2008.07.05 01:00 - Being as a Resource

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    That night, at 1 am SLT, when I arrive at the pavilion I find Fael sitting there already.

    Fael Illyar: Hello Pema
    Pema Pera: Hi there, Fael, nice to know I’m right on time, with the bell!
    Fael Illyar: :)
    Pema Pera: Lovely outfit, a new one?
    Faenik: could be
    Fael Illyar: One of the three I bought around a week ago but didn’t use yet
    Pema Pera: Faenik looks a little quiet amidst all the color, knowing he is so black himself — but with big blue eyes :)
    Fael Illyar: :)
    Pema Pera: I just spent much of the day putting up new blog entries . . . .
    Pema Pera: and I really enjoyed reading what you said about not being bored anymore
    Pema Pera: that at any time, anything can become a source of meditation
    Pema Pera: (I’m just saying it in my own words)
    Fael Illyar: Well, it’s not completely gone yet. Sometimes there is this strange boredom that somehow makes you unwilling to do anything but still is like that. But that’s rare and I might already have a faint idea of how to keep that away too.
    Pema Pera: by just watching it, perhaps?
    Pema Pera: exploring it that way?
    Fael Illyar: perhaps. it’s always tended go away if I’ve complained about it to someone and recently I’ve started recognising it before I’m fully there.
    Fael Illyar: seems to be easy to divert if I notice it early enough.
    Pema Pera: How about trying to keep it, as an experiment, to hold it in your hand so to speak, would that be possible perhaps?
    Fael Illyar: It tends to start evaporating the moment I see it. I’m not sure if that’s my doing or if it simply can’t exist when I’m paying attention.
    Fael Illyar: if I get fully to it, it prevents me from really looking at it somehow.
    Pema Pera: yes, that happens with many emotions and moods
    Pema Pera: As soon as you look anger or fear in the face, it already loses some of its sting . . . .
    Faenik: indeed?

    I take the opportunity of a lull in the conversation, to talk about Being.

    Pema Pera: If I may shift the topic to Being
    Pema Pera: (my favorite topic :)
    Pema Pera: is there anything you’d like to share, comment, ask?
    Fael Illyar: I’ve been having especially few questions lately. Although that’s probably partially in my approach to things.
    Fael Illyar: I tend to think about things for a while, then stop and sort of forget about them until I somehow get reminded and by then I usually have something figured out
    Pema Pera: Letting questions die down or even die out can be a great way of stopping and dropping
    Fael Illyar: That’s been the way I think about things for years … I’m not sure exactly how many but I can’t remember doing it any other way anymore.
    Fael Illyar: Although, I guess we could get some topics from yesterday’s session with Caspian and Sheena. I don’t think that was concluded, really.
    Pema Pera: Indeed
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Pema Pera: I’ve just read so many blogs, I’d have to remember exactly where we left off
    Pema Pera: Do you?
    Fael Illyar: No, not really, I’d have to read it again
    Pema Pera: Sheena brought up reality, what you find when you drop what you have and what is not real
    Pema Pera: Being as I like to call it
    Pema Pera: Interestingly, Buddhism often talks about emptiness
    Pema Pera: a very cautious word
    Pema Pera: little misunderstanding
    Pema Pera: not this not that
    Pema Pera: yet openness is a bit more positive
    Pema Pera: and even more positive is to stress that this “emptiness”
    Pema Pera: or “openness” or “suchness”
    Pema Pera: or “Being”
    Pema Pera: can actually be a resource
    Pema Pera: Stim likes to talk about Being as a resource.
    Faenik: ah :)
    Pema Pera: Does that ring any bell — no pun intended?
    Pema Pera: Does that make some sense?
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Fael Illyar: Being as a resource … Well, considering that I think about things, then, at least consciously, forget about them until I remember them again and somehow I understand more then than right when I forgot about it.
    Fael Illyar: Would that be using Being as a resource?
    Pema Pera: yes, in some sense, but I meant it a bit more broadly –
    Pema Pera: like everything in our realm has Being as its Source
    Fael Illyar: I’ve been thinking that I’m leaving those for my subconscious to handle so far :)
    Pema Pera: and at any given moment we can fall back on that Source

    I tried to convey a sense of how Being can be seen and felt and in some sense also directly utilized as a resource.

