I don’t remember how it was… was I interested of Buddhism before Second Life or did I started to study Buddhism in SL. Nevertheless, SL’s Buddha Center has for years been my place to calm down and learn and meditate. Yes, meditate. It sounds odd, I know, meditation in virtual environment, but it is rather simple and flexible. I used to meditate both ways, in SL and at my home either sitting on the floor or lying on the sofa. I could hear speech or relaxing sounds from SL. It was very helpful for me during stressful time, and I hope I can soon start this mixed reality practice again.
Buddha Center is still going strong. I visited there last night and noticed they have Buddha Estates. I definitely could consider moving Buddhist community in SL. In real life it is not an option, so I always fill my houses with Buddha statues and posters and paintings and Tibetan decorations. My very first favorite shops in SL was Yak & Yeti, great quality freebie shop. I have tons of Annapurna’s jewellery and furniture and I still use many items I bought years ago.
My dearest SL pet ever is from Yak & Yeti, a cute little raccoon. At this pic he is on his way down because of my horrible pose (actually not a pose, snapshot taken while AO moving) – and look at those awful hands! I really need to buy mesh hands…
…but before any shoppings, I put my meditation pillow on the ground and just breath at least 5 minutes. Raccoon still on the shoulder.
EDIT: Buddha on the wall (Dukkha, free) from Tashi Aura’s shop.