Non-Chat Chat, Meditation for Avatars (2006)

ABOUT MEDITATION FOR AVATARS

“A person using the Internet has the choice. Whether the Internet becomes material for happiness or for suffering depends on your mind. The mind goes before the external object.” Namygal Monastery, Institute of Buddhist Studies.

As an unlimited immaterial space, the Internet is a space for human projections. How people see the Internet greatly depends on how they use it. Meditation for Avatars is an online community network whose participants/computers process Mantras and send them through the Internet. Computers are extensions of the human being - those who think about the computer are also thinking about themselves. A computer that is charged with positive spiritual energy is able to pass on this energy to its user. In order to be able to receive this energy we need trust and faith in the positive.

FAITH COMES FROM THE PRACTICE

To have faith is difficult in the postmodern ...

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ABOUT MEDITATION FOR AVATARS

“A person using the Internet has the choice. Whether the Internet becomes material for happiness or for suffering depends on your mind. The mind goes before the external object.” Namygal Monastery, Institute of Buddhist Studies.

As an unlimited immaterial space, the Internet is a space for human projections. How people see the Internet greatly depends on how they use it. Meditation for Avatars is an online community network whose participants/computers process Mantras and send them through the Internet. Computers are extensions of the human being - those who think about the computer are also thinking about themselves. A computer that is charged with positive spiritual energy is able to pass on this energy to its user. In order to be able to receive this energy we need trust and faith in the positive.

FAITH COMES FROM THE PRACTICE

To have faith is difficult in the postmodern world. And even in 1670, the Pensées of Pascal already contained the author's recommendation that those unable to believe should initially pretend to do so - by lighting candles, celebrating masses, and so forth. Faith comes from the practice.

DELEGATED ENJOYMENT

In Meditation for Avatars the computers are their users' avatars. “All the pleasures of the world are nothing in comparison with the ecstasy derived from the joys of meditation,” says Swami Sivananda. In this case it is a form of delegated enjoyment - by allowing the computer to meditate, the pleasure is initially delegated to the computer. Users think that they lack sufficient time, perhaps, or are not entitled to meditate. Maybe meditation does not suit their self-image. But seeing that their computer meditates on a daily basis and moreover beginning to feel the benefits of meditation, many such sceptics will begin to think about following their computer's example.

WEBPROJECT / INSTALLATION

Non-Chat Chat Meditation for Avatars can be presented either as Website (Client) or as installation (Clients and Server). For a more detailed look on the work and how it can be presented see www.meditation-for-avatars.net/location

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