    Pema Pera: yes, what you say is a great example, and part of what I had in mind
    Pema Pera: but in addition, breathing for example, or just moving a finger
    Pema Pera: everything that we think we do
    Pema Pera: rests on the power of Being
    Pema Pera: (words are dangerous here but)
    Pema Pera: the joy in anything, the sadness, the force, whatever
    Pema Pera: it is all directly coming from Being, like the light of a movie coming from a projector — but even far more directly in fact
    Pema Pera: So coming back to yesterday
    Pema Pera: when Caspian talked about the beautiful kind of practice he is doing
    Pema Pera: chanting Quan Yin’s name
    Pema Pera: extremely powerful when you can tune in what that
    Pema Pera: or more accurately, when you can let Her chant
    Pema Pera: that, too, comes from Being
    Pema Pera: and Meesha’s previous work with a Course in Miracles
    Pema Pera: and the lightness and freedom she found
    Pema Pera: comes from Being
    Pema Pera: So to sum up:
    Pema Pera: normally we use Being in a very very very indirect way
    Pema Pera: by eating, breathing, walking, talking, chanting, praying, meditating
    Fael Illyar: Unfortunately, I can’t say I see what you mean.
    Pema Pera: but it is possible to shortcircuit all that and DIRECTLY let Being be the Source from which it all flows — directly find access
    Pema Pera: Yes, I understand, Fael, it took me decades to see that clearly
    Pema Pera: and my hope is to help others to see that in years, rather than decades — and of course doing so is helping me in turn to see it more and more clearly
    Faenik: could be


    Pema Pera: From what you have reported now from half a dozen occasions, it is very clear that you have an intuition of how Being can be a Source
    Pema Pera: which is really wonderful
    Pema Pera: and has he potential to make everything so very much more easy — exploring, living, searching, enjoying and of course helping others in the process
    Fael Illyar: which occasions?
    Pema Pera: oh, the dreams you talked about for example
    Pema Pera: some other things you said at different occasions
    Pema Pera: if you look back in the blogs where Stim responded to what you said — he is not overly praising :) When he says “yes, that’s it” you can be sure you’re getting warm, as they say in the children’s game, closer (don’t know in which countries — in Finland too?)
    Fael Illyar: I tend to do a lot of things intuitively and understanding then comes later if at all
    Pema Pera: I suggest that you just take the notion of “Being as a Resource” for the next several days
    Pema Pera: and whenever you have a chance — during the 9-sec and/or in between
    Pema Pera: you can just look around you at anything happening
    Pema Pera: energy flowing and being used, physical energy, mental energy
    Pema Pera: anything happening in any which way
    Pema Pera: all phenomena
    Fael Illyar: Hi Moon
    Pema Pera: all appearances
    Moon Fargis: hello you two :)
    Pema Pera: and tell yourself: this, too, has Being as its source
    Pema Pera: is flowing directly from Being
    Pema Pera: Hi Moon!
    Pema Pera: we’re babbling about Being
    Pema Pera: :)
    Moon Fargis: bib being babbling bubbles then
    Moon Fargis: g

    Moon walked in and joined us.

    Pema Pera: I’d be very interested to hear how that will be for you, Fael
    Pema Pera: bubbling over while blabbering on about Being, Moon?
    Fael Illyar: Well, I have no idea if I understood exactly what you’re suggesting but … well maybe it happens.
    Pema Pera: let’s say that someone tells you about electricity
    Pema Pera: and you don’t know much about it
    Pema Pera: but when you plug something with a cord into the wall
    Pema Pera: into an electric outlet
    Pema Pera: somehow the machine works
    Pema Pera: and you may have no idea about electrons and voltage
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Pema Pera: but you can observe and try to see what is going on, as a curious tourist who comes into a land with electricity for the first time in her life
    Pema Pera: Similarly, you can try at all that appears and ask yourself: what fuels this?
    Pema Pera: So let’s try and see, and we can come back to it in a day — or a few days
    Fael Illyar: Hello Caspian, Libby
    Pema Pera: Hi there, Casp and Libby!
    Moon Fargis: hi libby, caspian
    Pema Pera: Great seeing you both
    Caspian Inglewood: hello
    Libby Sohl: hello everyone

    Caspian and Libby walked in as well, and then there were five of us, quite a large group for the 1 am night sessions.

