2008.05.19 01:00 - Two Lions

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    The Guardian for this session was Pema, the comments are his.

    That morning at 1 am, Dharma visited me with her friend Terrence, both appearing as formidable lions. First Dharma appeared.

    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: how nice!
    Pema Pera: wow
    Dharma Voyager: hello
    Pema Pera: would be scared if I didn’t know you!
    Dharma Voyager: smiles
    Dharma Voyager: this is my other self
    Pema Pera: good cat!!
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Dharma Voyager: hehe
    Dharma Voyager: meow
    Pema Pera: I’m sure you have more
    Pema Pera: than two
    Dharma Voyager: only for play… there are really two me’s here
    Dharma Voyager: my fairy is really my other
    Dharma Voyager: I have a couple more I throw on for fun
    Dharma Voyager: but most my friend know me as one of the two

    Then Terrence joined her.

    Pema Pera: ah, family!
    Dharma Voyager: this is my friend terrence
    Pema Pera: Hi Terrence!
    Dharma Voyager: he is a new born lion today
    Terrence Zhangsun: hi
    Pema Pera: wow, a fresh lion!
    Pema Pera: Hopefully not too fresh!
    Dharma Voyager: I thought perhaps you might appreciate the difference with the topic of your blog
    Pema Pera: oh sure
    Dharma Voyager: Pema… Terry… Terry Pema
    Pema Pera: I like anything playful
    Pema Pera: and you both sure look playful!
    Terrence Zhangsun: nice to meet you, Pema
    Dharma Voyager: this is a very nice place
    Pema Pera: Same here Terrence!
    Pema Pera: Has Dharma told you about our Playing as Being game?
    Dharma Voyager: I was trying to teach terrance to stalk
    Dharma Voyager: smiles
    Terrence Zhangsun: no
    Dharma Voyager: actually I don’t know the game
    Dharma Voyager: smiles
    Dharma Voyager: perhaps you can explain it

    I did a quick run through the essentials of PaB.

    Pema Pera: well . . . on http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/ I keep a blog
    Pema Pera: and it has info on there, but I’m happy to explain from scratch
    Pema Pera: more fun that way
    Pema Pera: so the basic idea is that in RL
    Pema Pera: we do microscopid meditations
    Pema Pera: 9 seconds at a time
    Pema Pera: every 15 minutes
    Pema Pera: (only 1 % of the time)
    Pema Pera: for a few hours a day
    Pema Pera: and then in SL here
    Pema Pera: we talk about what happens
    Pema Pera: the idea being that you shoot holes in your cover of reality
    Pema Pera: many times a day
    Pema Pera: and see what shines through
    Pema Pera: hehe Dharma
    Dharma Voyager: 9 seconds of meditation?
    Terrence Zhangsun: sounds interesting
    Pema Pera: you both look lovely
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: ha
    Pema Pera: lots of lag
    Pema Pera: I type many sentences which are then lost
    Pema Pera: oh well, try again
    Dharma Voyager: actually this is one of the least laggy places i think we have been in the last hour
    Pema Pera: SL is going down hill fast it seems
    Terrence Zhangsun: been a few bad ones
    Pema Pera: wonder where it will wind up this way!
    Pema Pera: anyway
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: a type of meditation
    Pema Pera: you could also say: stopping
    Pema Pera: stopping dead in your tracks

    The two lions seemed to feel more and more at home in the grassy field next to the tea house.

    Dharma Voyager: *purrs*
    Pema Pera: ooohhhh
    Terrence Zhangsun: /purrs
    Pema Pera: I wish I had scratch-the-lion-gently gestures!
    Dharma Voyager: very gently
    Dharma Voyager: hehheheheh
    Pema Pera: they must be available somewhere
    Pema Pera: if not gingerly
    Dharma Voyager: yes
    Pema Pera: hehe
    Dharma Voyager: I need to find one
    Dharma Voyager: too
    Dharma Voyager: please explain more the 9 seconds
    Pema Pera: ideally meditation is not meant to reach something
    Dharma Voyager: I have never even considered
    Pema Pera: but rather to express what is already there
    Pema Pera: and that you can do in an instant
    Pema Pera: let alone 9 seconds
    Pema Pera: frequency may be more important than duration
    Pema Pera: Each day we are indoctrinated by our surroundings
    Pema Pera: telling us we are very limited, needy, we need this and that
    Pema Pera: so I suggest an antidot
    Pema Pera: 1% of the time we tell ourselves that we do not need anything
    Pema Pera: Being is already here
    Pema Pera: we are IT
    Pema Pera: It plays us
    Pema Pera: and we return the compliment by playing IT
    Pema Pera: Play as Being
    Pema Pera: (or suchness, emptiness, whatever Universal word you prefer for All)
    Dharma Voyager: Namaste
    Pema Pera: Namaste
    Pema Pera: what is really surprising
    Dharma Voyager: smiles
    Pema Pera: is that many people here have tried it
    Pema Pera: and have told how surprised they were
    Pema Pera: at how effective such a short meditation can be
    Pema Pera: no expectations
    Pema Pera: that’s key!
    Pema Pera: nothing to lose
    Pema Pera: except 9 seconds ;>)
    Pema Pera: anyway
    Pema Pera: that’s what I’ve been up to, with a lot of friends here
    Pema Pera: and most of the time we just chat about anything at all
    Pema Pera: 3/4 of the time
    Pema Pera: (^_^)

