2009.04.15 13:00 - Play as Being Retreat Center #2

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    The Guardian for this meeting was genesis Zhangsun. The comments are by genesis Zhangsun.

    Wol Euler: hello corey
    Corvuscorva Nightfire grins. Heya, Wol.
    Wol Euler: you're looking very cool today.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: oh, Gen!
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: sorry!
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: i've taken your seat!
    Wol Euler: hello gen
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi!
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I'm being Corey today *grins*
    genesis Zhangsun: wow Corvi like the new look
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: thanks.
    genesis Zhangsun: You look different to me too Wol, new hair?
    Wol Euler smiles. Yes, a new colour of a favourite style
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Hiya, Pila!
    Wol Euler: helo pila
    Pila Mulligan: greetings Corvi, Wol and gen
    Wol Euler: and a slightly different skin too, to be precise :)
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi Pila!
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Hi, Mickorod!
    Pila Mulligan: hi Mick
    Mickorod Renard: hiya Folks
    Wol Euler: hello mick
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi Mick!
    Mickorod Renard: Corv ,pila ,wol gen
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: To remind everyone, for the first 15 minutes of this session, the theme is the potential PaB retreat facility.
    Mickorod Renard: ok
    Mickorod Renard: hi Steve
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Hi, Steve!
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi Steve!
    Wol Euler: hello steve
    Mickorod Renard: is this the retreat in the USA?
    Pila Mulligan: hi Steve
    Pila Mulligan: it could be anyehwre Mick
    genesis Zhangsun: no this is about the building of a permanent PaB retreat center
    Mickorod Renard: ok
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: nope, this is a discussion of a possible facility..not the retreat event coming up.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire smiles.
    genesis Zhangsun: though that is still open by the way
    Mickorod Renard: yes
    genesis Zhangsun: I am still shamelessly promoting it :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods. Thre are still spaces in that retreat for those who want to go?
    Mickorod Renard: I would love to come over for it
    genesis Zhangsun: yes absolutely
    stevenaia Michinaga: is this seat open?
    Pila Mulligan: yes, do you have a tyicket?
    genesis Zhangsun: we just need to know and there is a deposit due May1st for half the amount
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: remind us what half the amount is?
    genesis Zhangsun: which is around 210
    genesis Zhangsun: dollars
    Corvuscorva Nightfire grins. K.
    genesis Zhangsun: or $250
    genesis Zhangsun: depending on if you want your own room
    Pila Mulligan: gen, the new guaridan Eos may be interested
    Mickorod Renard: my life is just a lil too complicated at the moment
    genesis Zhangsun: Pema and I spent some time there last week and it was amazing
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I bet!
    genesis Zhangsun: we found there is a very interesting Dzogchen connection with the center
    Wol Euler: yeah, I wish I could ...
    genesis Zhangsun: which I was not aware of
    genesis Zhangsun: before
    Pila Mulligan: what were some of the parts of the place that you liked best gen?
    genesis Zhangsun: ok finished shamelessly promoting :)
    Pila Mulligan: segue
    Mickorod Renard: I would like to know about the Dzogchen, sometime,,maybe later
    genesis Zhangsun: not to sound too flaky but it had the most wonderful energy
    Pila Mulligan: can you elaborate?
    Mickorod Renard: hi Sophie
    Pila Mulligan: hi Sophia
    Mickorod Renard: and Sophie
    sophia Placebo: hi mic pila all
    Pila Mulligan: hi SophiaSharon
    genesis Zhangsun: well I immediately lost all care about daily regular concerns
    genesis Zhangsun: and within the first ten minutes I'd lost my purse
    Wol Euler: hello sophia
    genesis Zhangsun: had no idea where I put it
    Mickorod Renard: lol
    genesis Zhangsun: and didn't care
    Pila Mulligan: how much of the feeling was due to the natural environment, would you say, gen
    genesis Zhangsun: :)
    Wol Euler: and hello SophiaSharon
    Pila Mulligan: as oposed to the built facility environment
    SophiaSharon Larnia: Hi all
    Mickorod Renard: maybe it was Pema's charisma?
