2008.04.28 13:00 - A Small Crowd

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    That afternoon, I was very pleased to see Vishnu, the avatar of an old friend of mine in RL. He had recently entered SL, and had just began to explore the virtual world a bit. As soon as I saw him walking up to the tea house, over the bridge, Storm appeared as well.

    Pema Pera: Hi Vishnu!
    Vishnu Duranjaya: hi pema
    Pema Pera: Hi Storm!
    Pema Pera: Meet Vishnu
    Storm Nordwind: A real avatar! :)
    Pema Pera: Vishnu, meet Storm
    Vishnu Duranjaya: hi storm
    Storm Nordwind: I have met avatars of Vishnu before! :)
    Vishnu Duranjaya: actually, that from which avatars came from….

    Vishnu was refering to the Indian God Vishnu, the one who incarnates in the world, taking up human form as what has been called traditionally an avatar, the original Sanskrit term that then got picked up to describe how RL people `incarnate’ in virtual worlds . . . We were still standing outside, and hadn’t decided yet whether to sit down on the benches there or go into the tea house.

    Storm Nordwind: Inside or outside?
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Either is fine with me
    Pema Pera: inside?
    Pema Pera: it may rain soon again ;>)
    Storm Nordwind shrugs
    Vishnu Duranjaya: ok
    Pema Pera: Vishnu is an old friend of mine in RL, Storm
    Pema Pera: one of the few I am meeting here whom I have already met in RL ;>)
    Storm Nordwind: I’m pleased to meet you Vishnu
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Nice to meet you too Storm
    Pema Pera: first time for Vishnu and me to meet in SL, or almost (a few minutes long we saw each other, last month)
    Pema Pera: have you gotten used to SL a bit, Vishnu?
    Vishnu Duranjaya: not really
    Vishnu Duranjaya: finding my way through second samsara still
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: samsara it is!
    Storm Nordwind: second? one is bad enough! :)
    Pema Pera: complex . . .
    Pema Pera: SS, Second Samsara

    I had told Vishnu about our PaB project before, and was curious to hear his feedback.

    Pema Pera: have you gotten a chance to peek at the Play as Being blog?
    Vishnu Duranjaya: looked at a few of the blog entries
    Vishnu Duranjaya: SS indeed
    Pema Pera: now I wonder about Second Nirvana . . .
    Storm Nordwind: One might be excluded through greediness!
    Pema Pera: what did you think about the blog entries?
    Pema Pera: did something come across or was it hard to sense the context
    Vishnu Duranjaya: interesting. but i am still getting used to SS conversations
    Vishnu Duranjaya: the context is a bit opaque, but I was also not trying very hard to decipher it
    Pema Pera: yes, it’s a different culture
    Vishnu Duranjaya: part of it is that i am still carrying over some of the assumptions of RS. Slowly dropping them though :)
    Pema Pera: Vishnu and I have exchanged email for years about the nature of reality . . .;)
    Pema Pera: RS?
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Real Samsara
    Pema Pera: Ah!
    Pema Pera: what do you think about the idea of 9-second practice every 15 minutes?
    Vishnu Duranjaya: In a Zen retreat that renomenclature seems OK to me…..
    Vishnu Duranjaya: its interesting
    Pema Pera: have you tried it a bit?
    Vishnu Duranjaya: unfortunately, not. I havent been to SL really since I came
    Storm Nordwind: I think you can do it entirely in RL
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: and just for a few hours only if you like
    Storm Nordwind: This is just a convenient meeting point for discussion
    Pema Pera: if you do it for a few days, say, one hour a day, that is then few x 4 x 9 seconds is two minutes in total . . . .
    Vishnu Duranjaya: I figured. Let me try to excuse myself another way; Since I wasnt in the discussions I wasnt doing it in RL. Ah, I am just lazy
    Storm Nordwind: A fine admission. I appreciate an honesty like that :)
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Pema knows my laziness well enough.
    Vishnu Duranjaya: So its easy to admit it

    We talked about our RL backgrounds.

