Before I forget again to answer thereductor's above question: "Why didn't you take higher ordination? If you don't mind the question.
" Novices actually have a bit more freedom in movement than a bhikkhu and I just did want to, not knowing how long I was going to stay, have to contend with all the bhikkhu rules. Being a novice gave a feel for life in the robes (just a feel) and I am very thankful for the opportunity.
Bankei wrote:Nice pics Tilt. Looks like the man who later became the Sangharaja was your preceptor? Forget his name now.
Somdet Phra Nanasamvara, I think. Actually, being novices, we got foisted of on an other monk, who I saw only when I disrobed.
Did u meet any other western monks at the time? I think Kantipalo was there around that time too.
Wat Ba Pong was full of Western monks. They had not started the Western Wat yet. I did not get meet Ajahn Chah, he being off someplace, and as for the other Western monks the only one other than Ven Sumedho at Wat Ba Pong was Paul Breiter. There were other Western monks at Wat Bowan. Jotimano (if I am spelling that correctly) is the in the ordination photo. The one person who I did get meet that impressed almost as much as Ven Sumedho was John Blofeld. His warmth and openness were remarkable.
Ven Khantiplalo was, at that time, in Australia with the hippies. I am sorry I did not get to meet him. In the dark days before the internet the only option I had was to write letters, which I did, sending them all over the world. Got some replies but one of the best came from Ven K, hand written in this lovely cursive, very generous, close to ten pages. Thanks to him I started looking at the Theravada seriously, which before I had dismissed as hinayana (because that is what the books told me).