    I felt I had talked enough, and asked hem in turn.

    Pema Pera: what have you both been up to?
    Pema Pera: like that lying pose!
    Dharma Voyager: tell him terry what we have been up to
    Pema Pera: very natural
    Dharma Voyager: thank you
    Dharma Voyager: *purrs*
    Terrence Zhangsun: Dharma has been showing me how to be a lion
    Pema Pera: nice purr!
    Dharma Voyager: ty
    Dharma Voyager: *purrs*
    Terrence Zhangsun: *purrs*
    Pema Pera: hehe, sounds like a biiiiig cat
    Dharma Voyager: teegee
    Dharma Voyager: tee hee
    Pema Pera: hehehehe
    Pema Pera: is it dangerous to scratch a lion’s belly?
    Pema Pera: I guess so
    Dharma Voyager: depends on how the lion is feeling
    Dharma Voyager: hehehhehe
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: Terrence feels like growling I take it
    Pema Pera: nice teeth!
    Terrence Zhangsun: i like the sound
    Pema Pera: yes, me too
    Dharma Voyager: does it feel different terrence?
    Pema Pera: quite rich!
    Terrence Zhangsun: actually, it does
    Terrence Zhangsun: but in a good way
    Dharma Voyager: how so?
    Dharma Voyager: smiles
    Terrence Zhangsun: being a lion broadens my horizons

    We talked about different types of avatars.

    Dharma Voyager: these av’s don’t have the same “expierience” factor as do furries… but some how I enjoy this more
    Pema Pera: I’ve not much experience with furries
    Pema Pera: still have a lot to learn about SL!
    Terrence Zhangsun: its more of a complete change to animal
    Dharma Voyager: I had dressed a furry … for a short amount of time.. .I was actually and I didn’t realize it till afterward
    Pema Pera: I’d love to be something like a Kachina doll, for example
    Dharma Voyager: grieving my dying cat
    Pema Pera: ah
    Pema Pera: that makes sense
    Dharma Voyager: unfortunately … me dressed as a furry weirded out my friends
    Dharma Voyager: yes she was 17 years old
    Pema Pera: really?
    Dharma Voyager: yes
    Pema Pera: that’s pretty old for a cat!
    Dharma Voyager: she seemed to get smarter every year
    Dharma Voyager: she was a good old soul
    Pema Pera: why did it weird them out?
    Pema Pera: yeah, cats grow on you
    Pema Pera: I know
    Pema Pera: had several of them
    Pema Pera: now traveling too much to keep cats . . . . .
    Dharma Voyager: it is common for furry av’s to make people uncomfortable
    Pema Pera: really????
    Dharma Voyager: oh yes
    Pema Pera: I had no idea
    Pema Pera: too close to human?
    Pema Pera: the uncanny valley?
    Terrence Zhangsun: don’t know why, but it does
    Pema Pera: I’ve met a few furries, and I quite liked them

    Dharma told us more about people’s reactions to non-human avatars.

    Dharma Voyager: there are probably two main reasons… steriotyped stigma and most people in SL try to emulate RL and sometimes don’t understand people who don’t care to
    Dharma Voyager: smiles
    Pema Pera: what is the stereotype?
    Dharma Voyager: a couple of my close friends became so uncomfortable… well they stopped talking with me
    Pema Pera: soft and fuzzy?
    Terrence Zhangsun: the whole point of SL is to get away from RL
    Pema Pera: wow!
    Pema Pera: that’s serious
    Dharma Voyager: yes and I do not believe it was a conscious decision
    Pema Pera: even more serious
    Dharma Voyager: I don’t believe it at all
    Dharma Voyager: you see furry culture is one of the oldests on theinternet
    Dharma Voyager: furrymush is one of the oldest “meta verses”
    Dharma Voyager: I remember it from way back
    Dharma Voyager: but with each culture comes its steriotypes
    Dharma Voyager: would you like to see what made people so uncomfortable?
    Pema Pera: please!
    Pema Pera: I always enjoy new experiences
    Dharma Voyager: I’m going to change so please be warned
    Pema Pera: (almost always)
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: I’m ready
    Pema Pera said nervously
    Pema Pera: oh, nice!! — like a fairy tale ! ! !