    Storm Nordwind: What is your background in RL Vishnu?
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Mathematics/Cognitive Science and Reality Studies….
    Storm Nordwind: A very interesting mix
    Storm Nordwind: Naturally informing each other perhaps
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Somewhat. It could be better. But I try to give it a shot
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    Vishnu Duranjaya: How about you Storm
    Storm Nordwind: Well first i should say that I was breaking SL etiquette by enquiring into your RL background so soon
    Storm Nordwind: But as Pema had broached a relationship I thought it OK in this occasion
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Pema, sorry, I just felt like saying that we have moved from RL to RL/2 (email and meetings) to SL; a slow but steady shift of samsaras
    Storm Nordwind groans
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Thats ok
    Storm Nordwind: Well my background is very wide!
    Storm Nordwind: I currently teach engineers how to be other than unsociable geeks!
    Vishnu Duranjaya: ok
    Storm Nordwind: I do that in industry itself rather that at any academic institution
    Vishnu Duranjaya: thats interesting
    Storm Nordwind: My interest in Play as Being comes from a long spiritual study over the last 35 years
    Vishnu Duranjaya: ok
    Vishnu Duranjaya: pema, is there a structure to these discussions or do they tend to be free flowing
    Storm Nordwind nods at the excellent question
    Pema Pera: very free flowing
    Pema Pera: no structure ;>)
    Vishnu Duranjaya: ok
    Pema Pera: but the theme is play and Being
    Pema Pera: both
    Pema Pera: and playing as Being in particular
    Vishnu Duranjaya: hmm
    Pema Pera: but more than half the time we talk about other things
    Pema Pera: so everything goes!

    The conversation moved to the notion of play, so central in our activities here.

    Vishnu Duranjaya: SL is very suited to playing
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: the more I do this , four weeks here now, the more I see how absolutely central play is
    Pema Pera: for me at least
    Pema Pera: in integrating what I have learned through contemplation
    Pema Pera: meditation
    Pema Pera: reading
    Pema Pera: talking
    Pema Pera: in short
    Pema Pera: all that I have learned
    Vishnu Duranjaya: i think thats why stories are so important in the traditional versions of contemplation; especially stories told tongue in cheek by a master/guru
    Pema Pera: yes
    Storm Nordwind: And perhaps here we have an emanation of Lila!
    Pema Pera: YES!
    Vishnu Duranjaya: hmm
    Pema Pera: I love the lila notion
    Pema Pera: you’ve used that too, right, Vishnu?
    Pema Pera: in earlier conversations
    Vishnu Duranjaya: yes
    Vishnu Duranjaya: RL conversations

    We returned to our main theme, PaB.

    Pema Pera: in a typical zen story, a zen practitioner would spend, say, six years to look deeply into reality and then, say, twenty years to integrate what was seen into daily life
    Pema Pera: What we’re trying to do here, as a community, is to start at the end
    Vishnu Duranjaya: as in integration first?
    Pema Pera: we start integrating and then we use that to invite practice to follow
    Pema Pera: filling the gaps
    Vishnu Duranjaya: ok
    Pema Pera: so we shoot holes into our conventional covering of reality
    Pema Pera: every 15 minutes a little hole
    Pema Pera: and see what shines through
    Vishnu Duranjaya: ok
    Pema Pera: and let that seduce us to go deeper into it
    Pema Pera: leading to natural immersion into what you might call forms of contemplation
    Pema Pera: or just natural Being
    Storm Nordwind: I sometimes find something quite startling
    Storm Nordwind: When you shoot holes on the conventional covering of reality…
    Storm Nordwind: istead of of just being able to see through…
    Storm Nordwind: I find that reality, or what we conventionally call reality, falls right into the hole!
    Pema Pera: yes, anything can happen, and it is wonderful when that happens — it is always fresh and surprising!

    Neighbor Isen walked in. I was glad to see more of him, lately.

    Storm Nordwind: Welcome Isen!
    Pema Pera: Hi Isen!
    Isen Enzo: Hiya.
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Hi isen
    Pema Pera: Come join us!
    Pema Pera: We are talking about integration and meditation
    Pema Pera: and how the 9-sec practice that I’ve suggested starts with integration
    Pema Pera: every 15 minutes
    Pema Pera: and so invites meditation
    Pema Pera: rather than the other way around
    Isen Enzo: 9 second practice, I like that…
    Pema Pera: of course ideally both of them should go hand in hand
    Pema Pera: yes, it started as an April fools joke

    Storm refered to Isen’s new glasses, which made him look very distinguished.