    Wol Euler: :)
    genesis Zhangsun: not sure if the "spiritual" aspect is separable from the natural enviornment
    genesis Zhangsun: not Pema's charisma :)
    genesis Zhangsun: *nor
    Mickorod Renard: grin
    genesis Zhangsun: they are all part of it I am sure :)
    genesis Zhangsun: there is something about a place where people are chanting on a daily basis
    Corvuscorva Nightfire smiles.
    genesis Zhangsun: its almost palpable
    Pila Mulligan: yes, and that was part of my curiosity -- I wonder how much boost comes rom that, and how much starts with the surrounding nature
    Pila Mulligan: from*
    Mickorod Renard: I remember going to a monastery in Nepal i think, where that was the case
    Mickorod Renard: oops
    genesis Zhangsun: I am really excited by the idea of getting to focus on PaB in that environment
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: This almost seems like a perfect spot to start brainstorming on what we would want in a permanent facility.
    genesis Zhangsun: I think the feeling of "getting away from it all" really allows you to go in more deeply
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.
    genesis Zhangsun: yes Corvi please sorry if I am dominating
    stevenaia Michinaga: perhaps it will influence the nature of the RL PaB facility
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: no..i think this is good and important to both discussions!
    Mickorod Renard: how much one can let go of everyday ,issues is an element
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: what alllows for that?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: what makes it easier?
    Pila Mulligan: not having a telephone for one
    Mickorod Renard: I think some feeling of surrender
    genesis Zhangsun: yes its amazing how much your own posessions begin to possess you
    genesis Zhangsun: it was a relief to forget about about my purse
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    genesis Zhangsun: the date planner, the cell phone, the emergency water, tissues, etc
    Pila Mulligan: the baggage
    genesis Zhangsun: yes literally I let go of my baggae
    genesis Zhangsun: *baggage
    Mickorod Renard: sounds nice
    Wol Euler: :)
    Mickorod Renard: I have dificulty remembering such a time existed in my life
    Pila Mulligan: well, so far no one has expressed interest in residing at a PaB real life factility, so it seems we are looking at it without that element
    Pila Mulligan: that residential aspect
    Pila Mulligan: so daily chanitng will be occsional
    Corvuscorva Nightfire smiles.
    genesis Zhangsun: well you could always have a prayer wheel to do it for you :)
    genesis Zhangsun: mantras all year long
    stevenaia Michinaga: if you make it inviting enough, asking someone if they want to live there will be easy
    Mickorod Renard: hey, dont tempt me
    sophia Placebo: i'll leave quietly
    stevenaia Michinaga: what would you like other than food to tend to such a place?
    stevenaia Michinaga: it's an open question
    genesis Zhangsun: I would love to stay year round but I have a family I think this what appealed to me about PaB and SL
    Mickorod Renard: my mind started wondering off into hugh hefners place
    stevenaia Michinaga: so if your family could stay there with you, Gen?
    genesis Zhangsun: the idea that a monastic life could be integrated into regular life
    genesis Zhangsun: perhaps Steve interesting idea
    genesis Zhangsun: on one hand it might stress me out and defeat the purpose of the "retreat" on the other hand perhaps that is the true challenge
    stevenaia Michinaga: some of us aren;t "hermits"
    genesis Zhangsun: to be on retreat as opposed to "retreating"
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.
    Pila Mulligan: hi arabellla
    Mickorod Renard: hi Ara
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi Ara!
    arabella Ella: Hiya everyone!
    Wol Euler: hello ara
    Mickorod Renard: would the permanent person be like the caretaker and gardener too?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: could be.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: or not
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: that is definitely one model.
    genesis Zhangsun: I am curious, with the RL retreat coming up, what do people see as the point of a retreat
    genesis Zhangsun: how could we see it benefiting us :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: both a retreat like the one this summer and a permanent one?
    genesis Zhangsun: if we could understand why we like it we might be able to come up with how to do it
    genesis Zhangsun: yes Corvi
    stevenaia Michinaga: isn;t the point of the retreat to see what the point of the retreart will be?
    genesis Zhangsun: :)
    Mickorod Renard: good point Gen
    genesis Zhangsun: sounds like a koan
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: lets try it from that question for a moment though.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: PaB is something we do as a part of regular life.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Why do a retreat?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: or have one?
    genesis Zhangsun: to go deeper in
    genesis Zhangsun: to let go things we are not even aware we are holding on to
    Pila Mulligan: well, there is the phyiscal presence part, also -- that is PaB's most immediate limitation in SL, and in a RL meeting the physical presence makes for a more complete experience
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.
    genesis Zhangsun: indeed Pila good point
    genesis Zhangsun: also to shift us out of our ordinary way of thinking about our lives
    genesis Zhangsun: a change of scenery can change your entire perspective
    Wol Euler: may I play devil's advocate for a moment?
