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.