2008.11.02 07:00 - Two Pavilions, One PaB

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    Adams Rubble was the guardian and added the following comments and attached two photos

    I Got into Second Life a few minutes early and decided to visit the new structure. While I was sitting there a balloon filled in and Dozen Parx emerged and sat opposite me in the pavilion. He had read a notecard on the way in and was ready to talk about Play-as_Being. Since this was essentially a PaB meeting, I have started with our brief conversation there

    Adams Rubble: Hello Dozen
    Dozen Parx: Hello Abigale
    Dozen Parx: Playing or Being?
    Dozen Parx: Or both?
    Adams Rubble: We move here tomorrow and I just wanted to get a feel for it
    Dozen Parx: Move here?
    Adams Rubble: In answer to your question, I guess Being
    Adams Rubble: We are meeting at another pavilion and this is our new home
    Dozen Parx: As in just built?
    Adams Rubble: hehe. It was built three months ago but we are a bit slow in moving :)
    Dozen Parx: Too much playing!
    Adams Rubble: Well it has to do with autorecording :)
    Dozen Parx: Playing as being is an interesting idea.... have you been in the
    discussion group?
    Adams Rubble: Yes. The idea is that we pause each 15 minutes for 9 seconds and it stops us
    from what we are doing
    Adams Rubble: We meet four times a day at 7, 1, 7 and 1 SLT
    Adams Rubble: We are meeting in about 15 minutes
    Dozen Parx: I went for a ride in a hot air baloon
    Dozen Parx: it came here
    Adams Rubble: Storm just set that up yesterday :)
    Dozen Parx: and I got a card about playing as being
    Adams Rubble: great :)

    Isen, an old friend of Play-as_being, had given his first Second Life lecture to the Zen Retreat zazen group at Delani's Buddhist Center the night before

    Adams Rubble: I saw you at Isen's talk last night
    Dozen Parx: Oh yes
    Dozen Parx: I was there
    Dozen Parx: Small(ish) world...
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Adams Rubble: Isen used to come to some of our sessions
    Dozen Parx: Looking at you, I may have made an error... is your name Abigail, or is
    that a group?
    Adams Rubble: Is it a group but I like the name over the Adams :)
    Dozen Parx: So... Abigale then...
    Dozen Parx: :-)
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Dozen Parx: or Abigail....
    Dozen Parx: If I could spell
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Dozen Parx: I don't so much say what I want to say as say what I can spell...
    Dozen Parx: It's a frustrating thing abouth this place
    Dozen Parx: but maybe something else that slows you down
    Dozen Parx: Would you say some more about pausing?
    Adams Rubble: text chatting gives some of us an advanatge who talk more slowly or quiter in
    real life but who type faster than those who talk faster :)
    Adams Rubble: There are no rules to PaB. Some of us do some form of meditation and others
    just stop and think
    Dozen Parx: Do you pause for 9 seconds here... or everywhere
    Adams Rubble: We are encouraged to keep a log as a record of our thoughts but most do not do
    Adams Rubble: We also do not need to pause for every 9 seconds
    Dozen Parx: So the pause is thinking time, or empty mind?
    Adams Rubble: I tend not to pause when I am in second life, especially at PaB meetings but
    many do :)
    Adams Rubble: It can be empty mind or thinking time
    Adams Rubble: I think it has been both for me
    Adams Rubble: I had no experience with meditation before I came into PaB

    Dozen introduces me to Gatha, another method of pausing, but with verses

    Dozen Parx: Do you know the practice of reciting gatha... short verses associated
    with particular actions...
    Dozen Parx: Gatha on turning on the radio
    Dozen Parx: Gatha on getting dressed
    Dozen Parx: gatha on starting the car...
    Adams Rubble: I have learned a little bit from people and sometimes do breath meditations or
    a body scan
    Dozen Parx: Little ways to stop and think...
    Adams Rubble: no I don't think I ever heard of gatha
    Adams Rubble: It sounds interesting
    Dozen Parx: Pausing seems to me a bit like that... giving yourself some breathing
    Adams Rubble: yes it sounds like it
    Adams Rubble: Would you share one of the verses?
    Dozen Parx: When the table is set for a meal
    Dozen Parx: I vow with all beings
    Dozen Parx: to accept this food as an offering
    Dozen Parx: that honours my ancient path
    Dozen Parx: It's a bit like saying grace!
    Adams Rubble: Yes, I was thinking that :)
    Dozen Parx: before starting the car
    Dozen Parx: I know where I am going
    Dozen Parx: The car and I are one
    Dozen Parx: If the car goes fast, I go fast

