2008.05.05 07:00 - Common roots

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    The guardian at this meeting was Pema Pera and the comments are his.


    For me it was very late in the evening in Japan by the time it was morning in SL time.

    Dakini Rhode: Hey!
    Dakini Rhode: konnichiwa (I may have murdered that)
    Pema Pera: hi there!
    Pema Pera: greetings from Kyoto!
    Dakini Rhode: hi! how lovely!
    Dakini Rhode: when did you arrive?
    Pema Pera: not long ago
    Pema Pera: via Tokyo
    Pema Pera: long story
    Pema Pera: plans changed
    Pema Pera: I’m really tired now
    Pema Pera: but very very happy
    Dakini Rhode: oh my, i’ll bet you are!
    Pema Pera: what a morning
    Dakini Rhode: i mean tired
    Pema Pera: all the above
    Pema Pera: anything happening while I was in the air?
    Dakini Rhode: you’re way ahead of me now
    Pema Pera: I will be once I get a few hours of sleep ;>)
    Dakini Rhode: other than I was grumpy in last nites PaB?
    Pema Pera: grumpy????
    Pema Pera: how? why?
    Dakini Rhode: lol you shall see when you read the transcript :-)
    Pema Pera: ah, the one where Thor and Types where the greeters, and which Thor sent me?
    Dakini Rhode: Thor was great :-)
    Pema Pera: which I haven’t read yet?
    Dakini Rhode: oh, did Thor send it?
    Pema Pera: just arrived here
    Pema Pera: sent something
    Dakini Rhode: cool
    Pema Pera: I had a five hour train ride after my 14 hour plane flight
    Pema Pera: I’m not really here (nor there)
    Pema Pera: I may be falling asleep while typing
    Pema Pera: not afk
    Dakini Rhode: oh dear, train lag on top of jet lag on top of no sleep
    Pema Pera: but aok
    Pema Pera: (asleep on keyboard)
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: but talking with you helps to keep me just a weeee bit longer awake

    Later, when I read it, I understood what Dakini was refering to. She had been focusing on practice in the middle of an otherwise more theoretical discussion. It will be a challenge for all of us, to keep that balance: we need both ideas to guide us as well as practice to help us then drop the ideas. And we will always feel in keeping the balance. I know it all too wel myself, seeing myself emphasizing ideas too much one day and too little the other. That’s why a community is so important, it gives us an opportunity to correct ourselves and each other.

    Dakini Rhode: i won’t keep you - i need to leave anyway
    Pema Pera: well I have a commitment to be here for 30 minutes
    Pema Pera: self imposed
    Pema Pera: but no less a commitment
    Dakini Rhode: yes i understand
    Pema Pera: but if you’re in a hurry you should go of course!
    Pema Pera: I did write 8 blogs in the plane
    Pema Pera: catching up again
    Dakini Rhode: i’m obviously not in a hurry
    Pema Pera: aaahhhh
    Pema Pera: don’t know whether I can keep this up
    Pema Pera: but I think I can
    Pema Pera: and slowly others will take over more and more
    Pema Pera: I am sooooo encouraged by all the reactions!
    Dakini Rhode: yes i hope others do…
    Pema Pera: it was fun in the plane to read those eight sessions of the last almost three days
    Pema Pera: and relive it all
    Dakini Rhode: yes! fun!
    Pema Pera: like normally in a month of longer
    Pema Pera: boy what experience in three days
    Pema Pera: those balloon parades . . . .
    Pema Pera: etc etc
    Dakini Rhode: i was just on the balloon surveying the new land
    Pema Pera: But we now have to explain about the Guardians of the VOID
    Pema Pera: I had thought you and Storm would explain further
    Dakini Rhode: Storm programmed the new spots already
    Pema Pera: HE HAS
    Pema Pera: BLESS HIS HEART
    Dakini Rhode: yes, well all in time…
    Pema Pera: I can’t believe it
    Pema Pera: YES
    Pema Pera: all in time
    Dakini Rhode: we must use our time wisely, in some cases, means lots of juggling
    Pema Pera: beach front property . . . .
    Pema Pera: oh yes
    Pema Pera: I agree
    Pema Pera: and I am not complaining ;>)
    Pema Pera: and it may also be more fun to leave them in suspense a bit
    Pema Pera: until the blog appears ;>)
    Pema Pera: you know
    Dakini Rhode: my first allegiance is to my own practice, then the zen retreat sitting group….
    Dakini Rhode: which i set at an earlier time so I could get some REST haha
    Pema Pera: of course, priorities are essential, Dakini
    Pema Pera: you should follow them
    Dakini Rhode: haha i started the zen retreat practice so i WOULDN’T stay up all nite in SL haha
    Pema Pera: hahahahahahaha
    Pema Pera: etc.
    Pema Pera: you DO keep me awake
    Dakini Rhode: I figured, 20 minutes sitting, then bed
    Pema Pera: which is great!
    Dakini Rhode: lol