    Pila Mulligan: please do Wol
    arabella Ella: are you discussing the summer retreat or a permanent retreat as i feel a bit confused
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: both, Ara.
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    arabella Ella: ok ty
    Wol Euler: nothing that has been said so far really speaks to the need for a specific and special PaB permanent retreat.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: We're talking retreat in general, this moment.
    Wol Euler: ah, ok, sorry; I'll back down then.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: nono..
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: go ahead!
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: that is a question on the table.
    Pila Mulligan: Wol, the rl facility idea is just an inspriastion of Pema's
    genesis Zhangsun: go ahead Wol, devil's advocate is a dirty job but someone's got to do it :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire grins.
    Wol Euler grins. As was PaB itself :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: right.
    Wol Euler: (an inspirateon of Pema's)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: so..
    Pila Mulligan: inspiration*
    Wol Euler: what we've talked about so far could be done at a rented place, maybe even in a hotel.
    Pila Mulligan: yes indeed
    Pila Mulligan: it could
    Wol Euler: What is special about the kind of retreat taht we might do, that needs a special place?
    Wol Euler: what are our needs and wishes?
    genesis Zhangsun: yes Wol that is the question
    Wol Euler: what would we actually DO there?
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: and your answer,Wol?
    genesis Zhangsun: why do we need a PaB specific retreat center?
    Pila Mulligan: my guess is that it would inlcude what we do here
    Pila Mulligan: talk about epxereinces of reality
    Mickorod Renard: personaly, i would say a retreat would be like a second home,,offering security and comfort with familiar surroundings and friends
    stevenaia Michinaga: Perhaps the thought of a PaB "place" is really opposed to the nature of PaB
    stevenaia Michinaga: excpet we are humans and places attract energy
    genesis Zhangsun: one argument may be that such a retreat center is not "necessary" but a celebration of PaB
    genesis Zhangsun: certainly PaB does not reside in one place, one point in space but the center could be a way to express our celebration
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: or could be a purse?
    Wol Euler smiles
    Wol Euler: a portable retzreat
    Mickorod Renard: I do wonder whether being at a retreat , speaking one to one with someone would excelerate the progress on an individual basis
    Corvuscorva Nightfire laughs.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods, thoughtfully.
    genesis Zhangsun: hehe I almost saw reztreat
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: hahah
    genesis Zhangsun: where ever you go you can rez it
    arabella Ella: :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I think one thing that a retreat center would do would be allow us a place to go when we are stuck.
    Mickorod Renard: yea,,a travelling Caravan
    Wol Euler: if that is a goal, then it has to be "central" in terms of accessibility
    Wol Euler: (which might only mean "near a major airport"
    genesis Zhangsun: yes Wol that seems key is that people can actually get to it
    Mickorod Renard: somewhere mid Atlantic? or mid Pacific?
    Pila Mulligan: north pole :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire giggles at the North Pole.
    Mickorod Renard: that will have gone soon,,have to be south pole
    Pila Mulligan: equidistant
    arabella Ella: too cold for me :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: that would keep one focused!
    Wol Euler: that's going too, thoguh.
    genesis Zhangsun: I am starting to feel what we have right here is pretty damn good
    Mickorod Renard: yea,,but there is land benieth south pole
    Wol Euler: at least until RL TPs finally get fixed :/
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: heheh
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: What we have here is very good.
    Mickorod Renard: how many people would it need to facilitate?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire thinks.
    Pila Mulligan: actually Princeton is probably as close to the center of PaB memebrship as anyhting
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.
    Mickorod Renard: princeton sounds good
    Mickorod Renard: easy flights from europe
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: expensive place.
    genesis Zhangsun: I wonder if a little more rural might be interesting
    stevenaia Michinaga: and accessible by train from NYC and Phila
    genesis Zhangsun: really "getting away from it all" or do we think that is important?
    genesis Zhangsun: hard to be away from it all and central to everyone and everything
    Mickorod Renard: i think climate may be valuable too
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: there are places not too far from airports that are rural.
    Pila Mulligan: http://www.sjbsea.org/ here's one in rural NJ
    genesis Zhangsun: indeed so what would we find reasonable 1-2 hours?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Must go, all...I'll see you soon!
