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Post by A_Martin » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:38 pm

PeterB wrote:Tell us more Bhante ?
:namaste:
Correction of failing memory, it was dec 1992 til sept 1994, for oct 1991 til nov 1992 I was living in chithurst and harnham monasteries. The rest of the time til feb 1995 in sharpham community, Devon England
In that time in Buddhahaus her husband (Gerd) was visiting us for a week and her daughter (if I remember correctly) with her family as well. In that time she was operated in Kempten on removing the fistbig cancer-lump in her breast. I was accompanying her on her retreat to Gaia house. She was talking a bit about her family, her husband and her upbringing.
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Post by PeterB » Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:11 pm

I had no specific questions Bhante...just interested in any anecdotes etc...I often find finding out about the lives of dedicated practitioners inspiring.

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Post by A_Martin » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:55 am

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.
Peter,
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.
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Metta Martin

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Post by PeterB » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:16 am

Thank you for that Bhante...Who is your teacher if I might ask ?

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Post by A_Martin » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:44 pm

PeterB wrote:Thank you for that Bhante...Who is your teacher if I might ask ?
My present teacher is (was for he died on 30 jan 2011) Than Acharn Maha Bua.
Metta Martin

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Post by PeterB » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:58 pm

:anjali:

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Post by pilgrim » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:43 am

A_Martin wrote: 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.
That's interesting. Few western teachers speak of such.

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Post by a la n » Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:27 pm

Hi - I took 5 precepts from Ayya Khema in 1980 at the Wat and did many retreats there with Laurence and Sister Khema. My kids and I used to take her dana when she came to Melbourne and stayed at the Buddhist societies house in Richmond. My 2 - 5 yr old daugher adored her. She was feisty, warm, precise, detailed, cautious, stern, mystical, straightlaced and when Laurence disrobed, furious and disbelieving.

I once sat for 10 days in her kuti seeing only Laurence in the afternoon and it was the most transformative time Ive ever enjoyed.

Her retreats at the Wat were sellouts because she was so popular and inspiring. Generally she always smiled wen she talked - her eyes were wrinkled at the edges with so much smiling.

Interesting to hear of Acharn Maha Boowas passing. I have a few old books Laurence passed on to me. He'll appreciate knowing, if he doesnt already, when I see him Saturday.

Nice to be on this forum.

cheers

Alan.

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Post by greensleaves » Tue May 24, 2011 9:11 am

Hi Delilah

I went to several meditation retreats with Ayya Khema at Wat Buddha Dhamma in the 80s. She was such a powerful woman - beautifully intelligent and logical in her presentation, but something of a steam roller in that there wasn't much opportunity to disagree with anything she said. She could be very simple and lovely in interviews - I remember she suggested taking flowers when I went to visit my parents. I remember a sense of being cared for and understood. I read her autobiography a long time ago and didn't like it - I found it curiously hollow, as though there wasn't much more to this person than Buddha Dhamma. A pity. I think she was a bit obsessed with Buddhism. I don't know the origins or reasons for that.

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Post by DNS » Tue May 24, 2011 3:31 pm

greensleaves wrote: as though there wasn't much more to this person than Buddha Dhamma. A pity. I think she was a bit obsessed with Buddhism. I don't know the origins or reasons for that.
And the problem with that is . . . ? :thinking: :tongue:

After all, she was a bhikkhuni.

I think when one gets advanced in the practice, the Buddha-Dhamma consumes the person's energy and time and other trivial pursuits matter less. It can still be in a wholesome way and not a dogmatic or fundamentalist way. One thing she definitely was not, is a dogmatic fundamentalist.

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Post by David2 » Fri May 27, 2011 10:28 am

There are many video-talks by Ayya Khema on this channel:

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Post by retrofuturist » Fri May 27, 2011 10:34 am

Greetings,
David N. Snyder wrote:
greensleaves wrote: as though there wasn't much more to this person than Buddha Dhamma. A pity. I think she was a bit obsessed with Buddhism. I don't know the origins or reasons for that.
And the problem with that is . . . ? :thinking: :tongue:
Ha... yeah, that's exactly what I thought too.

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Post by nobody12345 » Sat May 28, 2011 4:24 pm

A_Martin wrote:
PeterB wrote:Thank you for that Bhante...Who is your teacher if I might ask ?
My present teacher is (was for he died on 30 jan 2011) Than Acharn Maha Bua.
Metta Martin
Bhante, it's wonderful that you have/had an auspicious fortune to have him as your teacher.
And I agree that it's the best to follow the teachers who only have one side (on and off stage).
:anjali:

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Post by heyjude » Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:05 pm

Hi Delilah, I had the great pleasure of meeting your grandmother Ayya Khema several times. Many years ago whilst visiting Ramana Maharshi's ashram I met Narikuti Swami who knew Ayya Khema well in the early days. I believe in one of her books she named Narikuti Swami as one of her first teachers.

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Post by lbrasington » Wed May 23, 2012 2:51 am

Hi Delilah,

I was a long time student of your grandmother. She's without a doubt one of the most amazing people I ever met. I would be very happy to share memories of her with you. Visit my web site at http://leighb.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - you'll find my email address there. Then send me an email and I'll get back to you.

Metta,
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