    Storm Nordwind admire Isen’s new specs, and notices how scholarly he suddenly looks :)
    Pema Pera: (^_^)
    Isen Enzo: lol
    Isen Enzo: Stuff…
    Isen Enzo: costume..
    Isen Enzo: but thanks!
    Isen Enzo: lol
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Hi All, I have to go now. I am beginning to get a sense for the holes that you are opening up. Will be back soon for more holiness.
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: wonderful pun
    Pema Pera: hadn’t thought about that one yet . . . .
    Isen Enzo: His Holey ness..
    Pema Pera: I thought you were holed up . . ..
    Pema Pera: yeah
    Storm Nordwind: It sounds like my memory. Which is like a…er … what do you call those holey things?
    Isen Enzo: Don’t get Storm started…
    Pema Pera: thanks for dropping by, Vishnu!
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Hold on to your holes

    At that point I remembered a conversation that Vishnu and I had had years ago, about pointlessness not of mathematics but in mathematics.

    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: as a mathematician I’m sure you’ve a lot to say about holes
    Pema Pera: pointless holes, are there things like that for example?
    Pema Pera: you once told me about pointless sets or such
    Storm Nordwind: In electronics there are holes too
    Vishnu Duranjaya: whats the point of disscussing those….
    Isen Enzo: A holistic approach?
    Pema Pera: I remember your pointless conversation from years ago
    Storm Nordwind: yes!
    Pema Pera: it really was a technical term!
    Storm Nordwind laughs
    Vishnu Duranjaya: it was
    Pema Pera: was it category theory?
    Vishnu Duranjaya: topos theory
    Pema Pera: ah, a pointless topos?
    Vishnu Duranjaya: which is in category theory
    Vishnu Duranjaya: yes
    Vishnu Duranjaya: you got my point
    Isen Enzo: Holey Moley…
    Pema Pera: you see, Storm and Isen thought I was just kidding!
    Pema Pera: so there
    Storm Nordwind: hehe!
    Vishnu Duranjaya: holistic holology
    Storm Nordwind: However, isen and I have a secret weapon
    Isen Enzo: ?
    Pema Pera: holology I like that
    Storm Nordwind: We can dance
    Isen Enzo: LOL
    Isen Enzo: oh yeah!
    Storm Nordwind: We can fill the hole room
    Vishnu Duranjaya: ok, fellow holesters, i am packing my guns
    Isen Enzo: hole lotta shakin goin on…
    Vishnu Duranjaya: bye for now
    Storm Nordwind: bfn

    After all this good cheer, Vishnu was just about to leave when Isen started off a dance party

    Isen Enzo: Chocolate Disco ♪
    Isen Enzo: Chocolate Disco ♪
    Pema Pera: チョコレイト・ディスコ ♪
    Storm Nordwind: Namaste
    Vishnu Duranjaya: Dhanyavad
    Pema Pera: just a moment Vishnu!
    Vishnu Duranjaya: OK
    Pema Pera: Kessidri is about to drop out of the sky
    Storm Nordwind: hi Kessidri
    Kessidri Swamphen: hi again storm
    Pema Pera: hi Kess!
    Pema Pera: Meet Vishnu
    Vishnu Duranjaya: hi kess
    Kessidri Swamphen: hi pema!
    Kessidri Swamphen: hi vishnu
    Pema Pera: Kess, have you done the chocolate?
    Kessidri Swamphen: nice to see you all
    Kessidri Swamphen: im totally unprepared lol
    Pema Pera: Isen!
    Isen Enzo: New kinhin…
    Pema Pera: チョコレイト・ディスコ ♪
    Kessidri Swamphen: hi Isen
    Isen Enzo: for the New World Dharma..
    Isen Enzo: flying disco!!
    Pema Pera: so you see, Vishnu, room for play here!

    Either Isen or Storm just gave Kess the chocolate disco animation, or she still had that in her inventory from a previous visit. In any case, she soon joined in:

    Kessidri Swamphen: チョコレイト・ディスコ ♪
    Isen Enzo: Everybody’s doing it!
    Kessidri Swamphen: ooooh
    Isen Enzo: woo hoo…
    Vishnu Duranjaya: all right, third time is the charm. this time, I am really leaving you to disco zen
    Vishnu Duranjaya: bye
    Isen Enzo: Nice to meet you V.
    Vishnu Duranjaya: bye I
    Pema Pera: bye Vishnu!
    Isen Enzo: Bye.
    Storm Nordwind: How is it that when Isen arrives, anarchy usually follows close behind? ;)
    Isen Enzo: ?
    Kessidri Swamphen: lol
    Isen Enzo: !
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: bespectacled anarchy

    Isen switched the topic to his work on his monk’s robe.

