Concept

Moke Seit Phone Gyi

  • His mentor was the Buddhist Archbishop of Latvia and Lithuania.
  • When the Communists invaded their country, the pair moved to Burma.
  • The Burmese government allowed them refuge in a monastery in the “Ah Le Pyit Sa Yan” of Shwe Dagon Pagoda.
  • He would come to our parent’s house for alms.
  • He would be known as “Moke Seit Phone Gyi” (for his beard).
  • After his mentor’s demise, he became the Buddhist Archbishop of Latvia and Lithuania.
  • 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 critiqued my poem “Men on the Moon” and then gave a copy to Mr. Hall (USIS) to be forwarded to the Apollo 11 astronauts.
  • He gave a copy to the Guardian newspaper.

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