    Now that was really funny. We all know about having expectations for a project and then seeing reality setting in. Timewise, any project I’ve ever ben involved with was always way over budget, time-ways.

    Pema Pera: So actually
    Pema Pera: right now
    Pema Pera: is a historic moment:
    Pema Pera: from now on I think there will be no interruptions in an every 6 hour schedule . . . . . .
    Dakini Rhode: that IS historic!
    Pema Pera: it really makes my heart glow to think about the fact that
    Pema Pera: anyone in need of talking about reality
    Dakini Rhode: 1 more blog entry per day
    Pema Pera: does not have to wait more than 1/4 day
    Pema Pera: wherever they are . . . . .
    Pema Pera: isn’t that something
    Pema Pera: oh sure, 4 blogs/day
    Pema Pera: but the guardians will soon figure out how to write their own
    Dakini Rhode: It IS - now the rest of us need to gain some ability to talk about reality
    Dakini Rhode: :-)
    Pema Pera: and then perhaps 14 guardians or something
    Pema Pera: slowly we will be able to delegate
    Pema Pera: or otherwise there is something wrong with the whole idea if that is not possible
    Pema Pera: all in good time!
    Dakini Rhode: when you think of me, remember “Dakini need do nothing” haha

    A little later, NeitherNorist walked in.

    Pema Pera: tell me Dakini, about your earlier forest plans!
    Pema Pera: hahahha
    Pema Pera: lol
    Dakini Rhode: ok 2 minute summary
    Dakini Rhode: you mean way back when?
    Pema Pera: yes in one session you said: remember that a long time ago I talked about forests
    Pema Pera: communities
    Pema Pera: and ANANDA
    Pema Pera: do you know
    Dakini Rhode: I have a retreat center in the woods, all my friends live nearby, and we have fascinating conversations nightly
    Dakini Rhode: that is the dream
    Dakini Rhode: Ananda was an attempt to live the dream
    Pema Pera: that I went for the first time to ananda when I was visiting Qwaq?!!
    Pema Pera: half a year ago
    Pema Pera: HI NN
    Dakini Rhode: no shit!
    Dakini Rhode: haha
    Pema Pera: small world hey?
    NeitherNorist Ohl: hey Pema
    Dakini Rhode: hello Neither!
    Pema Pera: Hi there!
    Pema Pera: Dakini
    Pema Pera: just checking
    NeitherNorist Ohl: Hi Dakini
    Pema Pera: this is Yogananda’s ofshoot, right?
    Pema Pera: the off-broadway one
    Dakini Rhode: Kriyanada started it, he was Yogananda’s disciple, but went his own way
    Pema Pera: led by the charismatic
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: Kri-san
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: I heard him give a talk
    Dakini Rhode: the organization does not think highly of him
    Pema Pera: in August
    Pema Pera: which one were you involved with?
    Dakini Rhode: really? He’s in France now, isn’t he?
    Pema Pera: his branch?
    Dakini Rhode: I was at Kriyananda’s place - Ananda
    Pema Pera: it had a good feel to it
    Dakini Rhode: I apprenticed there

    Once more I was amazed to see the many ways in which our paths had crossed before we met each other.