    Isen Enzo: I’ve been working on my kesa…
    Pema Pera: yes
    Isen Enzo: sewing practice..
    Storm Nordwind: How’s it going Isen?
    Storm Nordwind: Been told to unpick any?
    Isen Enzo: “sutra” means thread.
    Pema Pera: please sit down Kess and make yourself comfortable!
    Isen Enzo: like “suture”..
    Kessidri Swamphen: thankyou so mcuh
    Isen Enzo: joins and connects …
    Isen Enzo: very interesting…
    Isen Enzo: no unpicking yet..
    Isen Enzo: but living in a remote area…
    Isen Enzo: with no teacher here…
    Storm Nordwind: five panels if I remember rightly?
    Isen Enzo: yes- 5
    Isen Enzo: a “working” kesa…
    Isen Enzo: the first of three..
    Isen Enzo: anyhow- have to use digital camera..
    Isen Enzo: and send progress photos..
    Isen Enzo: for inspection..
    Isen Enzo: digital dharma..
    Kessidri Swamphen: lol
    Storm Nordwind chuckles

    Isen really got going about his clothes.

    Isen Enzo: also interesting to see how the anthropometric sizing works…
    Isen Enzo: kind of a “cubit” thing..
    Isen Enzo: turns out the panel sewing takes anthropometric thread lenght as well…
    Isen Enzo: and, boy!
    Isen Enzo: it takes a lot of attention!!
    Isen Enzo: I think its really a form of initation..
    Isen Enzo: initation hazing!!
    Isen Enzo: lol
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    Kessidri Swamphen: frowns - doesnt understand
    Isen Enzo: kess,
    Storm Nordwind: And when this kesa is complete, assuming you finish it without having to unpick everything, how long is expected to last? Will you ever have to make another 5 panel one?
    Isen Enzo: a kesa is the “over-the-shoulder” robe…
    Kessidri Swamphen: is that initiation? or initation?
    Isen Enzo: initiation..
    Kessidri Swamphen: aaaah
    Kessidri Swamphen: so sorry carry on
    Pema Pera: intonation into zen life?
    Isen Enzo: It’s becoming more and more interesting..
    Isen Enzo: if you look at the whole (hole) “costume”..
    Isen Enzo: nearest is western underclothing…
    Kessidri Swamphen: i see
    Isen Enzo: then a grey robe…
    Isen Enzo: which is Korean or japanese..
    Isen Enzo: garment..
    Isen Enzo: over that you have a black “practice” robe..
    Isen Enzo: a “koromo”..
    Isen Enzo: which is Chinese…
    Kessidri Swamphen: nods
    Isen Enzo: then, finally…
    Isen Enzo: the over the shoulder robe…
    Isen Enzo: “kesa”..
    Isen Enzo: which comes from India…

    Isen went on to explain the history layering of influences.

    Kessidri Swamphen: and this would be very individual? unique?
    Isen Enzo: no
    Isen Enzo: very standard..
    Isen Enzo: fore each school….
    Kessidri Swamphen: aaah
    Storm Nordwind: Same for male and female?
    Isen Enzo: a sort of uniform…
    Isen Enzo: I think they are gender samesame..
    Isen Enzo: at least in Soto Zen…
    Isen Enzo: but isn’t that interesting?
    Kessidri Swamphen: it is
    Isen Enzo: kind of like geologic layering…
    Kessidri Swamphen: mmmm
    Storm Nordwind: layers of different cultures
    Kessidri Swamphen: indeed i had no idea
    Isen Enzo: following the path of Buddhism from india to alaska…
    Isen Enzo: lol
    Storm Nordwind: like different feathers on a bird
    Isen Enzo: long johns here are the first layer..
    Isen Enzo: or long janes..
    Isen Enzo: yup
    Isen Enzo: I’m becoming a master baster!!
    Isen Enzo: lol
    Kessidri Swamphen: lol
    Storm Nordwind laughs
    Pema Pera: hehehe
    Pema Pera: a bespectacled mb
    Isen Enzo: lol
    Isen Enzo: scholarly appearing…
    Isen Enzo: It’s a little like getting into a costume and character….
    Isen Enzo: or wearing occupational clothing..
    Isen Enzo: carharts for working…
    Isen Enzo: extratuffs for fishing…
    Isen Enzo: practice robe for practicing..
    Isen Enzo: looks cool, too…
    Kessidri Swamphen: lol
    Isen Enzo: that’s important..
    Storm Nordwind grins
    Isen Enzo: /o/
    Isen Enzo: lol
    Isen Enzo: gotta be true to your school…

    We were all enamored with Isen’s robe stories.

