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Notes (018) : Observation [8]

For archive (Updated on February 13, 2019)

Moke Seit Phone Gyi

Reverend Tennyson was the Buddhist Archbishop of Latvia and Lithuania. Reverend F. Lutvig was his assistant. When the Communists invaded their country, they moved to Burma, where the government allowed them refuge in a monastery in the “Ah Le Pyit Sa Yan” of Shwe Dagon Pagoda.

Reverend Lutvig would come to our parent’s house for alms. He would be known as “Moke Seit Phone Gyi” (the monk with a beard).

After his mentor’s demise, Reverend Lutvig became the Buddhist Archbishop of Latvia and Lithuania.

Ashin Ananda

He shaved his beard and was ordained as a Theravada monk with the title “Ashin Ananda“.

He is a Laureate Poet. He wrote poems in English and also published a book of translations of Burmese poems. He gave me an autographed copy of his book.

In July 1969, he critiqued my poem “Men on the Moon“.

  • He gave a copy to Mr. Hall (Information Officer at USIS) to be forwarded to NASA and the Apollo 11 astronauts. Mr. Hall put me on the USIS Subscription List.
  • He gave a copy to the Guardian newspaper for publication.

Observation :
It is a rare opportunity to learn from two non-native Buddhist monks

  • Mediation and sermons from U Lokanatha (Italian American)
  • Poetry from Ashin Ananda (Latvian).

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