    Caspian Inglewood: hmmm, more than usual
    Caspian Inglewood: hi Libby, Moon
    Pema Pera: Thanks for sharing with us your Quan Yin practice, yesterday, Caspian!
    Fael Illyar: These morning meetings are growing.
    Libby Sohl: hello
    Caspian Inglewood: haha, no problem
    Pema Pera: Have you visited the Quan Yin terraces that Storm made here?
    Pema Pera: with Her statues?
    Caspian Inglewood: here?
    Caspian Inglewood: i do not think so
    Pema Pera: yes, in Mieum
    Pema Pera: the sim to the East of here
    Pema Pera: Oh, you should go
    Caspian Inglewood: okay, ty
    Pema Pera: Wonderful statues
    Pema Pera: Chinese but probably similar in Korean versions I’d guess
    Caspian Inglewood: well i will be renting residential quarters at zndo soon
    Caspian Inglewood: zendo soon
    Caspian Inglewood: so will need statues
    Pema Pera: which zendo is that?
    Moon Fargis: caspian: i sell statues at hikari
    Caspian Inglewood: the one in my hover text
    Caspian Inglewood: Doujouji
    Caspian Inglewood: over in little yoshiwara
    Caspian Inglewood: I saw that
    Caspian Inglewood: i will probably buy from there
    Caspian Inglewood: who is picture of hanging?
    Pema Pera: which picture?
    Caspian Inglewood: in hikari?

    Moon recognizes the picture that Caspian was talking about.

    Moon Fargis: ah dogen
    Caspian Inglewood: he has picture of Dalai Lama and a Zen priest
    Caspian Inglewood: I am curious who
    Moon Fargis: dogen:)
    Caspian Inglewood: that is Dogen?
    Moon Fargis: yep
    Caspian Inglewood: I have never seen such a depiction
    Caspian Inglewood: perfect
    Moon Fargis: oh but i think i have to meke them buyable first
    Caspian Inglewood: it is buyable
    Caspian Inglewood: was $30 i think
    Moon Fargis: ah ok
    Caspian Inglewood: yah
    Caspian Inglewood: would anyone like to hear short talk?
    Pema Pera: what kind of talk?
    Caspian Inglewood: ha ha, dharma talk
    Caspian Inglewood: maybe not right place
    Caspian Inglewood: I just uploaded
    Pema Pera: voice or text?
    Caspian Inglewood: voice
    Pema Pera: we’re generally only using text here, but if you give us a URL we can later listen to it
    Caspian Inglewood: no url, just sound files…so no problem
    Caspian Inglewood: just a new toy
    Pema Pera: lots of toys in SL :)
    Moon Fargis: yes
    Caspian Inglewood: this is true
    Fael Illyar: Yes, SL is full of toys :)
    Caspian Inglewood: Moon, tell me
    Fael Illyar has even made a couple.
    Caspian Inglewood: if I sent you a folder of sound clips
    Faenik: why not?
    Caspian Inglewood: could you make them play in specific order?
    Moon Fargis: yes
    Moon Fargis: but you cant trasfer a whole folder afaik
    Fael Illyar: you can, just drag the folder on the target’s AV
    Moon Fargis: hmm well i told this to other people too, the only thing i got then was the folder with no contenst :)
    Moon Fargis: maybe it was a bug in sl
    Fael Illyar: well, only copies/moves the things that aren’t (no transfer)
    Moon Fargis: just try caspian :)
    Fael Illyar: moving happens if they’re (no copy)
    Caspian Inglewood: okay
    Caspian Inglewood: how much for your services?
    Moon Fargis: we will see how long i take:)
    Caspian Inglewood: numbered 1 to 10
    Caspian Inglewood: okay
    Moon Fargis: ah it worked
    Caspian Inglewood: good!
    Moon Fargis: hmm give me some time caspian :)

    Libby starts a new topic, but then has to leave soon.