    Storm Nordwind: Go into business as the holy haberdasher
    Isen Enzo: show the colors..
    Isen Enzo: I like it…
    Kessidri Swamphen: yes always show your true colours
    Isen Enzo: but, saddly, we gotta sew our own in our pracice..
    Pema Pera: nice about SL you can go so much further . . . becoming bizarre not only in clothes but in whole avatar appearance . . . .
    Isen Enzo: rats!
    Isen Enzo: mmm
    Isen Enzo: Diversity training..
    Isen Enzo: rampant in SL!
    Kessidri Swamphen: you have to go?
    Isen Enzo: eventually, I guess…
    Pema Pera: haha
    Isen Enzo: I’ll have to go..
    Kessidri Swamphen: lol ok you said rats lol sorry
    Pema Pera: that was quick
    Pema Pera: a quick eventuality
    Isen Enzo: brb
    Pema Pera: rats?
    Storm Nordwind: How come Isen, you have so much contiguous time without serving lattes?
    Isen Enzo: brb
    Pema Pera: another British expression?
    Kessidri Swamphen: no Isen said it lol
    Kessidri Swamphen: its american i think…to say rats in frustration
    Storm Nordwind: It is. Remember Peanuts
    Pema Pera still trying to link rats and leaving . . ..
    Isen Enzo: Charles Shultz karma….
    Pema Pera puzzled
    Kessidri Swamphen: hehe
    Isen Enzo: It’s true- comic karma…
    Pema Pera: leaving a sinking ship . . ..
    Kessidri Swamphen: well pema i understood Isen to say rats he had diversity training
    Kessidri Swamphen: lol
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Kessidri Swamphen: but anyway ill just listen lol
    Pema Pera: got it
    Pema Pera: just slow

    Yes, I was slow and I finally saw the other obvious way that Isen’s statement could have been interpreted. Never a dull moment while text chatting.

    Isen Enzo: I use Robert Crumb comix to illustrate some of our sunday sangha readings…
    Pema Pera: so Isen did you have your diversity training, in 9 seconds?
    Isen Enzo: They like the comics…
    Pema Pera: you were gone for about 9 seconds
    Isen Enzo: It’s alla time in SL…
    Pema Pera: you’re getting the hang of it!
    Pema Pera: a natural
    Kessidri Swamphen: i love Charlie Brown lol
    Pema Pera: me too
    Isen Enzo: Had to orient someone to our internet cafe..
    Pema Pera: you’re running an internet cafe?
    Kessidri Swamphen: wow
    Storm Nordwind: He runs everything there!
    Isen Enzo: and IMing too!!
    Storm Nordwind: and selling books and making coffees
    Isen Enzo: I used to be Mayor!!
    Kessidri Swamphen: thats very 3rd life isnt it Pema? :-p

    Kessidri was refering to the way she and I met, both as alts, in a virtual way once removed from our usual 2nd life selves.

    Pema Pera: wow!!
    Storm Nordwind: I know. I saw the stuff on the web!
    Isen Enzo: MISTER Mayor…
    Pema Pera: where?
    Isen Enzo: /o/
    Isen Enzo: lol
    Pema Pera: where on the web?
    Isen Enzo: Yessiree…
    Storm Nordwind: Well I know where, but it’s not for me to say :)
    Isen Enzo: It’s all true…
    Storm Nordwind: It is true
    Isen Enzo: regrettably true…
    Storm Nordwind: The bookshop is kind of famous
    Storm Nordwind: and so is Mr. Isen sir
    Isen Enzo: In famous..

    At that moment a sixth visitor dropped by, Moon Fargis.

