Meditation for Avatars
“Meditation for Avatars” was the first meditation experiment conducted within a computer network. Since September 6, 2006, the day on which the “Blessing Server” went online, its members have accumulated more than 38 years of meditation time and processed thousands of mantras. According to statements by the Dalai Lama, the rotation of mantras on a computer hard drive is equivalent to spinning them on a prayer wheel.
From a technological point of view, the community network of Meditation for Avatars is based on an online database that gives network members tasks to perform which the database then checks and stores. It is a form of public computing, as with seti@home. Community statistics are made available to the user as a graphic representation. The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara – the embodiment of universal compassion – serves as a model. Each arm of the up to 1,000-armed bodhisattva represents a computer/avatarin the network.
2006 Online Community
Computer Installation Clients and Server