2009.06.12 19:00 - Walking meditation and art museums

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Dakini Rhode. The comments are by Dakini Rhode.

    Adams, Resting and I chat about the upcoming Playasbeing retreat, meditation practice, and art museums

    Dakini Rhode: hi Adams :-)
    Adams Rubble: Hello Dakini and Resting :)
    Resting Thor: hi Adams, Dak

    Adams crashes...

    Resting Thor: waiting on Adam's book
    Dakini Rhode: ohoh
    Dakini Rhode: signs of crashing
    Resting Thor: bummer

    Adams returns...

    Adams Rubble tries different seat
    Dakini Rhode: wb Adams
    Dakini Rhode: we were waiting for the book you appeared to be typing
    Adams Rubble giggles
    Adams Rubble: It may be under the other cushion

    We chat about the upcoming Playasbeing retreat and Playasbeing practice in general...

    Dakini Rhode: Adams are you planning to attend the PaB retreat this summer?
    Adams Rubble: no I can't
    Resting Thor: how will that work?
    Dakini Rhode: nor am i
    Adams Rubble: It is a bad time and a little far
    Adams Rubble: there is a retreat in California at the end of August Resting
    Resting Thor: a group thing?
    Adams Rubble: It will focus on "appearance" from APAPB
    Dakini Rhode: it's 5 days, isn't it?
    Adams Rubble: yes 5 days
    Adams Rubble: about 13 people I think
    Adams Rubble: in the hills south of San Francisco
    Dakini Rhode: planning to get deeper with the practice
    Dakini Rhode: i have so many choices nearer to me, too much to do even
    Adams Rubble has never been on a retreat
    Dakini Rhode: would you like to do one?
    Resting Thor: what kind of pratice do you do adams?
    Adams Rubble: I would have gone on this one had it been a bit closer Dakini
    Adams Rubble: and Resting, I am not sure what I would call it. I have followed the PaB practice for a year
    Resting Thor: that answers my question
    Resting Thor: you must like the results then?
    Adams Rubble: I haven;t doen that well understanding Buddhism
    Adams Rubble: yes, I think it has been a bit of a short cut for me
    Resting Thor: you must be more mindful during the day as a result
    Adams Rubble: but I am in a state of drifting at the moment
    Adams Rubble: yes, when I do the stopping regularly I get focused on whatever O am doing

    the 90 second bell rings...

    Dakini Rhode: every time that 90 second bell rings i'm like... where was i?
    Adams Rubble: :)

    Walking meditation...

    Resting Thor: have you done walking meditation?
    Adams Rubble: only a little. Storm suggested a meditation he called Faru
    Adams Rubble: which involved picking up light behind you on the the inhale
    Adams Rubble: and laying it down in front on the exhale
    Resting Thor: or you could breathe in the worlds pain and breathe out happiness?
    Adams Rubble: I find it interesting that it sharpens my focus on what is around me
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Adams Rubble: that is a nice thought
    Adams Rubble: won;t it hurt?
    Resting Thor: breathe in pain, burn it up completely, breathe out happiness
    Resting Thor: have to destroy it inside you at the heart
    Adams Rubble: wow
    Adams Rubble: I'll try it :)
    Resting Thor: let it ride on your breath...don't change your breathing
    Dakini Rhode: when you take another's pain into your heart, it has no reference point
    Dakini Rhode: it dissolves automatically
    Dakini Rhode: you don't need to do anything
    Resting Thor: i like to explode it into little cinders hehe
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Resting Thor: lots of noise and bang
    Resting Thor: i'm a noisy guy
    Adams Rubble: hehe
    Resting Thor: keeps me from dozing off haha
    Adams Rubble: It sounds like a good exercise to practice opening one's heart
    Resting Thor: makes us more aware of others pain i think
    Dakini Rhode: or the emptiness of others' pain?
    Adams Rubble: This was the kind of thing I came to PaB looking for a year ago :)
    Resting Thor: and could plant seeds karmically to live in a world of happiness free from pain
    Dakini Rhode: pain without a reference point is not really pain
    Adams Rubble: maybe wouldn;t hhave been ready for it then
    Dakini Rhode: you know Vivienne of Peacemaker Institute?
    Adams Rubble: no
    Dakini Rhode: She's been posting the Lojong slogans on facebook
    Dakini Rhode: Lojong are buddhist slogans for training the mind and opening the heart
    Dakini Rhode: i think she had one about sending and taking a few days ago
    Resting Thor: many forms of tonglen
    Resting Thor: :)
    Adams Rubble: thank you Dakini
    Adams Rubble: Is that on her own page or the Instutes page?
    Dakini Rhode: it's one and the same
    Adams Rubble: :)

    The 90 sec bell rings...