    Storm Nordwind: Hi Moon
    Pema Pera: Hi Moon!
    Kessidri Swamphen: hi moon!
    Storm Nordwind: haha!
    Moon Fargis: woah
    Isen Enzo: The first Green Party mayor in the US…
    Moon Fargis: hello everyone
    Pema Pera: come join us Moon!
    Isen Enzo: What a miserable incarnation THAT was!!!
    Isen Enzo: geez…
    Pema Pera: wowow!
    Isen Enzo: (how come we swear in christian?)
    Pema Pera: world of warcraft is christian?
    Storm Nordwind: It’s amazing how Isen has everything “orca-strated” ;)
    Kessidri Swamphen: he means geez pema lol
    Isen Enzo: “geez” is christian oath..
    Kessidri Swamphen: but you say gee so why not put a z on the end lol
    Isen Enzo: dharmit!
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Kessidri Swamphen: lol
    Moon Fargis: gosh
    Moon Fargis: :)
    Kessidri Swamphen: haha
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: yes
    Isen Enzo: yo mamas wheel gone flat!

    It turned out that Moon was an old friend of Storm and Isen, something I didn’t know.

    Pema Pera: Welcome here, Moon, have you been here before?
    Moon Fargis: thano, no
    Moon Fargis: thanks
    Isen Enzo: Moon taught us to dance!
    Moon Fargis: seems verry suitable for a tea ceremonia
    Pema Pera: yes, indeed, so Moon and Isen you have met before?
    Storm Nordwind: Yes we three know each other
    Moon Fargis: yes
    Pema Pera: ah, Moon, I am the newcomer then
    Pema Pera: have been here since last month

    Since all three of them were completely bold, in monk style, Isen commented:

    Isen Enzo: we go to the same hairdresser…
    Moon Fargis: hehe
    Kessidri Swamphen: lol
    Pema Pera: hehehe
    Storm Nordwind: buddhabaldies
    Kessidri Swamphen: lol
    Moon Fargis: from where do you come new?
    Pema Pera: I’ve landed here on Dakini’s invitation
    Isen Enzo: I’m not bald- I shave my head….
    Pema Pera: growing roots now
    Moon Fargis: yes isen everyone says that n your age :)

    I saw in Moon’s profile that German was one of his languages.

    Pema Pera: Moon, if you have some minutes at some point, I would appreciate it if you could have a look at the German translation on my blog: http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/summary/einfuehrung/
    Pema Pera: just added that
    Moon Fargis: ok onem om
    Pema Pera: planning to add more languages
    Storm Nordwind: How about Scots? ;)
    Moon Fargis: what did you use for translation?
    Pema Pera: friends ;>)
    Pema Pera: what are friends for ?
    Pema Pera: two Germans and a Swiss
    Storm Nordwind: I’ll let you know when I find one!
    Moon Fargis: oh its much to read for me t this late time :9 but it sounds intresting
    Pema Pera: no rush!
    Pema Pera: you can let me know later
    Pema Pera: whenever convenient
    Moon Fargis: but atm i didnd found errors
    Pema Pera: it was fun to discuss with them how to translate terms like
    Pema Pera: Play as Being
    Pema Pera: and “reality:
    Pema Pera: Wirklichkeit oder Realitaet
    Pema Pera: Being:
    Pema Pera: Sein oder Wesen

    Moon then asked me about beings.

    Moon Fargis: arent we all here play as beings in sl ?
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: you could say so ;>)
    Pema Pera: but here we are also playing as Being
    Pema Pera: not beings
    Isen Enzo: beans.
    Moon Fargis: hmm whet do you think does something like a being really exist?
    Pema Pera: no
    Pema Pera: that was an easy question ;>)
    Moon Fargis: ok hehe if you say so.. then i may ask you a question what i where asked lateley, where does everything come from
    Pema Pera: nothing comes
    Pema Pera: there is no from
    Storm Nordwind: Very Big Bang
    Moon Fargis: one moment ill cut and aste the exactly question

    Right then Martie appeared. I had not met her before, but she, too knew at least some of the others.

    Pema Pera: Hi Martie!
    Kessidri Swamphen: hi martie
    Martie Georgia: hi
    Pema Pera: welcome here
    Moon Fargis: what is the Buddhist cosmology of creation or why it all is as it is (as in the existense of the sense of things being this way)?
    Isen Enzo: Hi Martie - there is one cushion left..
    Moon Fargis: thats was the exactly question some days ago

    While Martie was rezzing, she landed on top of Moon, but quickly moved over to an open cushion.

