The call to prayer - the meditation - reflection - silence - words of wisdom - musical song that carries the the spirit to a quiet place.
The following is taken from the Buddha Center guide - not my words but those of Ven Wayne Ren-Cheng - I happened on the center while searching for items for the Chinese new year. Nothing happens by chance. =^_^= I could not help but join in the meditation and benefit in the moment. Peace.
Virtual Reality . . . not . . . Virtual Fantasy
By Ven. Wayne Ren-Cheng
The Buddha Center is virtual reality not virtual fantasy.
Second Life is a virtual world. There are two ways to view this virtual world. Seen as a virtual fantasy an avatar can be a fuzzy, an animal, a vampire or a superhero. They can walk around nude or bristling with weapons, modern and ancient. The avatar can engage in adventure, sexual and fantasy role-playing. It is Second Life as a virtual fantasy and many folks enjoy it for that reason.
At the Buddha Center we experience Second Life as a virtual reality. The space is meant to be a virtual representation of the real physical aspects of Buddhism. Towering stupas, serene Buddhas, the Deer Park inhabited by the animals that named it during the Buddha's time, and a temple designed with everything needed to sit in meditation and to learn about Buddhist philosophy, practice and spirituality. The Buddha Center is a virtual place with a real intent.
The Buddha Center teachers and staff are serious about and committed to offering a way of living that they have experienced as positive and affirming. It is not a game or a fantasy to us . . . it is a real commitment to offering the dharma.
Zino and Delani, the founders of Buddha Center move always forward with the vision of a destination in Second Life where people who are curious can learn, where those who can't access a real life sangha can come together with like-minded people, and where Buddhist teachers of all traditions can offer the dharma. It is real Buddhism in a virtual world.
We request that every visitor respect the space and the people by:
-Asking yourself if what you are wearing is appropriate for where you are. (No nudity, partial or otherwise.)
-Leaving all weapons at home including harsh talk.
-Not talking, by type chat or voice during meditation sessions and lectures. (IM when it is needed to help a sangha member with a problem.)
-Not soliciting or advertising products or services.
Please respect these rules
The buddha center staff