2008.07.22 01:00 - Peace and Quiet

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    That night, at 1 am SLT, I met Gaya and Adelene, and Meesha joined us at about the same time.

    Pema Pera: Hi Gaya and Adelene!
    Gaya Ethaniel: Hello Pema :)
    Meesha Cuttita: hi guys
    Pema Pera: ah, hi Meesha!
    Pema Pera: Long time no see, how are you?
    Meesha Cuttita: great, i was here yesterday
    Meesha Cuttita: we had a good discussion
    Gaya Ethaniel: Hi again Meesha
    Meesha Cuttita: well they helped me a lot
    Meesha Cuttita: hi Gaya
    Meesha Cuttita: seems i got attached to peace and quiet
    Meesha Cuttita: :)
    Pema Pera: :)
    Meesha Cuttita: how are you?
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Pema Pera: I look forward to read the log, Meesha
    Pema Pera: I’m fine, back in the US, in California
    Gaya Ethaniel: I’m well thanks
    Gaya Ethaniel: And you Meesha?
    Meesha Cuttita: just wonderful
    Pema Pera: Adelene, is this your second time here?
    Pema Pera: or did you drop by in another session, after we met?
    Gaya Ethaniel thinks Adel is away…

    It turned out that Adelene was indeed afk. She had parked her avatar here, with an alarm to notify here when others would be present, but somehow the alarm malfunctioned, she told us later.

    Pema Pera: Gaya or Meesha, is there anything you’d like to talk about?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Adel came by yesterday and Stim was there Pema
    Pema Pera: ah, great!
    Meesha Cuttita: i’d like to listen today, i got my answers yesterday
    Pema Pera: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Meesha mentioned ‘peace and quiet’ and it just reminded me of our misunderstanding yesterday Pema
    Pema Pera: ah yes, one misunderstanding from my side was that I was not used to the expression “with metta”
    Pema Pera: I thought it was part of a previous sentence
    Gaya Ethaniel: No… nature and man-made things
    Pema Pera: but later I understood it was like “with love”, a greeting
    Pema Pera: ah, yes, there was that too.
    Pema Pera: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: It seems that people so far I’ve met don’t attach peaceful with man-made things
    Gaya Ethaniel: :) Yes you’re right
    Pema Pera: can you say more?
    Gaya Ethaniel: For example, I’m in a peaceful place even within an urban environment - a beautiful church let’s say
    Gaya Ethaniel: I find that just as peaceful as I’d if I’m on the top a hill
    Pema Pera: yes, or a very pleasant tea room, to do some quiet work
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes
    Pema Pera: or here in SL the tea house where we used to meet
    Pema Pera: (and where you were, wondering about us :)
    Gaya Ethaniel nods
    Gaya Ethaniel recall some of funny wonderings
    Pema Pera: and then of course there are many things in between nature and man made — a garden for example
    Pema Pera: what kind of wonderings, Gaya?
    Gaya Ethaniel: no… fleeting silliness
    Gaya Ethaniel: Garden is a good example -
    Pema Pera: oh, we’ve had lots of silliness here in PaB sessions :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Pema Pera: Hi Rajah!
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_ with metta
    Rajah Yalin: hi Pema, Gaya, Adelene, and Meesha
    Meesha Cuttita: hi Rajah
    Rajah Yalin: still rezzing you all
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles

    Rajah stopped by and took a seat.

    Pema Pera: like passing customs at an aiport, showing your residence permit
    Pema Pera: long line sometimes
    Gaya Ethaniel didn’t get what Pema said just then
    Pema Pera: rezzing is taking up residence
    Gaya Ethaniel: oh… pins drop
    Rajah Yalin: long lines these last 7 yrs atleast
    Pema Pera: coming into the US, say, there is a line for visitors and also a line for citizens and residents
    Rajah Yalin: I had a harrrd time getting into Tibet in 2002 they were terrorist feared crazy
    Gaya Ethaniel: Was that for all nationalities?
    Rajah Yalin: I suppose
    Rajah Yalin: I had an easy time coming to home though
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Rajah Yalin: they didnt want me in but glad to kick me out haha
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: I’ve found as a Korean - I get mixture of receptions
    Gaya Ethaniel: South Korean* alas never been to North yet
    Rajah Yalin: hmm Sun Myung Moon was not allowed to come to my country
    Gaya Ethaniel: You’re in Malaysia yes?
    Rajah Yalin: we didnt welcome him I think hes Koeanr
    Rajah Yalin: Vanuatu
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes Moon is a S Korean
    Gaya Ethaniel looks up Google Map
    Rajah Yalin: south of malaysia say 2000 kilometres
    Rajah Yalin: or more.. I jus got home from th enakamal I’m a little loopy
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes I can see it :)
    Pema Pera: :)
    Rajah Yalin: lol can you?
    Gaya Ethaniel: what’s enakamal?
    Pema Pera: lol
    Rajah Yalin: *nakamal
    Rajah Yalin: kava bar basically
    Gaya Ethaniel sees Raja typing in satelite view
    Rajah Yalin: they’re onto us Spud!
    Gaya Ethaniel: :) I mean no harm, just harmless stalking
    Rajah Yalin: well, I figure anyone who wants to stalk me must have nothing else to do so, I don’t mind it :)

    The conversation turns to kava.

