2008.06.04 01:00 - Two Tunnels too far

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    That night, just before 1 am SLT, I was riding the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. I had tried to get an earlier train, but alas, My train would arrive in Kyoto at 1:10 am SLT, ten minutes too late for the start of the session. Fortunately, I was able to get internet connection from the train, using my cell phone based wireless system, just before 1 am. Sometimes the bullet train moves too fast for the cell switching to keep up, it seems, but somehow this time it worked.

    IM: Pema Pera: Hi Trevor!
    IM: Trevor Berensohn: Hi Pema how r u?
    IM: Pema Pera: Greetings from the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto
    IM: Pema Pera: I will arrive in Kyoto at 1:10 am
    IM: Pema Pera: if you could be in the tea house (only if it is convenient) from 1:00 to 1:10 am that would be great!
    IM: Trevor Berensohn: Haha you’re really goin places
    IM: Pema Pera: My connection is likely to be interrupted by a tunnel :-)
    IM: Trevor Berensohn: Oh that would be fine
    IM: Pema Pera: I’ll be in the tea house at 1:10
    IM: Pema Pera: great!
    IM: Pema Pera: wanna come over now?
    IM: Trevor Berensohn: I’ll head over now

    So did I, and we met at the tea house.

    Pema Pera: Hi Trevor!
    Pema Pera: How are you?
    Trevor Berensohn: Hi there =)
    Pema Pera: In five minutes I’ll go through two tunnels
    Pema Pera: before arriving in Kyoto
    Trevor Berensohn: Ah you’ll be on & off then
    Pema Pera: and I’ll likely drop my internet connection then
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: but at ten past the hour I should be able to log back in again
    Pema Pera: from the station’s platform :-)
    Pema Pera: so if you can hold the fort here, that would be great
    Trevor Berensohn: Hey how do I become a member around here?
    Pema Pera: a member in what way?
    Trevor Berensohn: Dakini said something about becoming a member of this little commune
    Pema Pera: ah, what we have is a system of guardians
    Pema Pera: as we call them
    Pema Pera: who are on stand by to replace me or others scheduled to lead a session here
    Pema Pera: greeters or facilitators you could say
    Trevor Berensohn: Hmmm I’m a little too peaceful to be a guardian l greeter, I can do =)
    Pema Pera: So you will be a guardian for the next five minutes
    Pema Pera: while I am tunneling
    Pema Pera: great!
    Pema Pera: Okay, I’ll log off now
    Pema Pera: brb!
    Trevor Berensohn: ok see u soon

    I was just in time for the first tunnel. Five minutes later the train had come to a halt, I got out, and quickly got in-world again.

    Trevor Berensohn: Welcome back!
    Pema Pera: Hi there!
    Pema Pera: Did you have a quiet time here?
    Trevor Berensohn: So the train has arrived?
    Trevor Berensohn: Yes I had a great conversation with myself =)
    Pema Pera: yes, I’m on the platform now in Kyoto station
    Pema Pera: hehe
    Pema Pera: what did you tell yourself?
    Trevor Berensohn: To stay awake just a little bit longer
    Trevor Berensohn: lol
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: what time zone are you in?
    Trevor Berensohn: Central- US
    Pema Pera: so it
    Pema Pera: is 3 am?
    Trevor Berensohn: so it’s 3am here
    Trevor Berensohn: mmhmm
    Pema Pera: well, yes, time to go to sleep!
    Pema Pera: Sorry to keep you up, but thanks for staying here!
    Trevor Berensohn: haha and past time indeed
    Pema Pera: btw
    Trevor Berensohn: Ah it’s no problem

    It seemed like a perfect occasion to ask Trevor to join us.

    Pema Pera: if you are interested in becoming a guardian
    Pema Pera: we can do that
    Trevor Berensohn: yes I’d like to help if I can
    Pema Pera: thank you! Greatly appreciated
    Pema Pera: There are three aspects to it
    Pema Pera: And all three are voluntairy
    Trevor Berensohn: that’s good
    Pema Pera: The first one is that you will occasionally get emails from an email group, in which everybody is being polled to see who has time to stand in for someone
    Pema Pera: So when you get such an email, and if it is convenient, you can respond and take over a particular session
    Trevor Berensohn: Can do that
    Pema Pera: The second thing is that every Sunday morning at 8:00 SLT, 10 am for you, we have a meeting with all the guardians for half an hour
    Pema Pera: no obligation to come, but might be fun
    Trevor Berensohn: I’ll put it in my scheduler
    Pema Pera: Then the third thing, also voluntairy, is that if you like to take a weekly slot, one of the 4×7=28 sessions per week,
    Pema Pera: you can then be the guardian for that slot
    Pema Pera: once a week.
    Pema Pera: It means that either you go there yourself, or if you don’t have time, you find someone else to go.
    Pema Pera: In practice, often others will be there too, like me often and various frequent visitors
    Pema Pera: The main point is, however, that if somehow no one else comes, there is at least someone here.
    Pema Pera: So if new people hear about PaB, and come here at one of the four advertised times,
    Pema Pera: at least there will be one person here.
    Pema Pera: It would be very discouraging and lonely to come to an empty tea house . . . .
    Trevor Berensohn: Ah yes

    Trevor kindly agreed to take a slot.

    Trevor Berensohn: Actually there is a lull in my business in the afternoons
    Pema Pera: Would you be interested to take such a slot? It would only be for half an hour: from the hour to 30 minutes past
    Trevor Berensohn: so if you need anyone during any of the 1PM timeslots, I can do that
    Pema Pera: great!
    Pema Pera: Let me see, oh, at the moment all those slots are taken, but
    Pema Pera: either I can ask one of the seven to shift to another time, which would be fine, or you could take, say a 7 am (for you 9 am) slot
    Pema Pera: but I guess you prefer 1 pm (your 3 pm) right?
    Pema Pera: over 7 am or 7 pm?
    Pema Pera: your 9 am or 9 pm?
    Trevor Berensohn: Yes many times I have to work through the morning shift so the evening would be better.
    Pema Pera: fine!
    Pema Pera: I’ll send an email to the group right away, and ask them to see who would like to switch
    Pema Pera: Thanks again, and I guess I should let you go to sleep now!
    Trevor Berensohn: Oh good I really get a lot out of this and hope to pass that on to others
    Pema Pera: wonderful! I’m glad to hear that.
    Trevor Berensohn: Good I’ll see you soon Pema
    Pema Pera: I’ve been doing this several times a day now, for two months, and at some point I’ll have to slow down and let my normal life catch up . . . .
    Pema Pera: . . . so I’m delighted and grateful for all the help I am getting now from you and many others!
    Trevor Berensohn: Haha that’s like my Tibetan studies
    Pema Pera: Good night, Trev!
    Pema Pera: how so?
    Trevor Berensohn: Well I’ve committed to studying and meditating quite a bit to complete these Tibetan Buddhist courses
    Trevor Berensohn: It has basically taken over most of my leisure time
    Trevor Berensohn: But it’s so life-changing; definitely worth it =)
    Pema Pera: ah, yes, I know how that feels — I have been engaged in quite a number of different practices
    Pema Pera: and currently PaB is my full-time practice :-)
    Pema Pera: okay, nite Trev!
    Trevor Berensohn: And I have so much more to offer others around me as well

    I used my zazen gassho gesture to bow to Trevor.

    Pema Pera: I’ll be going too
    Pema Pera: yes, thank you!
    Trevor Berensohn: good let me know what time you need me & I’ll be there
    Trevor Berensohn: Nite Pema
    Pema Pera: will do!
    Trevor Berensohn bows to Pema
    Pema Pera: be well!

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