    Moon Fargis: woow
    Moon Fargis: hi martie
    Martie Georgia: so sorry
    Kessidri Swamphen: there are 2 seats next to me martie lol
    Kessidri Swamphen: were lol
    Storm Nordwind: Please take mine - it’s warm now!
    Kessidri Swamphen: lol
    Pema Pera: it isn’t Moon
    Pema Pera: Martie, we’re talking about where things come from ;>)
    Isen Enzo: uh oh….
    Kessidri Swamphen: …if indeed they do…
    Pema Pera: we were silly for a while but suddenly started asking Big Questions (^_^)
    Pema Pera: Moon asked why it all is as it is
    Moon Fargis: hehe i got manyogs with many big questio from my meditation talks so we can chat some hours here hehe
    Pema Pera: and I said: it isn’t
    Moon Fargis: oww this keyboard
    Pema Pera: manyogs, yummy!
    Pema Pera: love manyogs
    Moon Fargis: many logs
    Moon Fargis: i press the key and nothing happens
    Pema Pera: quite a meditation!
    Moon Fargis: or maybe i write too fast :)
    Storm Nordwind: karmic keyboard
    Isen Enzo: The metaphysics has turned your typing to mush!!
    Isen Enzo: mushaphysice
    Moon Fargis: damn physics
    Martie Georgia: pretty much turns everything to mush
    Isen Enzo: Mush-aphysics

    Moon made another attempt to get back to our conversation :-)

    Moon Fargis: ok so what did you answered again pema?
    Isen Enzo: Hard to get to the bottom of it…
    Isen Enzo: lol
    Isen Enzo: yes..
    Storm Nordwind: astromushics
    Isen Enzo: lol
    Pema Pera: music of the spheres
    Storm Nordwind: mushic!
    Isen Enzo: mushazk
    Pema Pera: you asked why it all is as it is
    Pema Pera: and I said: it isn’t
    Isen Enzo: what it is all about…
    Moon Fargis: no well i mean the real question
    Moon Fargis: what is the Buddhist cosmology of creation or why it all is as it is (as in the existense of the sense of things being this way)?
    Pema Pera: I am blood serious Moon

    I was. Things don’t exist, I think, but only appear to do so. This may be what Moon was getting at, but with all the coming and going we didn’t have a chance to really comparse notes, so to speak.

    Isen Enzo: I gotta go now..
    Storm Nordwind: But we decided to agree that it is simply by convention
    Pema Pera: bye Isen
    Pema Pera: thanks for stepping by!
    Storm Nordwind: bye Isen
    Kessidri Swamphen: bye Isen
    Moon Fargis: bye isen
    Isen Enzo: Its been a pleasure..
    Storm Nordwind: Thanks for the kesa report!
    Isen Enzo: Sure..
    Pema Pera: good luck stitching it all together!
    Martie Georgia: me too. I am not much on how to enlighten each blade of grass questions.
    Isen Enzo: I’m getting quite a lot of photos..
    Isen Enzo: anyhow- so long all…
    Storm Nordwind: Namaste

    Isen left, and we continued.

    Pema Pera: what do you give talks about, Moon?
    Moon Fargis: nono i just talk about trees and leafs :)
    Moon Fargis: about everything about buddhism
    Moon Fargis: more ore less some kind of newbie talk
    Moon Fargis: no dharma talk
    Moon Fargis: exept such question comes up
    Moon Fargis: its my goal to tell people who are intrested in buddhism give them advice and information
    Moon Fargis: also if they got problems in their life
    Pema Pera: that’s great Moon
    Pema Pera: when and where do you do that?
    Moon Fargis: 1PM, SLT every Sunday
    Moon Fargis: on Itsari
    Pema Pera: do you have an lm?
    Pema Pera: or better slurl?
    Moon Fargis: you will receive a note:9
    Pema Pera: okay, thanks!
    Moon Fargis: there are also 2 other temple facilitators
    Pema Pera: readers of my blog may want to see it
    Pema Pera: should they just IM you?
    Moon Fargis: oe do a meditation and talk wednesday and one saturday
    Kessidri Swamphen: moon…i would be interested in the note :-)
    Moon Fargis: you mean the log about the question? sure
    Pema Pera: ?
    Moon Fargis: i also try to eplain everything in simple words with also comparisons
    Pema Pera: great!
    Pema Pera: hahaha, that is nice!
    Pema Pera: the notecard you just gave me
    Moon Fargis: mostl i save the intresting logs.. death and rebirth..death and karma…
    Pema Pera: did you give it to Kess too?
    Moon Fargis: jup
    Pema Pera: Why it all is as it is
    Pema Pera: See, I would say: why it all isn’t as it seems to be
    Pema Pera: but the opposite of a great truth is a great truth . . .
    Moon Fargis: wel why all at all ?
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: indeed

    I kept asking about the logs of some of his conversations, which seemed very interesting.