    Libby Sohl: i had an interesting conversation yesterday about whether universal metaphor can ever be a useful tool
    Fael Illyar: universal metaphor?
    Libby Sohl: a metaphor that can be applied across a range of situations
    Libby Sohl: its a bit hard to explain
    Pema Pera: you mean like our term Being also?
    Pema Pera: in a way to most universal term possible :)
    Libby Sohl: ooo sorry to leave in the middle of a conversation i need to go an help a friend
    Faenik loves wells!
    Fael Illyar: Ok, Bye Libby.
    Pema Pera: come back soon, Libby!
    Libby Sohl: bye Fael, caspian, pema and moon
    Libby Sohl: I will
    Fael Illyar: Just when it was getting interesting :/
    Pema Pera: :)
    Pema Pera: Caspian shall we go visit the Quan Yin area nearby?
    Pema Pera: if you have a few minutes left
    Caspian Inglewood: yah, in a few moments
    Pema Pera: Have you seen it, Fael?
    Fael Illyar: I’ve been there I think.
    Pema Pera: and of course you know the area here, Moon
    Caspian Inglewood: okay, we can go
    Pema Pera: okay!

    We then all fly to the large Quan Yin Statue that Storm has created, on top of a rock party with a waterfall. It takes a bit for all four of us to meet again within ear shot, at the foot of the waterfall.

    Caspian Inglewood: I think he is away
    Pema Pera: If you move your camera to the top
    Caspian Inglewood: ah yes I see now
    Caspian Inglewood: had to rez
    Pema Pera: you see a large Quan Yin statue
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: how do you call Her again in Korean?
    Caspian Inglewood: very nice
    Caspian Inglewood: kwan seum bosal
    Pema Pera: ah yes
    Pema Pera: Storm here feels a very strong connection with Quan Yin
    Caspian Inglewood: yah, she is the fundamental bodhisattva archetype
    Pema Pera: You may not have met him yet. He has build this waterfall
    Caspian Inglewood: although the Tibetans mostly consider as a male entity
    Caspian Inglewood: but the Japanese almost always depict as female
    Caspian Inglewood: I may have met
    Caspian Inglewood: is he samurai?
    Pema Pera: and he has created the rivers around and up to the pavilion where we gather
    Pema Pera: he generally wears a red robe
    Pema Pera: like a Buddhist monk
    Caspian Inglewood: ah okay
    Pema Pera: not samurai
    Caspian Inglewood: I have not met then
    Pema Pera: Have you met Isen?
    Pema Pera: This is Isen’s hut here to the left
    Caspian Inglewood: yes, i have met Isen
    Fael Illyar: Isen was at one of the meetings where Caspian was too but he was quite quiet back then
    Caspian Inglewood: we had a conversation in zendo other day
    Caspian Inglewood: very nice
    Caspian Inglewood: he runs bookshop in rl
    Fael Illyar: Ah, met elsewhere :)
    Pema Pera: A quiet Isen, not babbling? :)
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Pema Pera: yes, when he is busy
    Caspian Inglewood: I met here and elsewhere
    Caspian Inglewood: I invited him there
    Caspian Inglewood: he wanted tour
    Pema Pera: Have you see our forest in Magoja, Caspian?
    Pema Pera: Also created by Storm
    Caspian Inglewood: probably passing through
    Caspian Inglewood: this is large area to cover
    Pema Pera: Yes, let me quickly go there and will tp if we get lost

    I quickly flew to Magoja, and from there sent tps.