    Wol Euler: bye corvi
    arabella Ella: bye Corvi
    stevenaia Michinaga: bye Corvi
    genesis Zhangsun: bye Corvi
    Pila Mulligan: bye Corvi
    Mickorod Renard: bye corv
    stevenaia Michinaga: west costers seem to think 2 hours is close, on the east cost it;s different
    Mickorod Renard: I think, predominately, that you guys in US will be main users,,so you should work out whats best
    Mickorod Renard: and then bear in mind international airport
    Mickorod Renard: Hi Pema
    Pila Mulligan: hi Pema
    Wol Euler nods
    stevenaia Michinaga: Hi Pema
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi Pema
    arabella Ella: Hiya Pema
    Pema Pera: Hi everybody!
    Wol Euler: hello pema
    arabella Ella: Yes I agree with Mick ... sounds like those of you in US would be main users
    stevenaia Michinaga: We decided, PaB retreat will be in...Princeton
    Pema Pera: sorry to have missed the Hawaii part of the discussion :-)
    Pema Pera: hehehe
    stevenaia Michinaga: you do ahve a house there (perminent resident)
    genesis Zhangsun: we did?
    Mickorod Renard: yes Pema,,whats your address?
    stevenaia Michinaga: what's for dinner
    Pema Pera: Manhattan, a GREAT please to experience reality
    genesis Zhangsun: :)
    Pila Mulligan: we had a magnitude 5 earthquake here yesterday, quite phenomenal :)
    Pema Pera: *place
    Mickorod Renard: wow
    Wol Euler: O.O
    Pema Pera: did it affect the vulcano?
    Pila Mulligan: what is the meaning of vibration :)
    Pila Mulligan: I tihnk it was magma movement, Pema
    Pila Mulligan: nothing new yt though
    Mickorod Renard: whereabouts Pila?
    Pila Mulligan: 10 miles fomr my house, under Kilauea volcano
    Pila Mulligan: Hawai
    Mickorod Renard: lol
    Pila Mulligan: `i
    Pema Pera: was it fun?
    Pila Mulligan: so Princeton is not only more central, it is more stable
    Pila Mulligan: it was exctiing
    Pila Mulligan: no damage
    Pema Pera: is there a history of really large Earthquakes in Hawaii? Probably not, because you don't have plate boundaries, I'd guess
    Mickorod Renard: we had a good one in Uk last year,,i was on sl when it hit,,i cant believe the amount of movement yet no damage
    Pila Mulligan: isn't it exciting Mick -- we have some damaging earthquakes Pema, every few years, mostly associated with magma or rift zones
    Pema Pera: all we have in Princeton is Lyme disease . . .
    Pema Pera: ticks
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Mickorod Renard: at the time it felt like end of the world,,fun afterwards
    Pila Mulligan: [13:40] Corvuscorva Nightfire: I think one thing that a retreat center would do would be allow us a place to go when we are stuck. [13:40] ... [13:41] Wol Euler: if that is a goal, then it has to be "central" in terms of accessibility
    Pila Mulligan: this is how we got to Princeton -- a central location
    Mickorod Renard: stuck in what way ?
    Mickorod Renard: spiritualy or emotionaly?
    Pila Mulligan: I think Corvi meant a drop-in place as well as an event place
    Wol Euler: probably ...
    Pema Pera ponders "stuck in Jersey"
    Pila Mulligan: ever seen thi splace, Pema -- http://www.sjbsea.org/
    arabella Ella: i liked Mick's idea of a travelling caravan
    stevenaia Michinaga: don;t ponder that for to long
    stevenaia Michinaga: a floating retreat?
    Mickorod Renard: I do know that airfare to ny is alot cheaper than to california,,from a europe point of view
    Mickorod Renard: oops
    Pila Mulligan: incidentally, this is a site Thredee ofound -- a listing of existing centeres, some for sale even http://www.findthedivine.com/index.html
    Pila Mulligan: ooops also
    Pila Mulligan: retreat centers for sale: http://findthedivine.mapmate.com/maps/479
    genesis Zhangsun: I have to go to the Kira Team meeting!
    genesis Zhangsun: see you all later
    Mickorod Renard: those lovely log cabin retreats are nice
    Pila Mulligan: bye gen
    Mickorod Renard: bye gen
    arabella Ella: bye Gen
    Pema Pera: bye Gen!
