Yogi Gregory (previously Bhikkhu U Dhaminda) recently came to deliver a new Sure sm58 microphone that…

Yogi Gregory (previously Bhikkhu U Dhaminda) recently came to deliver a new Sure sm58 microphone that should not give feedback loops to the PA system during Patimokkha. It was recommended by a famous South African DJ that came here to practice after I pulled him aside to talk shop.

I arranged this via my supporter who was once a monk with me at both Pa-Auk and Nauyana. Yogi Gregory also delivered some other items as well, driving 6.5 hours from Yangon to do it in two days.

Yogi Gregory was once Bhikkhu U Dhaminda and helped with Sayadaw's first two books; The Light Of Wisdom and The Four Elements instruction book. While Yogi Gregory was here, he told me the unknown history of Ven Pa-Auk Sayadaw from the early days and a good chunk of his Meditation teachers and how he came to Mon State. Sayadaw does not answer these type of questions these days, although I guess he was obviously open about it in earlier times. As far as I know, it was all told to Gregory directly from Sayadaw himself, making it only second generation information with the only distortion being the memory of twenty plus years ago(!). I cut Gregory short and set up my recorder and made him start all over again. I got some good audio footage which needs only a small amount of editing.
That was a great discussion!
Bhikkhu U Dhaminda also wrote A Life Free From Money, A free vinaya PDF on the rules concerning money (ie. not handling it) which I recommend all monks to read. Easy to find on Google.


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Bhikkhu Subhuti is an American Buddhist Monk with roots in both Sri Lanka and Myanmar Forest Traditions. He currently resides in Myanmar but his heart sometimes floats back to Kauai, HI where he spent six months in 2015.