2009.02.03 13:00 - Snow, Buddhism, PaB Meditations

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Fefonz Quan. The comments are by Fefonz Quan.


    Scathach and me are in the Pavillion, both after a snowy day on RL. Tarmel appears very briefly during the session, and jumped swiftly to RL.

    I enjoy the snow, and Scathach, though got jammed in the traffic due to it, finds it a good opportunity to meditate.


    Scathach Rhiadra: Hello Fefonz
    Fefonz Quan: Hy Scath, was a little afk
    Fefonz Quan: good to see you though :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: Hi, yes you are still a sphere of white light to me:)
    Fefonz Quan: you see my real nature :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)
    Fefonz Quan: not less real than the avatar, for sure
    Scathach Rhiadra: true:)
    Scathach Rhiadra: its very quiet here, usually more people around
    Fefonz Quan: yes, i was surprised too, being teh GoC on this time slot for the first time
    Scathach Rhiadra: who was here before?
    Fefonz Quan: I'm not sure, Antonia joined the forces and wed 7am was good for her, so i gave it up and chose from the vacant ones
    Scathach Rhiadra: ah
    Fefonz Quan: here outside there is a beautiful snow falling down softly,
    Fefonz Quan: covering the tree branches and the grass and the roofs of cars and buildings
    Scathach Rhiadra: we have snow too:)
    Fefonz Quan: is there any specific PaB issue on your mind today?
    Scathach Rhiadra: not so nice though, it took me 3 hours to drive home from work, just 9 miles:)
    Fefonz Quan: wow, that's frustrating!
    Fefonz Quan: a lot of time to practice at the car )
    Fefonz Quan: Hey Tarmel, good to see you :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: true, it was sort of peaceful:)
    Tarmel Udimo: hey scath and fefonz
    Scathach Rhiadra: Hello Tarmel:)
    Fefonz Quan: it's nice that you say that scath, most of the people will go crazy
    Scathach Rhiadra: one of the benefits of meditation, and Buddhism:)
    Fefonz Quan titally agree
    Fefonz Quan: totally *
    Scathach Rhiadra: you realise that small things are not so important, can be an oppurtunity to practice
    Tarmel Udimo: sorry phone in RL byb
    Tarmel Udimo: BRB
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)


    We discuss Buddhist meditations, drifting to the Dalai Lama, India and Nepal.

    Fefonz Quan: which stream of Buddhism do you practice, if i may ask?
    Scathach Rhiadra: that is one of the things I notice about the 9 sec practice...
    Scathach Rhiadra: oh, mostly Tibetn Buddhism
    Fefonz Quan: so the practice involves many visualizations?
    Scathach Rhiadra: I go to the Dalai Lama's teaching a few times a year if I can, and go to a local Kagyu Cantre
    Fefonz Quan: Oh, that sounds great, hearing HH teach
    Scathach Rhiadra: hmm, yes, but I am more inclined to stick with basic meditation
    Scathach Rhiadra: yes, it is great to hear him:)
    Fefonz Quan: i only got to shake his hand in Dharamsala with all the tourists :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: over the years I keep coming back to mindfulness meditation
    Scathach Rhiadra: ah, you were in Dharamsala?
    Fefonz Quan: yep, during a trip to india. it is a beautiful and inspiring place
    Fefonz Quan: (been there at 97)
    Scathach Rhiadra: I was there in 80 and 89
    Scathach Rhiadra: not Dharamsala though
    Fefonz Quan: way ahead of me :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: mostly in Nepal
    Fefonz Quan: yeah, i got to nepal to, first on that trip, then in my honeymoon at 2007 :-)
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: Kathmandu is one of my favourite places in the world
    Fefonz Quan: I'm not surprised, and Pokara is beautiful too.
    Fefonz Quan: the best landscapes i'v ever seen
    Scathach Rhiadra: yes the lake and Annapurna range:)
    Tarmel Udimo: hi folks, I'm back, but its looking like I'll need to go
    Fefonz Quan: nice of you to come, Tarmel, even for a short while :)
    Tarmel Udimo: I am Guardian at 1:00 and have a lot to do until then, but needed my early morning SL hit :-)
    Scathach Rhiadra: yes, see you soon, take care:)
    Tarmel Udimo: bye all
    Fefonz Quan: one man's early morning is anothers night :)
    Fefonz Quan: see you :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: namasté.


    PaB and meditation, some likes and alikes arise during conversation. Scath defines PaB as micro-meditation. I like it :)

    Fefonz Quan: i also practice mostly vipashyana meditation
    Fefonz Quan: which is mindfulness for me
    Scathach Rhiadra nods
    Fefonz Quan: very PaB alike in many ways
    Scathach Rhiadra agrees:)
    Scathach Rhiadra: that is one thing I found with the 9 sec, if you have experience of mindfulness meditation, it is easier to 'fall into' it during the 9 secs
    Fefonz Quan nods
    Scathach Rhiadra: so it is really many micro-meditations, spread throughout the day
    Scathach Rhiadra: easier to keep focused the rest of the time
    Fefonz Quan: brb
    Scathach Rhiadra: ok
    Fefonz Quan: i'm back
    Scathach Rhiadra: wb
    Fefonz Quan: yes, you don't need to detach from daily missions
    Scathach Rhiadra nods
    Scathach Rhiadra: just like short refreshes, if that is a word, at regular intervals
    Fefonz Quan: i feel that it has the advantage of being imersed in the dialy schedule, because sometimes it is hard to bring meditation energies from long workshops / evenings to real life, leaving the two experiences separated
    Fefonz Quan: which miss most of the point for me
    Scathach Rhiadra nods
    Scathach Rhiadra: like living in two separate worlds sometimes
    Fefonz Quan: exactly, ML and RL
    Fefonz Quan: maxines workshop is about to start
    Scathach Rhiadra: and the trivial annoyances you encounter during the day don't have so much importance
    Fefonz Quan: they don't still they effect us so emotionally many times
    Scathach Rhiadra: yes, that is true, but the next 9 secs comes around so quickly, maybe it is easier to let them go:)
    Fefonz Quan: good point :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: well, I have to have an early night, got an early start in the morning
    Fefonz Quan: and i'll go for dreams, but the workshop kind :)
    Fefonz Quan: thanks for the talk, and have a good night's sleep :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: ah, I would just fall asleep at he keyboard tonight, so i will give it a miss this week
    Scathach Rhiadra: thank you, take care, namasté:)

    Fefonz Quan: _/!\_

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