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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:51 am

Lovely pictures...nice to see young you Tilt and also the young Ajahn Munindo.
I remember him saying that when he went back to New Zealand to visit his family his mother refused to use his ordination name. ( which was different then , it was later changed at his request by Luang Por Sumedho..)
Anyway he would be in his robes talking to people who had come to see him and his mum would shout " Keith ! * Would you like anything ? ".
Mums are great levelers aren't they ?

When telling this he would do it in broad Kiwi so it came out like " Kayth ! "......and he would answer " yiss mather !"
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:59 am

Sanghamitta wrote:Lovely pictures...nice to see young you Tilt and also the young Ajahn Munindo.
I remember him saying that when he went back to New Zealand to visit his family his mother refused to use his ordination name. ( which was different then , it was later changed at his request by Luang Por Sumedho..)
Anyway he would be in his robes talking to people who had come to see him and his mum would shout " Keith ! Would you like anything ? ".
Mums are great levelers aren't they ?
His folks were very conservative Christians and really were not wild about his choice of life, but as I remember from what he said, they were good people. And certainly Ven Munindo is one of nature's finer efforts, even before he toddled down the Path. Though I have not kept in touch with him, I do think about him from time to time. The photos I have seen of him, he looks like a man very happy within his own skin. If I were Jewish I'd say he is a real mench.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:02 am

A real mench indeed. Some of my happiest times have been listening to him addressing small groups, for which he has a kind of genius. The contact high lasts for days.

Actually Tilt did you ever spend time at Chithurst ? In your ordination pic you look very familiar.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:13 am

Sanghamitta wrote:A real mench indeed. Some of my happiest times have been listening to him addressing small groups, for which he has a kind of genius. The contact high lasts for days.

Actually Tilt did you ever spend time at Chithurst ? In your ordination pic you look very familiar.
Last time I was in England was 1975. So, who ever that good looking guy was, it was not me.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:23 am

It must have been your bhikkhu doppelganger..
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:34 am

Sanghamitta wrote:It must have been your bhikkhu doppelganger..
As many times as I have had it said to me, "you must have a twin or a bother that looks just like you," I have never seen whom ever it was that looks just like me. Very strange.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Aloka » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:19 am

Wow Tilt, I've only just found this thread, thanks for sharing ! You were a monk with the Forest Tradition, which is now my own prefered practice tradition ...How amazing is that ! :D



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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Ytrog » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:23 am

Wow, nice to see those photos. Must have been a good time. I was not even born in 1974.

About Mahayana: I always have something that strikes me as illogical and impossible about the Bodhisattva vow:
If you would promise to never become enlightened until everyone else does, then when a second person (anywhere!) takes that vow it immediately means that you promised to never become enlightened at all. There is a deadlock situation in the vow.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby bodom » Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:30 pm

Those are great Tilt thanks for sharing them with everyone. What a great experience that must have been for you! Very inspiring. I hope to have my own set of photos like that one day.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:14 pm

Aloka wrote:Wow Tilt, I've only just found this thread, thanks for sharing ! You were a monk with the Forest Tradition, which is now my own prefered practice tradition ...How amazing is that ! :D



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Not a monk in the forest tradition. I was a novice living in Bangkok. Keith (later to become Ajahn Munindo) went on to become a student of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho. I went home after about four months or so. Had I stayed, would I have ended up at Wat Ba Pong? Don't know, but maybe.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:18 pm

bodom wrote:Those are great Tilt thanks for sharing them with everyone. What a great experience that must have been for you! Very inspiring. I hope to have my own set of photos like that one day.
You are welcome; I am glad you reminded me. I learned a lot from it while I was there and I learned a lot from it after going home.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:27 pm

Great pictures, so far we have:

Jackal (past life)
Novice (earlier life)

What about a current picture??
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:37 pm

Cue a picture of a current... :smile:
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:40 pm

Sanghamitta wrote:Cue a picture of a current... :smile:

From a my recently ended Harley years:
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Ben » Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:58 pm

Nice photo, mate!
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Ytrog » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:04 pm

Wow, you're wearing big glasses compared to what you usually see these days :o

Nice photo. :mrgreen:
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:38 pm

Ytrog wrote:Wow, you're wearing big glasses compared to what you usually see these days :o

Nice photo. :mrgreen:
Geez, what with this focus on glasses. The lenses I wear now are very thin, very lightweight and very expensive.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby alan » Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:08 am

When did your Harley years end, and why?
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Ytrog » Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:52 am

tiltbillings wrote:
Ytrog wrote:Wow, you're wearing big glasses compared to what you usually see these days :o

Nice photo. :mrgreen:
Geez, what with this focus on glasses. The lenses I wear now are very thin, very lightweight and very expensive.


I did't mean to offend you. I was just surprised. ;)
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:15 am

Ytrog wrote:
tiltbillings wrote:
Ytrog wrote:Wow, you're wearing big glasses compared to what you usually see these days :o

Nice photo. :mrgreen:
Geez, what with this focus on glasses. The lenses I wear now are very thin, very lightweight and very expensive.


I did't mean to offend you. I was just surprised. ;)
not to worry, not offended. The large glasses were a deliberate choice to protect my eyes when riding my motorcycle. I was also during the period using contacts.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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