2008.05.24 19:00 - The Unborn

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    The Guardian was Pema, the comments are his.

    That evening, I walked up to the tea house. Stevenaia was standing inside, while I found Vera in front of the door.

    Pema Pera: Hi Vera!
    Vera Jonson: hello
    Pema Pera: How are you?
    Pema Pera: Hi Steve!
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Pema, meeting out there tonight?
    Pema Pera: Vera, shall we sit down?
    Pema Pera: we can go inside
    Vera Jonson: have to go someplace .o.
    Pema Pera: Ah, now I can see you, Steve!
    Pema Pera: Last time you were completely transparent for me — funny that was
    stevenaia Michinaga: the window was clear
    stevenaia Michinaga: do you know if Dakini will be joining us tonight?
    Pema Pera: I never know who will come here
    Pema Pera: Hi Stim
    Stim Morane: Hi Pema and Steve
    stevenaia Michinaga: Hi Stim

    Stim joined us as well, soon followed by Rowan, and by Ecstasy

    stevenaia Michinaga: I had one of those strange moments today, that until I met her would have been meaningless
    stevenaia Michinaga: I was driving in my car this morning and I passed a car with a license plate..”Dakini”
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: how nice
    Pema Pera: Hi Rowan, welcome!
    Rowan Masala: Hi Pema
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Rowan
    Rowan Masala: thanks :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: this is my friend Pema
    Pema Pera: sit down and join us, Rowan!
    Rowan Masala: Hi Pema, hi Stim
    stevenaia Michinaga: I’m waiting for the pillows to rezzz
    stevenaia Michinaga: as usual
    Pema Pera: Hi Ecstasy!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape smiles “howdy!”
    Rowan Masala: Hi Ecstasy :)
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: Hi Rowan, welcome
    Stim Morane: Hi Rowan
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Ecstasy
    Stim Morane: Hi Ecstasy
    Ecstasy Dreamscape nods hello to all
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: Hi Stim good to see you

    Rowan was here for the first time, so I gave a quick run of the PaB explorations.

    Pema Pera: Rowan, has Steve told you about our playful meetings?
    Rowan Masala: a bit–but tell me more
    stevenaia Michinaga: you are always complete pema
    Rowan Masala: and tell me about the circle symbol on the wallhanging
    Pema Pera: I do not know much about the details of this tea house
    Pema Pera: Dakini made it
    Pema Pera: but a circle can be a symbol of emptiness
    Pema Pera: which at the same time is fullness
    Pema Pera: completeness
    Pema Pera: openness
    Pema Pera: (^_^)
    Rowan Masala smiles
    Pema Pera: what we do here is rather simple
    Pema Pera: in RL we spend 9 seconds at a time doing miniature mediations, a few times an hour, for a couple hours or so
    Pema Pera: and then we talk about what happened here in SL
    Pema Pera: and we have a few opportunities every day
    Pema Pera: so on the one hand it is all very short and minimal, duration wise
    Pema Pera: but very intense, frequency wise
    Rowan Masala nods
    Pema Pera: The nicest thing, I think, is that you can always find people here to talk with
    Pema Pera: about our reality explorations
    Pema Pera: the longest you ever have to wait is about five hours :-)
    Rowan Masala smiles
    Pema Pera: since every day we meet at 1 and 7, am and pm
    Pema Pera: so once every six hours
    Pema Pera: and most meetings last an hour or so
    Rowan Masala: wow
    Pema Pera: minimally 30 minutes
    Pema Pera: but often quite a bit longer
    Pema Pera: My hope is that within half a year or so
    Pema Pera: we may have grown to the point that there will always be people here
    Pema Pera: 24/7
    Pema Pera: like a neighborhood cafe
    Pema Pera: in a downtown that nevers sleeps :-)
    Rowan Masala smiles

    Trevor joined us as well, so we began to fill up the small tea house.

    Ecstasy Dreamscape nods “hey Trevor, welcome”
    Pema Pera: Hi Revor
    Trevor Berensohn: Hi I’m slowly rezzing tonite so sorry
    Pema Pera: Trevor
    Rowan Masala: Hi Trevor
    Stim Morane: Hi trevor
    Pema Pera: Up close and personal as usual :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: I do that everynight
    Trevor Berensohn: Ooops
    Rowan Masala grins
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: hehehe
    stevenaia Michinaga: a litttle to the right please
    Pema Pera: Trevor I think you are sitting on top of Stevenaia
    Trevor Berensohn: oops again
    Pema Pera: slow rezzes do that . . ..
    stevenaia Michinaga: well I didn;t wnat to get into any details, but yes
    Trevor Berensohn: I’ll wait till I’m fully rezzed to sit
    Trevor Berensohn blushes
    Pema Pera: sure
    Pema Pera: haha

    I had tp-ed Trevor over, which is always a haphazard affair in the midst of a crowd of people, especially giving the slow rezzing that seems to be the rule these days in SL.

    Pema Pera: Rowan, what is your main interest, in SL or RL or wherever :-) ?
    Rowan Masala: hmmm
    Trevor Berensohn: Is the seat next to Stim empty?
    Rowan Masala: main interest…
    Rowan Masala glances over at Steven
    Pema Pera: or some interest ;-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: …smile
    Pema Pera: didn’t mean to put you on the spot :-)
    Rowan Masala: I’m very interested in the process of immersing oneself into an avatar
    Stim Morane: feel free to have a seat, Trevor!
    Trevor Berensohn: O ty
    Pema Pera: yes, the transitions into and out of identification with an avatar are fascinating, aren’t they?
    Rowan Masala smiles and nods
    Trevor Berensohn: hmmm yes
    Pema Pera: We have talked about that quite a bit here — and I think you can use them as a metaphor for transitions between other ways of knowing
    Pema Pera: like dreaming and waking
    Pema Pera: or waking and “waking up” to a wider reality
    Pema Pera: like many contemplative traditions talk abot
    Pema Pera: about
    Rowan Masala nods
    Pema Pera: We tend to get stuck in our habits of seeing the RL world in a fixed pattern
    Pema Pera: and SL can help us to shake us out of that
    Trevor Berensohn: Hmm that’s why I liked the non-human colored skin

    Indeed, Trevor looked more like a tree than a human, skin color wise.

