With his accomplished composure, Bhante-ji also managed the monastery’s ever-popular Myanmar (Burmese) Vihara Guesthouse. Day after day he often sat close to the entrance to the monastery’s leafy compound. Always calm, collected, and casual, he keenly observed, skillfully supervised, or merely let life’s daily activities unfold, particularly the endless arrival of weary travelers and Burmese pilgrims. Evenings, a small flock of friends and visitors would gather around him to share in his mirth and seek his wise counsel. Likewise, during my annual pilgrimages to Bodhgaya, Bhante-ji and I always found time to sit together, enjoy tea, laugh, and share Dharma stories.
Who else did he enable? Without the slightest fanfare, he tirelessly put all the Buddhist ideals into practice. He helped feed the hungry, educate the poor, and establish places of worship, Buddhist monasteries, and schools throughout India.