    Pema Pera: sorry NN
    Pema Pera: just in the middle of something
    Pema Pera: will come out soon :>)
    NeitherNorist Ohl: please
    Dakini Rhode: Kriyananda had the vision of returning to the simple life in a cooperative community
    NeitherNorist Ohl: no worry
    Pema Pera: Dakini, Yogananda was the first Hindu book that I read, autobiography of a yogi, and it moved me deeply. What Karmapa XVI was for me in Buddhism, was Yogananda for me in Hinduism . . . . .
    Dakini Rhode: those are two greats, I’ve taken a similar path in a different way
    Dakini Rhode: I started with Yogananda, Karmapa is more recent
    Pema Pera: u 2 ?!?
    Pema Pera: and half a year ago was the first time ever that I intersected in any way with any aspect of his organizations — their place is five minutes walking from Qwaq’s headquarters, isn’t that funny!
    Dakini Rhode: where is Qwaq’s headquarters?
    Pema Pera: I was 17 when I read the book, late high school
    Pema Pera: in Palo Alto, just off the Stanford campus
    Pema Pera: anyway, sorry NN, we are reminiscing here ;>)
    NeitherNorist Ohl: don’t worry
    Pema Pera: How are you?
    NeitherNorist Ohl: i can listen
    Pema Pera: anything new?
    Dakini Rhode: I need to excuse myself, need to catch a meeting
    NeitherNorist Ohl: i’m fine, thanks
    Dakini Rhode: We’ll talk later :-)
    NeitherNorist Ohl: it’s been extremely busy couple of weeks
    NeitherNorist Ohl: see you, Dakini
    Pema Pera: take care, Dakini!
    Dakini Rhode: Namaste
    Dakini Rhode: Namaste
    NeitherNorist Ohl: wow, I don’t know how to do those things yet
    Pema Pera: which things?
    NeitherNorist Ohl: like bowing
    NeitherNorist Ohl: i only know sit, stand up and walk
    Pema Pera: oh, next time ask Dakini to give you the gestures
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: you’ll learn
    NeitherNorist Ohl: very uni-dimensional
    Pema Pera: just come into SL move around hang out with others
    Pema Pera: same as learning a culture, a language
    NeitherNorist Ohl: very true, i should hang out here more
    NeitherNorist Ohl: sometimes RL just can’t leave me alone :)
    NeitherNorist Ohl: are you in NY?
    NeitherNorist Ohl: Are you in the city?
    Pema Pera: yes in the city
    Pema Pera: called Kyoto
    Pema Pera: ;>)
    Pema Pera: just arrived
    NeitherNorist Ohl: this setting is very much like Kyoto
    Pema Pera: 14 hour flight and the 5 hours by train
    Pema Pera: yes

    Indeed, the tea house where we have all our gatherings has a remarkably authentic Japanese feel to it.

    NeitherNorist Ohl: I’m heading to HK at the end of this month for a conference on Chinese philosophy, and I’ll visit my parents for several days after that
    Pema Pera: they live in HK?
    NeitherNorist Ohl: no, they are in China proper, in the southwest cit of Chengdu
    NeitherNorist Ohl: I’m very much looking forward to that
    Pema Pera: I can imagine!
    NeitherNorist Ohl: how have you been?
    Pema Pera: fine!
    Pema Pera: lots and lots of new developments
    Pema Pera: I just posted 7 new blog entries (wrote them all on the plane). If you browse there, you’ll catch up.
    Pema Pera: I’m afraid I’m about to keel over now
    Pema Pera: I really should go sleep — haven’t slept in more than 30 hours ;>)
    NeitherNorist Ohl: it’s your bed time
    Pema Pera: but great to see you hear again!
    Pema Pera: yes, it’s close to midnight
    NeitherNorist Ohl: indeed, i’ll catch up with you later
    Pema Pera: next time we can talk longer
    NeitherNorist Ohl: absolutely
    NeitherNorist Ohl: good night
    Pema Pera: I suggest you do read the blogs — lots of fascinating stuff!
    Pema Pera: Good night, NN!
    Pema Pera: see you soon!
    NeitherNorist Ohl: soon

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