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  1. Gathering now. Retreat day 2 Topic: $ noble truths and the 8 fold path. How can Buddhist principles apply to everyone from all walks of life? We will discuss the realization of the 4 noble truths, and how the 8 fold path can help others be kind and compassionate, focused, and have a more peaceful life. landmark: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ambition/116/35/22
  2. The center meditation area has been redesigned. A new building extends on the land for dharma, health and wellness, and sangha talks.
  3. Topic Plans: Sunday 9/1: History of Buddhism and Siddhartha. Schools of Buddhism Monday 9/2: The 4 noble Truths and 8 fold Path Tuesday 9/3: Transforming Mind. Ways to perceive things as they are and transform negative experience into wisdom and positive action. Replace negative thoughts with practice and focus. Wednesday 9/4: Wellness: Healthy body healthy mind. Eating right, and healthy perception. Thursday 9/5: Deeper meditation. Evaluating situations that arise in meditation, evaluating them, and letting them go. Diamond mind meditation. Friday 9/6: Taking what we learn and reflecting positive actions and the 8 fold path in the community. Saturday 9/7: Reflection on discussions during the retreat: open discussion and questions. Longer meditation.
  4. Topic Plans: Sunday 9/1: History of Buddhism and Siddhartha. Schools of Buddhism Monday 9/2: The 4 noble Truths and 8 fold Path Tuesday 9/3: Transforming Mind. Ways to perceive things as they are and transform negative experience into wisdom and positive action. Replace negative thoughts with practice and focus. Wednesday 9/4: Wellness: Healthy body healthy mind. Eating right, and healthy perception. Thursday 9/5: Deeper meditation. Evaluating situations that arise in meditation, evaluating them, and letting them go. Diamond mind meditation. Friday 9/6: Taking what we learn and reflecting positive actions and the 8 fold path in the community. Saturday 9/7: Reflection on discussions during the retreat: open discussion and questions. Longer meditation.
  5. You can also see ID's of clients. THose are not in shared ips on a wifi but independent systems. All the same peopel from the same dorm happening to be on the same RP sim on Secondlife is a rare chance. Apartments don't share the same IP unless an apartment is providing free wifi, and onec again all those happening to be from the same apartment complex is rare. No apartment I have been in has ever had the same IP, and even large hotels have split nets and masks. THey are alts typically using Radagast or other botserv's to raise counts. On the larger RP sims before interest of funds ran low, we had member meetings were peopel gave feedback, input and how to improve things. That is somethign that helps it flourish.
  6. He isn't talking about the content. He is more talking about the landscaping as well. Flat areas with very little flow. Lack of blending prefabs around edges to blend and setting proper region textures and levels to also flow. Many don't take the time to adjust the estate level textures and create their own to better blend. Nor create ruff and rondom areas to look natural. There are some that do over time (it takes time) but there are some where it becomes a bit typical. Builds can be often edited. Just because you use say one of Felix's prefab castles, doesn't mean it has to look like that. Retexturing is part of the fun. Creating additional mesh to flow off it seamless is part of the fun and artistry. Placement to form good market places, taverns, and flow is fun and attracts people. I created a sim size Mordor and tower that people were amazed by. The vision and bringing it to life helps RP flow, as well as creatign events or quests that take people through all areas of it, rather then standing around alt chatting. On the personal attack aspect. It is clear some people can't function in real life community aspects so will have the challenge in RP. You don't want to confuse the character as with some they challenge is to try and be the polar opposite of oneself. IT is easy to see when the rudeness and habits are just an aspect of oneself versus character. If they attack out of character, that is their ego and attachment issue and its best to ignore them and slowly pull them out of the RP with little interaction if they are causing flow harm. Im a very nice person but I am also very direct and very forward and intelligent. If im blunt it is for that persons well-being as well.
  7. Sadly RP sims come and go. Many are friend started and buddy systems where many don't stay. Other claimed large ones have traffic inflated by bots logged on often with BOTserv and Radgast. I will say I dj'd one and I see the ips, and was shocked that out of 60, there was only 12 independant ips, and they should have left media stream connecting off as an option. There are good ones that are focused on RP story, events, and equal progress. Then there are those ego inflated ones that are simply not worth effort when you are often rping with the same person behind 4 alts on the same area. Balance and experience is important, but Many well structured Sims have disappeared.
  8. THe info is on the parcel entrance . Glad you found it. Sorry I didn't replay earlier in the week.
  9. There are some truths about Texas and some that are simply to narrow because Texas varies in ideas, political support and community. Here in the south side of Houston, People around the surrounding annexes tend to be more moderate and liberal. It is a cultural melting pot, and Dallas and Austin also follow that pattern. Further south in galveston is a whole different place, where it is an island community a different then mainland Texas with a wide variety of people. Suburbs away from main cities tend to be more far right, and conservative towards others. In 90% of the main texas regions especially along I45 , no one can drive worth a darn and are straight up disrespectful especially in pickup trucks.
  10. The tilia section is a different from just accesign your tilia account. Tilia is not linden labs and is separated. If you are not processing the funds then you are not taxed , and if you remain under 20,000 USD processed you do not have to pay tax to the IRS. The catch however is combined income. If you are retired, use second life as a subsidized income, and stay under the required bracket you can actually avoid paying income tax. Most people on SL minus large vendors and land owners won't be in that bracket. THere is other factors involved. NEver transfer funds you use to pay LL services in a given year (total sims X total Tier and fees plus 10% should always remain. That is not taxable income and safe. THe IRS website explain more details were virtual payed funds for services can be affected in certain ways, right now it's not a factor of tilia. IRS wants as much as they can get which is ridiculous. However that is the law, regardless of what players due, and services due. Keep yourself protected. Anything stored in Tilia however has there own service agreement. Most will have an active account but there are times people get frustrated, leave SL, and forget. If that is the case set a reminder for 11 months for tilia involved funds. The main aspect is money laundering.
