By Bhikkhu Nanamoli
Gathered posthumous papers of the English monk-scholar Ñaṇamoli, who counts as one of many most appropriate translators of Pali Buddhist texts into English. in addition to being a proficient translator Ñaṇamoli used to be additionally a talented philosopher, thinker, and poet. in addition to a few longer essays, many of the notes are just one paragraph lengthy and have been written within the Nineteen Fifties as a Buddhist monk. The notes and essays take care of profound subject matters resembling ontology, metaphysics, nuclear physics, good judgment, yet there's additionally humour, irony, sarcasm and lightweight poetry. 4 essays have been prior released in a Wheel ebook referred to as Pathways of Buddhist concept. The notes have been accrued, edited and brought by way of Nyanaponika Thera.
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I’ll take a picture, print it out at home and let you have a copy when you get back to Hay. ’ We didn’t know at the time that this was Wayne and his mate’s first day in business, operating canoe hire. That they had no expertise in canoeing. That they hadn’t, either of them, been canoeing themselves for at least two years previously, and that neither of them had any idea of how fast or deep the river was running at a bend further downstream. The kids quickly got the hang of paddling the canoe, though Billie struggled a bit at first – the paddle seemed a bit too long for her.
She was at the centre of a happy family, a funny, quirky, loving little lass with a lot to live for. Her story is all of our stories, linked to where she was from, to those who shaped her – and were in turn shaped by her – her community and her ancestors. She lives now in memories and stories, in Heather’s paintings and the music Edward makes. 1. ’ This is my daughter Billie. It’s nearly ten o’clock at night, past her bedtime, and she’s still sitting at the desk in her bedroom with a table lamp on.
This last holiday at Hay-on-Wye was another adventure with the bookshops and the beautiful countryside. The tragedy of the accident while Ian and Billie and Edward were canoeing is not one that can be rationalized or understood. It is even hard to simply believe and come to terms with. We can all be grateful that at least Ian and Edward survived. They bravely did their best for their beautiful daughter and sister. There was a pause of the kind that happens on these occasions, punctuated with coughs and murmurs of agreement.
A Thinker's Note Book: Posthumous Papers of a Buddhist Monk by Bhikkhu Nanamoli