    Caspian Inglewood: moon, it is very nice having radar
    Caspian Inglewood: you always know who is in area
    Pema Pera: yes, very convenient
    Moon Fargis: yes i maybe get soms someday
    Caspian Inglewood: I will show you one for free sometime
    Moon Fargis: brb have to fix something in hikari
    Caspian Inglewood: it is in yoshiwara
    Caspian Inglewood: okay
    Fael Illyar: I’m using free version of mystitool for a radar
    Faenik: ah :)
    Fael Illyar: it’s got a lot of other features too
    Caspian Inglewood: I use TNM Avatar Radar HUD
    Caspian Inglewood: so this is forest
    Caspian Inglewood: wb moon
    Moon Fargis: ok back :)
    Caspian Inglewood takes a humble bow
    Caspian Inglewood: pema, do you have humble bow gesture?
    Pema Pera: this one?
    Caspian Inglewood: that was gassho, yes?
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: you type “/gassho”
    Caspian Inglewood: ah this bow is a bit deeper
    Caspian Inglewood: see
    Caspian Inglewood takes a humble bow
    Pema Pera: nice :)
    Pema Pera: no dont’ have that one yet
    Caspian Inglewood: would you like?
    Pema Pera: sure!
    Caspian Inglewood: let me find
    Faenik loves wells!
    Caspian Inglewood gave you Humble bow.
    Caspian Inglewood: would anyone else like one?
    Moon Fargis: sure :)
    Pema Pera: Thanks, Casp!
    Fael Illyar: sure
    Moon Fargis: thx
    Caspian Inglewood: sure Pema
    Caspian Inglewood: np moon
    Fael Illyar: I’d take one too

    I try out the new gesture.

    Pema Pera takes a humble bow
    Caspian Inglewood: there you go
    Fael Illyar takes a humble bow
    Fael Illyar: thank you :)
    Pema Pera takes a humble bow
    Caspian Inglewood: sure, np
    Pema Pera: now all I need is a real prostration :)
    Moon Fargis takes a humble bow
    Fael Illyar takes a humble bow
    Caspian Inglewood: everyone taking humble bows
    Caspian Inglewood: lol
    Caspian Inglewood takes a humble bow
    Moon Fargis: you mean head bumping on the ground pema?
    Fael Illyar: ok, this one needs me to disable my AO as well.
    Caspian Inglewood: you could probably find one in Muslim area
    Pema Pera: yes, Moon
    Caspian Inglewood: hmmm, what else do i have…?
    Caspian Inglewood: i have instant meditation mat
    Pema Pera: gently bumping
    Caspian Inglewood: but you probably have
    Moon Fargis: pema: well i never saw a use in this so i hever did one hehe
    Pema Pera: :)
    Caspian Inglewood: I would like one, too
    Pema Pera: well, I think I’ll have to humbly leave now
    Caspian Inglewood: if it is ever made
    Caspian Inglewood: full prostration
    Pema Pera: Good seeing you all!
    Pema Pera: bye Casp, Moon, Fael
    Caspian Inglewood: take care pema
    Moon Fargis: bye pema
    Caspian Inglewood takes a humble bow
    Pema Pera takes a humble bow
    Pema Pera: (typing only “hu” gives a different gesture it seems)

    Somehow “hu” got abbreviated to a Hawaiian hula dance for me, though “hum” was enough to pick up the humble bow (and “hub” was simple a typo).

    Caspian Inglewood takes a humble bow
    Moon Fargis: /hu
    Moon Fargis: ahh not here:)
    Caspian Inglewood: looks like same gesture
    Caspian Inglewood: without text
    Caspian Inglewood takes a humble bow
    Moon Fargis: ok i also have to go now, rl calls for a while
    Moon Fargis: see you soon
    Pema Pera: /hub
    Moon Fargis takes a humble bow
    Fael Illyar: Ok, see you later Moon :)
    Pema Pera takes a humble bow
    Caspian Inglewood: okay, stay in touch moon
    Caspian Inglewood: just gestures with hands
    Pema Pera: okay, lots of lag, frozen for a while, but now got it figured out
    Pema Pera: okay, bfn!
    Caspian Inglewood: see you all, i am off too
    Caspian Inglewood: have good night

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