  11. Don't transfer more then 20,000 in a given year and you won't be issued a reportable 1099
  12. You are trying to justify yourself without any need. I Deal with such things in real life, there is nothing you can tell me when it comes to tax codes, so be clear of that. When you use tilia, and covert to a US dollar, there are fees associated. If the account becomes unused, there are in FACT fees associated. Saying there isn't is 100% in fact wrong. back to active status. Tilia aspects are not owned by Linden labs when currency is exchanged. It is third party. It is outlined by linden labs. It is outlined in the agreement when you use Tilia. I recommend you read it completely. I know because I did an exchange on our 1 account through my partner, which we moved it off since he won't use it for exchange, and only mine. With the zero balance now, we received an email specifying about the fees if left with a zero balance for 12 months (the original contract specifies any fees left in 12 months or longer, but now inactivity means regardless of funds and the accoutn is not used for 12 months (has to be closed). on the tilia side, it is a contract. Yes you can use it for paying your monthly tier on a server contract. The tilia aspect is different then before. Tilia is a third party service. Even if one aspect is non-profit. To move it to the charities external account there is a fee. Our external does not charge a fee because it is non-profit status, The identification registered with Tilia is the non profits, with 2 additional ID's of those authorized as agents. . Tilia is the provider for virtual tokens and USD storage of exchange funds for linden labs. They have changed the maintenance fee with the deal with LL. Which is good news. Inactivity was changed to a whole year rather the the old 3 and 6 month one. Internal $L, or balance to pay tiers are not affected by fees unless exchanged for US currency.. --------------------------------------- Tilia may offer an “In-Platform Exchange” through which Platform users may purchase Virtual Tokens or exchange Virtual Tokens for a credit to their Stored Value Balance (as defined in Section 3.3.1 below) in accordance with these Terms. Internal $L, or blance to pay tiers are not affected by fees unless exchanged for US currency.. -------------------------------------------- "If you have funds in your Stored Value Balance and have not made any transfers to or from or otherwise accessed your Stored Value Balance for a period of twelve (12) months, your Stored Value Balance will be deemed an “Inactive Account.” Other forms of access besides a transfer include, for example, a balance inquiry or accessing your Account. Unless prohibited by applicable law, we reserve the right to deduct from any Stored Value Balance that is an Inactive Account a fee in the amount of the lower of (i) the amount set forth in our Fee Schedule or (ii) the balance of funds in the Inactive Account (the “Inactivity Fee”). The Inactivity Fee will be charged each successive month for as long as the Stored Value Balance is an Inactive Account." We will deduct an Inactivity Fee from your Stored Value Balance each month until one of the following events occurs: you make a transfer of funds into or out of, or otherwise access, your Stored Value Balance, such that it is no longer an Inactive Account; or the balance of your Inactive Account reaches zero; or you process a credit from your Stored Value Balance to a permitted account as described in Section 3.3.3 above. ---------------------------- Be sure to have funds of some sort if not using it for a long period, or close the account if you are nto goign to possibly log in for 12 months or longer.
  13. You need to read a bit further into. This is a good resource. https://www.taxlitigator.com/virtual-currency-constitutes-taxable-property-for-u-s-federal-tax-purposes/
  14. That's what I stated. Any virtual money exchanged for real currency is subject to federal and state laws. The new Tilia front is for those transfering fund credit to an outside financial group, including paypal, a bank account ect. Any virtual funds cashed out and placed in the Tilia (Third Party) exchange subject to fees by tilia, even if not yet transferred, should the use drop and become inactive.. I used to earn a significant amounts in SL, and during one period, after making so much, was required to report it. Cashing out was easier then, but now it is directly reported monthly rather then at the end of a year. The difference is it was for non-profit community support so we had to then file a secondary exempt form with all financial transfer records to the charity. (Applies to cashout to external accounts). be sure to check close with the fees once money is transferred to lindex, the moment you request it, there are fees. Conversion to Real USD, including account credit is still USD, but internal. As long as it can not be transferred to another account (External), it is ok. THe moment they allow it, ID is required. The IRS is interested in profit for tax reasons.. Even tho transfering to personal bank accounts is what the IRS will look for. Things they Do report and check. Large amounts of linden, transferred to another account that is then cashed out. In somes over 1000.00 USD worth, they record it. There have been cases the FBI has actually tracked such exchanges on Secondlife and other virtual worlds. The tax documentation is a requirement via the IRS and as explained in Linden Lab’s original blog post, will be sent when people reach certain transaction thresholds via processing credit and sales on the LindeX. Linden Lab are required to file a 1099K for US residents who make more than 200 transactions and those transactions in total are above USD$20,000. Most will not reach the 20,000.
  15. I met my RL fiance in SL. I was the DJ for engine on my other main. We talked and spent tiem together. He finalized things in Utah, moved here, and we are engaged, so yes it happens. We still use SL, I run the Buddhist center for Bellisseria, he likes roleplay as a dwarf ect, and ill join in for story pots with groups.
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