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Postby 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.

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Postby 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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Postby David2 » Fri May 27, 2011 10:28 am

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


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Postby retrofuturist » Fri May 27, 2011 10:34 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Postby 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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Postby 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 - you'll find my email address there. Then send me an email and I'll get back to you.

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