Rhode: hah
    Pema Pera: if I ever fall behind, I won’t be able to catch up!

    As often happens in SL, it would actually take a while before Dakini would leave :-).
    We continued talking and then one by one visitors stopped by.

    Pema Pera: As for what you described
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: my experiences are similar
    Pema Pera: it is really wonderful
    Pema Pera: to see how continuity can arrive
    Pema Pera: when you invite her
    Pema Pera: we tend to have these deep feelings and insights when we practice
    Dakini Rhode: what do you mean by continuity Pema?
    Pema Pera: and then it’s so easy to let it all blow away
    Pema Pera: and forget about it in our daily lives
    Dakini Rhode: true
    Pema Pera: but the 9-sec practice is like an invitation
    Pema Pera: for what you have found to return
    Pema Pera: so continuity
    Pema Pera: is like a dakini or angel or messenger
    Pema Pera: so I called it a she ;>)
    Dakini Rhode: :-)
    Dakini Rhode: this reminds me of something Trungpa said
    Chymera Sugarbeet: hello
    Pema Pera: Hi Chymera!
    Pema Pera: Nice to meet you
    Pema Pera: come on in
    Dakini Rhode: Hello!
    Chymera Sugarbeet: This is beautiful
    Pema Pera: how about a cup of tea?
    Pema Pera: And Bunan, how about you?
    Dakini Rhode: where are they?
    Pema Pera: in the tea house
    Pema Pera: behind you ;>)
    Chymera Sugarbeet: Thank you. I cannot stay as I was just exploring one more place before bed. May come again and take you up on it another time?
    Pema Pera: of course!
    Pema Pera: any time — or more precisely
    Pema Pera: we are here at 7 am, 1 pm, 7 pm every day
    Chymera Sugarbeet: Thank you!
    Chymera Sugarbeet: Good night all!
    Pema Pera: good night!
    Pema Pera: Hi Bunan!
    Pema Pera: come join us

    Bunan walked in just as Chymera left.

    Dakini Rhode: Hello Bunana!
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: you have to make him a hat
    Pema Pera: like your cone
    Pema Pera: but then with banana
    Pema Pera: chocolate banana disco!!!
    Pema Pera: hmmmmm
    Dakini Rhode: o my i may have a hat like that
    Bunan Bosatsu: Well!! Hello!
    Bunan Bosatsu: I have some stuff for you…
    Dakini Rhode: wow i’m being showered with blessings!
    Bunan Bosatsu: Also… I have an object that you can put in the waterfall to make a cloud water-mist effect if you like…
    Dakini Rhode: I would love that!
    Bunan Bosatsu: You can change the name and put the object in as many places as you like… you can drop the script into any prim and hide it…
    Pema Pera: a wondrous effect!
    Bunan Bosatsu: Clappers!
    Dakini Rhode: they make a noise!
    Bunan Bosatsu: Those are sounds that I recorded from my actual rin and clappers…
    Pema Pera: MC Bunan
    Dakini Rhode: wonderful!
    Bunan Bosatsu: :-)
    Dakini Rhode: what are the clappers for?
    Bunan Bosatsu: The clappers are used during practice…. sometimes they indicate that it is okay to enter the Zendo… usually they indicate that it is time for Kinhin (walking meditation) or standing break….
    Bunan Bosatsu: Sometimes they indicate that during kinhin it is time to change from Sassho to Gassho hand position…
    Dakini Rhode: Bunan, I think you will need to give us training

    Bunan then spoke about his hermitage that he recently remodeled into a more modest form. We chatted a bit more, and finally each went our own way.

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