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to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:09 am

I promised in another thread some while ago, as I was just reminded, to post photos of my novice ordination. The fellow with whom I ordained went to become Ajahn Munindo, a student of Ajahn Chah and is now abbot of Aruna Ratanagiri. This was in late 1974 at Wat Bowan in Bangkok.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Reductor » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:18 am

You're the bespectacled one, right?
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:19 am

thereductor wrote:You're the bespectacled one, right?
Bespeckled I am.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Ben » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:24 am

Great photos Tilt!
One of these days, you might like to write up some of your experiences as a novice.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Reductor » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:41 am

tiltbillings wrote:
thereductor wrote:You're the bespectacled one, right?
Bespeckled I am.


Why didn't you take higher ordination? If you don't mind the question.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:50 am

Ben wrote:Great photos Tilt!
One of these days, you might like to write up some of your experiences as a novice.
kind regards

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Not really much to say. It was a "rains" retreat, which I took after the real rains retreat time. I wanted to see if the ordained life was for me. It wasn't, but I did get a lot out of it. No great stories, but small things such as alms rounds, which was a practice of great gratitude for the great generosity of the people who so kindly gave us food.

During a class with the abbot there was an American visitor who was recounting a very grim and serious story of his life, being crippled by arthritis, his struggles with meditation and such. While this was going on for some reason I glanced up at the ceiling of the room and there was a gecko stalking a very large moth. It was mesmerizing the life and death drama taking place over head. Slowly the gecko, upside down, moved towards its prey, all the while this difficult story is being told. I glanced around. No one else saw what I was looking at it, all being transfixed by this man's story. When the gecko got close enough, it shot forward, grabbing the huge moth in its mouth. The weight of the moth was too much for the gecko and it fell to the floor, landing exactly in front of the abbot's scabrous old dog, startling it. It jumped up, let out yip and bolted out the door. That was the damned funniest thing I ever saw in my whole life. Stifling a my laughter with what sounded like a cough, I stood up, gave a quick bow to the abbot and followed the scabrous old dog out the door, getting as far away from that room so I could laugh with tears steaming out of my eyes, collapsing to the ground in laughter. Some of the Thai monks passing by thought I had gone crazy.

Keith and I got to spend a week at Wat Ba Pong in the meditation hall with Ajahn Chah's recently dead mother. That was good time. I got to spend a lot of time with Ajahn Sumedho. He was very kind to me. We talked about Dhamma and bugs and whatever else. I learned a lot from him.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby plwk » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:57 am

Those were the days when faces were made to hold glasses the size of a espresso cup's saucer... :tongue:
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby alan » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:58 am

This is the first time I've seen you as a real person. Suspect the same is true for many others.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:02 am

alan wrote:Good to know you are a real person. It doesn't always come out on you posts.
Always the subtle one, you are, Alan.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:04 am

plwk wrote:Those were the days when faces were made to hold glasses the size of a espresso cup's saucer... :tongue:
Hey!! Those were very stylish glasses. And very heavy glasses. I'd been in a fuzzy world without them.
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby alan » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:04 am

Always the mysterious one you are!
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:06 am

alan wrote:Always the mysterious one you are!
But as you now see, I am the good looking one.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby alan » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:13 am

Certainly. As a fellow eyeglass-wearing, silly long haired person, may I ask what year this was?
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:16 am

alan wrote:Certainly. As a fellow eyeglass-wearing, silly long haired person, may I ask what year this was?
OP: "This was in late 1974 at Wat Bowan in Bangkok."
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:17 am

tiltbillings wrote:
plwk wrote:Those were the days when faces were made to hold glasses the size of a espresso cup's saucer... :tongue:
Hey!! Those were very stylish glasses. And very heavy glasses. I'd been in a fuzzy world without them.


Yes, very stylish back then...

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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby alan » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:23 am

May I also ask why you quit?
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:29 am

alan wrote:May I also ask why you quit?
I felt that my life would better lived a bit differently.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby alan » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:36 am

That is a decent answer. But most of us only know you through your dog-faced personae.
Who is the real Tilt?
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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:39 am

alan wrote:That is a decent answer. But most of us only know you through your dog-faced personae.
Who is the real Tilt?
Actually, it is a jackal. As for for the who is the real Tilt Billings, you'd have to ask Leo Kottke.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: to fulfill a promise

Postby Reductor » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:41 am

tiltbillings wrote:
alan wrote:That is a decent answer. But most of us only know you through your dog-faced personae.
Who is the real Tilt?
Actually, it is a jackal. As for for the who is the real Tilt Billings, you'd have to ask Leo Kottke.


:cry: And I thought your name really was Tilt. "What a cool name," I thought to myself.
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