    I invite Dozen to the morning session at the pavilion and he accepts

    Adams Rubble: I really like this idea :)
    Adams Rubble: I have to go to the meeting now, would you like to come?
    Dozen Parx: Can you explain how?
    Adams Rubble: I'll send a tp since you do not really need a landmark since it the last day
    there (unless you decide you like it so much you want to come back later today) :)
    Adams Rubble: bfn
    Dozen Parx: Thanks


    We then teleported to the old Pavilion, I put on my guardian tag and remember to ask about the blog

    Adams Rubble: Hello again :)
    Adams Rubble: One thing i did not tell you is that we record the log and put it on the
    website. Do you have an objection to that?
    Dozen Parx: No problem...
    Adams Rubble: Thanks. I have another request
    Dozen Parx: I just expose my bad typing to the world
    Dozen Parx: :-)
    Adams Rubble: Do you mind if I include the part at the other pavilion?
    Dozen Parx: Not at all
    Adams Rubble: We have lots of bad typisets here :)
    Adams Rubble: including me

    Corvi then joined us and we made our introductions. I was wearing the outfit I used when I first came to the old pavilion and Corvi had never seen it before

    Adams Rubble: Hi Corvi :)
    Adams Rubble: Hello Corvi :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Hi Adams..I'm confused!
    Adams Rubble: Yes, Corvi?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: are we PaBing at the new place?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: nice hair!
    Adams Rubble: It starts tomorrow morning at the 1 am session
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: ah!
    Adams Rubble: Thank you it was my hair when we moved to this pavilion :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: ahhhhhh
    Adams Rubble: It is very primmy
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: fairwell, hair
    Adams Rubble: :(
    Dozen Parx: Hello Corvuscorva
    Corvuscorva Nightfire grins..I don't believe we've met?
    Adams Rubble: I met Dozen at the other pavilion and we have had a nice chat
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I'm Corvi
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Good to meet you Dozen.
    Dozen Parx: Corvi is a little easier to type...
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: exactly
    Dozen Parx: Thank you
    Dozen Parx: Good to meet you too
    Dozen Parx: It gets dark early...

    We continue our comparisons of PaB with Dozen's practice

    Adams Rubble: Dozen was telling me about gatha which are verses one recites before doing
    things duyring the day
    Adams Rubble: There is one for eating, driving, etc
    Dozen Parx: I came across them in a book by Robert Aitken
    Adams Rubble: It sounds much like our pausing
    Dozen Parx: It's part of a buddhist practice called mindfulness
    Dozen Parx: and I thought it sounded like pausing
    Dozen Parx: that's how it came into the conversation
    Adams Rubble: Mindfulness is a goal of PaB too
    Dozen Parx: Do you practice pausing Corvi?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: not in any concerted way
    Storm Nordwind is Online
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: but I am being more and more drawn in.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I'm very new..this is my first experience with anything like

    Dozen was very interested in the playing part

    Dozen Parx: What about playing.... how does that fit in?
    Adams Rubble: We can be very silly here at times. It often is a good tension breaker
    Adams Rubble: Some seem to like to be more silly than others :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire resembles that remark
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: ^.^
    Dozen Parx: This place is a little formal for playing maybe?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: oh no!
    Adams Rubble: We have managed :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: we seem to do just fine...heheheh
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: snap.
    Adams Rubble thinks back to the first time in the pavilion when she was lying in a
    drunken stupor in the corner
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I wish I'd been here to see that, Adams.
    Adams Rubble: This is a very serious business and the idea is that is good not to talke
    ourselves too seriously
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I think sometimes it's good to get wacked by a cushion, too.
    Dozen Parx: Play is serious... or being
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: keeeps you on your toes.
    Dozen Parx: Maybe play is the serious stuff and being is just fun
    Adams Rubble: The exploration of ourselves can be serious
    Adams Rubble: hehe Dozen
    Adams Rubble: maybe
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: part of the explorations are play, too.
    Dozen Parx: You talk about exploration as though it's a systematic thing...