    Pema Pera: Our 9 sec every 15 minute practice is one such way to poke holes in our covering up of reality :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: I was going to mention this last time as it related to Ecstay, initially I came to SL as a woman to avoid the situations such as being identified as a male with preconceived motives
    Pema Pera: interesting, how did that feel?
    stevenaia Michinaga: well eventually I “came out” and was accepted as a male woman
    Rowan Masala smiles
    stevenaia Michinaga: I was quite comfortable
    stevenaia Michinaga: but friends wanted me as a man in the end and they designed this avatar
    Rowan Masala: I met him as a man
    Rowan Masala: I mean–with him as a man
    stevenaia Michinaga: but the image of myself was mainly from Dharma
    stevenaia Michinaga: with a few tweaks, of course
    Rowan Masala: so what is involved in the 9 second meditation?
    Pema Pera: Play as Being is the title of our exploration
    Pema Pera: http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/ is our web site
    Pema Pera: Play means not heavy-handed, open
    Pema Pera: Being means something that is hard to point to in words
    Rowan Masala nods
    Trevor Berensohn chuckles to himself
    Pema Pera: One expression would be “the unborn” like in the wonderful quote by Klee in your profile :-)
    Rowan Masala grins

    I was refering to the lovely quotation “I cannot be grasped in the here and now, for I live just as well with the dead as with the unborn. Somewhat closer to the heart of creation than the usual, but far from close enough.” –Paul Klee, epitaph

    Pema Pera: we are born without really taking root each moment — in RL and in SL and elsewhere
    Pema Pera: Your fascination with immersion is something we all share here
    Pema Pera: and ultimately there is no us, you, me, and no time to be born in
    Pema Pera: yet this beautiful world seems to appear
    Pema Pera: mystery of mysteries . . . .
    Pema Pera: awesome beyond belief
    Rowan Masala: yes
    Pema Pera: There is almost nothing to say about Being — so therefore we say a lot here in playful ways, most of it just chatting, seemingly little to do with PaB, Playing as Being — we express it through building a huge forest for example, and just hanging out
    Pema Pera: but the heart, the core, is Being
    Pema Pera: Trevor, how is your house coming along?
    Trevor Berensohn: Oh I learned to make thangkas, so now it’s acutally more mine
    Trevor Berensohn: Helps me practice IRL as well
    Pema Pera: wow, nice! what kind of tankas?
    Trevor Berensohn: It’s neat how a SL shrine has helped my RL meditation
    Trevor Berensohn: Soem Tibetan ones… Tsongkapa, Manjushri, shakyamuni
    Trevor Berensohn: I’m new so keepin it simple
    Trevor Berensohn: So is the when & where will this forest be, Pema?
    Pema Pera: it’s there already, a significant part!
    Pema Pera: We can walk over there, if you like!
    Trevor Berensohn: Oh wonderful! Yes I’d like to when we’re done here
    Pema Pera: I’m happy to go over now
    Pema Pera: Our minimum time here is half an hour
    Trevor Berensohn searches his inventory for that white hair…
    Pema Pera: so that people can find us when they come in later
    Pema Pera: but after that we often wonder around
    Pema Pera: Rowan, do you have time to come along?
    Rowan Masala: I do
    Trevor Berensohn: Ah ok sound great
    Pema Pera: and everybody else?
    Stim Morane: I’ll stay just in case someone else shows up
    Pema Pera: Ecstasy did you get a chance to see it yesterday?
    Pema Pera: after I left?
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i did and it is wonderful

    We got up and some of us started to walk toward the forest

    Pema Pera: So you can all either stay here or come along–either way!
    Pema Pera: I myself will have to leave in a few minutes though
    Pema Pera: Early lunch here in Kyoto, Japan :-)
    Pema Pera: brunch really
    Pema Pera: it is Sunday here already
    Pema Pera: but I can quickly walk over with y’all
    Rowan Masala smiles
    Ecstasy Dreamscape nods goodbye “i must take my leave now, great to see and meet everyone, take care”
    Rowan Masala: you too, Ecstasy
    Pema Pera: Bye Ecstasy, good seeing you again!
    Pema Pera: bye Stim!
    Stim Morane: Bye then, Ecstacy, and Rowan!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: hope you return Rowan
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: thank you Pema, you too
    Trevor Berensohn: =)
    Pema Pera: lots of lag for me, sorry!
    Pema Pera: bad internet connection it seems this morning
    Trevor Berensohn: Oh my word

    After we walked through the Hall of Appearance, Rowan caught her first glimpse of the forest, from the top of the long stairsway leading down into Magoja.

    Rowan Masala: this is beautiful
    Pema Pera: isn’t this wonderful!
    Pema Pera: Storm made this in just a couple weeks
    Trevor Berensohn looks around happily
    Pema Pera: He is my neighbor here in Rieaul
    Trevor Berensohn: Yes it is, Pema
    You shout: Bye everybody — have to go to brunch now!
    stevenaia Michinaga: thanks Pema
    Pema Pera: Come back soon, Rowan, nice to meet you!
    Pema Pera: Wanna hear more about immersion — wonderful topic

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