    Pema Pera: where/how do you keep those log notecards?
    Pema Pera: are they available?
    Moon Fargis: i just create a new notecard and paste the whole chatlog in it
    Pema Pera: and hand it out to individuals?
    Pema Pera: or is there a repository?
    Kessidri Swamphen: oh there is no landmark moon
    Moon Fargis: yes for those who didnt had time to come
    Pema Pera: how can I find the repository?
    Moon Fargis: ah yes the landmark one moment i give you one from my home i live there:9
    Kessidri Swamphen: ok
    Pema Pera: thanks, Moon!
    Moon Fargis: np you may pass by and feed the kois :)
    Kessidri Swamphen: yes, thankyou so much, moon
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Pema Pera: so you have carps in a pond?
    Moon Fargis: ye you will find them in a small japanese garden
    Pema Pera: or cats =^+^=
    Moon Fargis: with carps aso
    Moon Fargis: no cats so far
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    Pema Pera: dangerous for the koi
    Moon Fargis: they get drown
    Pema Pera: so the repository, where can I find older conversation snippets, if I may ask
    Pema Pera is persistent . . . .
    Moon Fargis: in my inventory:)
    Pema Pera wants to know about reality!
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera plans robbery
    Storm Nordwind nods “don’t we all!”
    Pema Pera gives up (for now!)
    Storm Nordwind thinks that Pema is easily discouraged

    It was getting time for me to go.

    Moon Fargis: those 3 i logged becasue i felt its important to keep what is sayd there
    Pema Pera: thanks, Moon, much appreciated!
    Pema Pera: Well, I’m afraid I have to take leave now
    Pema Pera: got my booty after all
    Moon Fargis: well you will have to read alot now with those.. especially the death and rebirth log is laarge
    Pema Pera smiles
    Kessidri Swamphen: bye pema spk soon
    Pema Pera: bye Kess, thanks for coming over to this strange place . . ..
    Moon Fargis: bye i also have to go
    Pema Pera: never a dull moment here, I hope!
    Moon Fargis: see you later my friends
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Bunan!
    Kessidri Swamphen: oh bye moon thanks for the information
    Pema Pera: good meeting you here Moon!
    Pema Pera: hi Bunan!
    Pema Pera: come join us!
    Bunan Bosatsu: Hello!
    Moon Fargis: yes i hope we can talk again
    Kessidri Swamphen: i have to go … bye storm nice seeing you again
    Pema Pera: oh sure
    Storm Nordwind: Another flying monk
    Pema Pera: I am here three times a day, Moon
    Storm Nordwind: Bye Kess
    Pema Pera: 7 am 1 am 7 pm
    Storm Nordwind: Namaste
    Moon Fargis: ok :)
    Pema Pera: Good seeing you too, Storm

    At that moment I heard the voice of Bunan, but couldn’t see him.

    Bunan Bosatsu: I’m just monk-eying around!
    Pema Pera: Bunan?
    Storm Nordwind: I too have to go
    Pema Pera: sorry you missed the party, Bunan!
    Pema Pera: we were having fun
    Pema Pera: bye storm!
    Pema Pera: quite a crowd today
    Bunan Bosatsu: I just arrived …. and will most likely have to go in just a few moments… no time these days!
    Pema Pera: haha
    Storm Nordwind: A monk in the rafters!
    Bunan Bosatsu: Yes!!
    Bunan Bosatsu: HA!
    Storm Nordwind: eaves dropping
    Bunan Bosatsu: SPLUNGE!
    Bunan Bosatsu: EXACTLY!
    Pema Pera: wondering where you were, Bunan!

    It turned out that Bunan had hid himself in the attic of the tea house.

    Storm Nordwind: haha!
    Pema Pera: ssssssplunge
    Bunan Bosatsu: I have been EAVESdropping
    Bunan Bosatsu: What news?
    Pema Pera: what eaves
    Storm Nordwind: You sound like Thor talking to Loki!
    Bunan Bosatsu: The eaves of the roof!
    Pema Pera: yes, got it!
    Bunan Bosatsu: :-)
    Pema Pera: well, take care and see you both soon again!
    Storm Nordwind: Your camera work was flatlandish Pema
    Bunan Bosatsu: Be well Pema!
    Bunan Bosatsu: I feel as though I haven’t been around in months!

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