    Hmmm. Is the exploration systematic? I do the best I can with that question

    Corvuscorva Nightfire: well, i don't think it is...
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: is it, Adams?
    Adams Rubble: Well exploration of reality os one of the goals
    Adams Rubble: Is it systematice?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: we introduce ideas to each other, and play with them.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: at least that's how I have experienced the system.
    Adams Rubble: I blog regualrly and it keeps me more systematic than most maybe
    Dozen Parx: Pause sounds like a tool for exploring in a systematic way
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: it is a bit of system, I guess.
    Adams Rubble: but I don;t know that I would call it that
    Adams Rubble: Yes Dozen
    Dozen Parx: I like the sound of it
    Adams Rubble: The more one pauses, the more things seem to keep moving
    Adams Rubble: Pema talks about the experience as we being ships moving in the water
    Adams Rubble: The more one pauses, the more the ship seems to be in motion
    Adams Rubble: We stay engaged
    Dozen Parx: It's a nice idea - not lots of baggage
    Adams Rubble: We are supposed to shedding baggage :)
    Adams Rubble: to be
    Dozen Parx: No ritual, or belief, or guilt....
    Adams Rubble: Exactly
    Dozen Parx: just a little promise to stop and look every once in a while
    Adams Rubble: Pema calls it the 1% tax
    Adams Rubble: we devote 1% of the day
    Adams Rubble: if we do it all the time
    Dozen Parx: It's a good practice for busy people
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.

    Corvi adds what we get from other people in the group

    Corvuscorva Nightfire: there is something hidden in all that that I value more, though
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: what erupts from the people here....
    Adams Rubble: we learn from and support each other
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: yes
    Dozen Parx: Well, I guess a lot of people find erupting difficult elsewhere
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire laughs.
    Adams Rubble: This is a good place to erupt :)
    Dozen Parx: Conversation can be tricky
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: mmmhmm
    Dozen Parx: I'm afraid I have to go to find someone....
    Dozen Parx: A friend who is waithing on a help island
    Corvuscorva Nightfire smiles..ah
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: ok
    Adams Rubble: It was great meeting you Dozen and I hope you come again
    Dozen Parx: I hope to see you both again sometime
    Adams Rubble: bye for now :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: me too
    Dozen Parx: I have the card....
    Dozen Parx: :-)
    Adams Rubble: namaste

    Dozen leaves and Corvi and I discuss houses

    Adams Rubble: How is your house coming along?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire grins. I am very happy with it.
    Adams Rubble: It is nice to have a home in SL :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I still have a fire to create...and haven't figured out a way
    to play music except off the web.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: it is surprisingly nice
    Adams Rubble: I think that is how music is played most places but I know niothing about that
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I didn't think it mattered, before.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods...I don't either.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: but I'm sure I'll find out.
    Adams Rubble: I like putting my avatars to bed at might. I hate having them sleep out in the
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I have been sleeping on metaphorical couches.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: where is your home?
    Adams Rubble: In Buyeo. I have the northernmost guardian plot (at least for the present time)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire smiles..
    Adams Rubble: I am a bit up the coast from Wol
    Adams Rubble: Where are you?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: we're neighbors then....
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I'm west of Wol.
    Adams Rubble: Ah, that's nice
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I think west.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I'll have to look which direction.
    Adams Rubble: The coast kind of goes diagonal
    Adams Rubble: Do you know where Gaya is
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I'm in mangrove swamp...and I'm not sure about Gaya...I have
    been there
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: but not explored out of there
    Adams Rubble: Ah, yes I know the swamp

    We decide that with the half hour up, we should go and visit

    Corvuscorva Nightfire smiles...lets go on a home tour!
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: ?
    Adams Rubble: I am Gaya's neighbor to the north
    Adams Rubble: Yes, I would like to see your home. I haven;t seen most of the guardian's places
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.
    Adams Rubble: Oh you mean now?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: well...it seems to be me and you, the half hour is up....
    Adams Rubble: Hmmm
    Adams Rubble: Yes, the half hour is up. OK. I have to catch a train a bit early anyway. It
    will give me a chance to save the log
    Corvuscorva Nightfire sits back down, smiling.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: k
    Adams Rubble: OK, let's go
    Adams Rubble: Your place first?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: ok
    Adams Rubble: tp me?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: yes..one minute

    And so Corvi and I had a pleasant exchange of visits to our respective houses.

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