    Dharma changed into a nice looking avatar, a cat standing in a human posture, with a purple velvet-like vest.

    Dharma Voyager: I actually put some love into this av
    Pema Pera: wonderful!
    Dharma Voyager: nice kitty
    Dharma Voyager: pets terry
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Dharma Voyager: I’m not so scary am I
    Pema Pera: not at all
    Dharma Voyager: but the reaction from this av to my ;lion is like applesand cockroaches
    Terrence Zhangsun: my wolf isn’t as detailed
    Dharma Voyager: laughs
    Pema gives Dharma a big hug.
    Dharma Voyager: ty
    Pema Pera: yw
    Pema Pera: now I have to make up fairy tales
    Pema Pera: to fit with your avatar
    Dharma Voyager: every once and a while I get the urge to ride my hoverboard
    Dharma Voyager: and I will go riding with my kitty on
    Dharma Voyager: oh yes
    Dharma Voyager: watch
    Pema Pera: k
    Dharma Voyager: this was another reason
    Dharma Voyager: hahahah

    Dharma the cat started to play a violin, now really looking fairy tale like. And while playing with one hand, the other hand would keep typing.

    Dharma Voyager: have I shown you the violin I made?
    Pema Pera: ooooowwwww
    Pema Pera: how sweet
    Pema Pera: and fun
    Pema Pera: typing while playing
    Pema Pera: you really look like a character out of a German fairy tale
    Pema Pera: like Grimms
    Dharma Voyager: nods
    Dharma Voyager: cat and the fiddle
    Dharma Voyager: smiles
    Pema Pera: still have no idea why people may think this scary
    Pema Pera: or weird
    Dharma Voyager: people get uncomfortable
    Dharma Voyager: based on the story lines in their head
    Dharma Voyager: you should know that
    Dharma Voyager: they based it on that and not what they new of me
    Dharma Voyager: sadly to say
    Dharma Voyager: smiles
    Pema Pera: actually it is a combination of Turkish/Persian and German fairy tale, I think, your outfit
    Dharma Voyager: smiles
    Pema Pera: might be an interesting fairy tale
    Terrence Zhangsun: *purrs*
    Dharma Voyager: nice kitty
    Dharma Voyager: (tugs on terry’s mane)
    Pema Pera: something in a large forest but still lots of sunshine
    Terrence Zhangsun: *purrs*
    Pema Pera: ivory buildings in the distance
    Dharma Voyager: good boy
    Dharma Voyager: giggles
    Pema Pera: I hope Terrence stays good

    Soon thereafter it was time for me to say goodbye.

    Pema Pera: ah!
    Dharma Voyager: yes
    Pema Pera: I have to get out for dinner
    Pema Pera: about that time
    Dharma Voyager: good boy
    Pema Pera: here in Tokyo
    Pema Pera: and I’m glad I haven’t been dinner for Terrence ;>)
    Pema Pera: (so far)
    Dharma Voyager: hahha
    Dharma Voyager: I don’t know if he has eaten?
    Terrence Zhangsun: i’m full rightnow:)
    Pema Pera: hmmmm
    Pema Pera: well nice having met you
    Pema Pera: hehehe
    Dharma Voyager: ohoh terry you have to click the green button on your hud
    Pema Pera makes a sigh of relief
    Terrence Zhangsun: good to meet you to
    Dharma Voyager: thanks for fun pema
    Dharma Voyager: gosh it is late
    Dharma Voyager: nice kitty
    Pema Pera: nice seeing yo both here
    Pema Pera: thanks for coming over!
    Dharma Voyager: yes was fun
    Pema Pera: and bfn
    Terrence Zhangsun: i had fun too

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    Originally written on 19:08, 13 Oct 2008
    Dharma V. // 2008, May 21, Wednesday at 11:24 pm

    Smiles??? I will have to show this article to Terrance??? We are going to have to get you a lion AV Pema :) We could get all the lions playing as you do???


    Posted 01:28, 9 Apr 2010
    Originally written on 19:09, 13 Oct 2008
    Pema // 2008, May 22, Thursday at 9:27 pm

    Smiles too??? indeed, no limit to how we can play, Dharma!
    Posted 01:28, 9 Apr 2010
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