    Dakini Rhode: ah where was i
    Adams Rubble: :)

    I was just kidding ;->

    Adams Rubble: peacemaker institute
    Dakini Rhode: haha yes
    Dakini Rhode: that and prison dharma network
    Dakini Rhode: i was waiting for the typing animation to stop but... doesn't look like it will
    Adams Rubble: who is typing?
    Dakini Rhode: it appeared to me that Dakini was typing
    Dakini Rhode: not to you?
    Resting Thor: i didnt' see any typing
    Dakini Rhode: interesting
    Adams Rubble: nor I
    Dakini Rhode: which is real lol?
    Adams Rubble: hehe. The pavilion is haunted
    Resting Thor: pabspirits
    Dakini Rhode: my server must have taken over

    We exchange information about meditation retreat resources and buddhist art museums...

    Resting Thor: so what started your quest a year ago adams
    Resting Thor: teh one that led u to pab
    Adams Rubble: It was time and SL offered an opportunity for exploration
    Resting Thor: what part of the country do u live in?
    Adams Rubble: spent some time visiting numerous spirtual places and ended up at the Zen retreat looking for Buddhism and found PaB :)
    Adams Rubble: east coast
    Resting Thor: so you are in ripe Buddhist lands :)
    Adams Rubble: am I?
    Resting Thor: NY city for sure
    Resting Thor: close to godstow?
    Adams Rubble: don't know what that is
    Dakini Rhode: i have so much "close" to me -- Kripalu in Mass, Omega Institute in NY, Karme Choling in VT, and KTD monastery in Woodstock, NY
    Dakini Rhode: lots more in NY too
    Adams Rubble: best to take the train to NYC :)
    Dakini Rhode: i agree
    Dakini Rhode: have you seen the Rubin Museum Adams?
    Adams Rubble: no not yet
    Adams Rubble: There are so many museums to go to when one gets to NY :)
    Adams Rubble: Just haven;t gotten there yet
    Dakini Rhode: but you know of it?
    Adams Rubble: oh yes
    Adams Rubble: looks interesting
    Dakini Rhode: a museum of tibetan buddhist art and artifacts, Resting
    Adams Rubble: I am more familiar with Chinese Buddhist art than Tibetan though
    Resting Thor: i know it well from the internet
    Resting Thor: would love to visit it
    Dakini Rhode is thinking field trip
    Resting Thor: http://www.himalayanart.org/
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Resting Thor: is one of my favorite sites
    Resting Thor: includes the rubin collections
    Adams Rubble: The Met has a wonderful collection of Chinese and Japanese art
    Adams Rubble: and the Newark NJ has an interesting collection of Tibetan art
    Resting Thor: really!
    Resting Thor: what is its name
    Resting Thor: i would love to know what they have
    Adams Rubble: The Dalai Lama visited there
    Dakini Rhode is hoping the computer doesn't eat THIS blog
    Adams Rubble: I think he dedicated an altar
    Resting Thor: looking for wheel of life thangkas
    Adams Rubble is not sure how much is on their website
    Resting Thor: would give me a contact tho :)
    Adams Rubble: they also have a first classs American collection
    Adams Rubble: but that won;t help you
    Adams Rubble: did you lose one Dakini?
    Dakini Rhode: last friday's apparently :-(
    Adams Rubble: Wol or Fael could get it for you
    Dakini Rhode: o good!
    Dakini Rhode: it was an interesting chat
    Adams Rubble: Wol is away tomorrow but will be back Sunday
    Adams Rubble: I stayed awake for almost the whole hour. hehe
    Dakini Rhode: you did well!
    Adams Rubble: hehe
    Adams Rubble: Learned lots of things :)
    Resting Thor: i like the fountain sounds
    Adams Rubble: Time for me to go. Good night. Hope you can make the Tibetan Class Resting :)
    Dakini Rhode: good night Adams
    Adams Rubble: thanks for the chat and all the information :)
    Resting Thor: happy to help anytime
    Dakini Rhode: time for me to go too :-)
    Adams Rubble: bye :)

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