    Gaya Ethaniel: Ah… Kava Kava I see
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Rajah Yalin: why kava two times?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Think it’s called Kava Kava
    Rajah Yalin shrugs
    Rajah Yalin: sounds american to me to say kava twice
    Gaya Ethaniel: It’s called that in UK too
    Rajah Yalin: I see it on the net sometimes as kava kava, we just say kava once here :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Makes life easy :)
    Rajah Yalin: lucky me I have an internet haha
    Rajah Yalin: I was at nakamal one night, some Aussies come in and say we’d like some kava kava, everyone gave them a look like ‘huh?’
    Gaya Ethaniel laughs out loud
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes it’s called that too in Oz :)
    Rajah Yalin: they thought they meant the very strong kava
    Rajah Yalin: since they said it 2 times
    Rajah Yalin: next thing we have 2 Ozs passing out on the ground
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Rajah Yalin: fun times…
    Pema Pera: Well, perhaps Meesha just had some kava kava too?
    Rajah Yalin: hehe

    I try to see whether we can switch from kava to PaB.

    Pema Pera: Gaya, have you had some time to play with the 9 sec explorations?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Just before you joined us Raja, we were talking about how some of us define ‘nature’ and ‘peacefulness’ that go together
    Gaya Ethaniel: yes
    Pema Pera: did you try writing something, while doing it, a few words?
    Gaya Ethaniel: no afterwards
    Pema Pera: you mean immediately afterwrds?
    Gaya Ethaniel: I’m in that 9 sec moments so no writing really
    Gaya Ethaniel: sometimes and sometimes not
    Pema Pera: do you find it helpful to write?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes, I tend to go back and see what I said
    Rajah Yalin: so nature and peacefulness in connectinon? hmmm it is some good to get away from words and writing
    Pema Pera: and sometimes a few short words can point to nature and peacefulness, like haiku for example
    Pema Pera: or other short poems
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Gaya Ethaniel: peacefulness comes from within I believe
    Rajah Yalin: but I mean like street signs, advertismeents, come here, do this
    Gaya Ethaniel: but Pema - do you think we are giving a power to haiku to make you feel peaceful?
    Rajah Yalin: do that, you have to try this out, buy buy buy
    Gaya Ethaniel: Fael’s word - giving powers to things to make us calm
    Pema Pera: every word can be both an expression and a pointer — and yes, advertisements are seductive pointers
    Rajah Yalin: I feel powerful when I can be aware of them but they never cross my mind
    Pema Pera: and a deep haiku can be an effective reminder of something that you’ve experienced before, beyond words, or perhaps even a new kind of experience
    Gaya Ethaniel: so haiku in this case is a pointer
    Pema Pera: or a trigger
    Pema Pera: or just something to enjoy :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: can you think of such a trigger everyone recognises?
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Pema Pera: inner and outer mingle — outer triggers can help to feel more inwardly peaceful
    Rajah Yalin: the enjoyment is peace to me, in a haiku
    Pema Pera: oh, poetry is very context dependent, for sure
    Rajah Yalin yawns
    Gaya Ethaniel nods

    We all seem to be nodding off . . .

    Pema Pera is ready to go to bed
    Pema Pera: it is 1:30 am here
    Pema Pera: I’m on SL time for once
    Rajah Yalin: are you in the US Pema?
    Pema Pera: here in California
    Pema Pera: yeah, just arrived
    Pema Pera: flew from Tokyo to San Francisco
    Rajah Yalin: so you leave Japan finally?
    Pema Pera: not finally
    Pema Pera: will be back in september :)
    Rajah Yalin: good
    Rajah Yalin: I have yet to to go to Japan but I went to tibet, india, and nepal
    Rajah Yalin: and come back from florida and bahamas last month
    Pema Pera: Must be nice to be back on your island!
    Pema Pera: I’ll go to my island in three weeks
    Pema Pera: but only for three weeks, then I fly out again
    Rajah Yalin: oh definetely I miss it when gone
    Rajah Yalin: which island is it?
    Pema Pera: Manhattan
    Rajah Yalin: what state is that?
    Pema Pera: New York
    Pema Pera: (center of New York City :)
    Rajah Yalin: hmm Im not american obviously I thought NY was the city
    Pema Pera: (happens to be an island)
    Rajah Yalin: wow this is new to me
    Rajah Yalin: what are you doing in Cali? that is like opposite end yeah
    Pema Pera: interesting statistic: the total land area of Second Life is about the same size as Manhattan :-)
    Pema Pera: In California I am working with Stim (Steven Tainer in RL)
    Pema Pera: and visiting Gen and Sky — all of whom live here in Berkeley

    Gaya had spotted a photograph of the typists behind Stim and me.

    Gaya Ethaniel: http://www.waysofknowing.net/ you can see Pema and Stim there :)
    Rajah Yalin: I’d not like the city
    Pema Pera: :)
    Pema Pera: Actually, Gaya, they look more like Piet and Steven on the picture :)
    Rajah Yalin: too big to me, I didnt like Madurai or Madras (chennai now), or varanasi or any indian cities size
    Gaya Ethaniel hears more pins dropping
    Gaya Ethaniel: pin drops = realisation*
    Pema Pera thinks Gaya must not be in a city, if she can hear that
    Rajah Yalin: good cities but you just cant get to kno it when so big
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Pema Pera: Well, gotto get some sleep
    Gaya Ethaniel: Good night Pema thanks for coming
    Rajah Yalin: ok Pema take care
    Pema Pera: see you all soon again!
    Rajah Yalin: Namaste
    Pema Pera: Thank you all too!
    Meesha Cuttita: bye all
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_ with metta
    Pema Pera: Meesha, good seeing you again!
    Rajah Yalin: take care Meesha
    Meesha Cuttita: good to be here
    Meesha Cuttita: bye Rajah
    Pema Pera: Bye Adelene!
    Rajah Yalin: bye all good to see you
    Pema Pera: I think Adelene parked here before the session started
    Gaya Ethaniel: Bye for now everyone
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_ with metta
    Pema Pera: may be surprised to see the long chat log :)
    Rajah Yalin: hehe

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