    Wol Euler: oh right, kira team
    Wol Euler: bye all, gotta go.
    Mickorod Renard: bye Wol
    Pila Mulligan: http://www.findthedivine.com/propert...lgatehill.html -- just $2,975,000 in Litchfield, CT
    stevenaia Michinaga: bye wol
    Pila Mulligan: bye Wol
    arabella Ella: bye wol
    Mickorod Renard: lol,,who's paying?
    Pila Mulligan: Pema
    Mickorod Renard: he he he
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Mickorod Renard: does he know yet?
    Pema Pera: hehehe
    Pema Pera counting his bank notes
    Pila Mulligan: well, prices are going down, also
    Mickorod Renard: yea,,could save a bob or two
    Mickorod Renard: ok folks,,I have to go
    Pila Mulligan: bye Mick
    Mickorod Renard: nice chatting
    stevenaia Michinaga: same here
    stevenaia Michinaga: see you all soon
    Pila Mulligan: bye Steve
    Mickorod Renard: nameste to you all
    arabella Ella: bye Mick Steve
    Pila Mulligan: namaste
    arabella Ella: I must go too bye everyone!
    Pila Mulligan: bye arabella
    Pema Pera: hmmm, everybody leaves too quickly for me to say bye
    Pema Pera: collective bye!
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pema Pera: bye Arabella!
    arabella Ella: :)
    arabella Ella: bye Pema and Pila
    arabella Ella: was watching soccer results Pema
    arabella Ella: bye
    Pema Pera: yes?
    arabella Ella: oh Man United won againts Porto
    arabella Ella: and Arsenal won against Villareal
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    arabella Ella: so the two UK soccer teams move on to semi final for European finals
    Pema Pera must be one of the few Dutchmen not following soccer very much :)
    arabella Ella: sorry Pila - soccer is so european
    Pila Mulligan: the Orange did well last year
    arabella Ella: i only follow results
    arabella Ella: must go
    Pila Mulligan: I actually played in high school ara
    arabella Ella: bye
    arabella Ella: oh cool Pila
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: goalie
    Pila Mulligan: what brought you to Berzerkley Pema?
    Pema Pera: working with Stim
    Pila Mulligan: cool
    Pema Pera: and also with Genesis
    Pema Pera: on Kira organization issues
    Pila Mulligan: would you like to stop by Hawai`i while travelling to or form Japan?
    Pema Pera: the three of us just had lunch
    Pila Mulligan: you are welcome here
    Pema Pera: of course, I'd love to . .
    Pema Pera: it's a matter of time partly
    Pila Mulligan: and airline scheudles :)
    Pema Pera: and partly money: I get paid to visit Japan for my work
    Pema Pera: and stopping over elsewhere gives endless bureaucratic complications in Japan often
    Pila Mulligan: like with visas?
    Pema Pera: no
    Pema Pera: just reimbursements
    Pila Mulligan: ah :) per diem etc
    Pema Pera: they want endless detail of what exactly you do when where why how
    Pema Pera: yes, and airfare
    Pila Mulligan: we could do a chant on Mauna Kea :)
    Pema Pera: they may conclude that the Hawaii Pila Center that I visit will have to pay have my airfare :-)
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pema Pera: because I "split" my time between Tokyo and the Pila center :)
    Pila Mulligan: 99% - 1% sounds fine to the Pila Center
    Pema Pera: hehehe
    Pema Pera: well, we'll see
    Pema Pera: the most realistic option is for me to suggest to my wife that we'll take a vacation in Hawaii
    Pila Mulligan: have you ever looked into grants relating to a retreat facility?
    Pila Mulligan: there you go :)
    Pema Pera: we've already talked about the possibility
    Pila Mulligan: Threedee said something similar :)
    Pema Pera: not directly no
    Pema Pera: have you?
    Pila Mulligan: I wonder, with the tight ecoenomy, what there miay be
    Pema Pera: if you can find something, let us know!
    Pila Mulligan: npe
    Pila Mulligan: nope
    Pema Pera: may be hard, since we're talking quite a bit of money
    Pila Mulligan: usually, this type of thing needs an angel -- an interested individual
    Pema Pera: easier to get money for a single targeted retreat
    Pila Mulligan: yes, big bucks
    Pema Pera: well, I should get going too . . . meanwhile, who knows who will come along, some day?
    Pila Mulligan: ok, bye Pema
    Pema Pera: bye Pila!
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