PeterB wrote:I had no specific questions Bhante...just interested in any anecdotes etc...I often find finding out about the lives of dedicated practitioners inspiring.
I didn't read her biography, so I don't know what I should tell or can. But One Day in November she asked us to open the windows of the meditation hall - it was quite chilly - and she mentioned the reason for doing so. The evening before devas came to her and asked her if it was ok with her to listen to her talks on Dhamma. With the windows closed they felt they were intruding. So she gave them permission to listen to her talks by opening the windows.
She was a very inspiring person, when I met her the first time in 1991 at a course she gave at Gaia house she invited me to stay with her at Buddha Haus. But before I had promised my first teacher Vimalo that I would stay at the English sangha for a year. After that I went to live at Buddha Haus. But living with her was different, than meeting her as a teacher. There was a private side of her and one as a teacher. I found that true with a lot of the spiritual teachers I met in Totnes at that time. Like Christopher Titmus, Christina Feldman, Tich Nathan, Steven and Martine Batchelor and so on. It was quite different when you met them in person or when they were "on stage".
Comparing it with the Venerable Teacher I have(had) now for 15 years, it certainly is very different, for he does not have a private side. If you come and see him privately or when he is in action, there is no difference whatsoever.