I'm back from my trip to Sri Lanka -it was amazing to be in a such a spiritually saturated country (especially if you understand Sinhalese!). There has been such a great revival of buddhist teaching there..
In any case- I met Ven Nananda a few weeks ago. He was an amazingly intelligent man/monk! He would answer my questions before I finished asking them! He was extremely 'quick on the draw', even though he was in his 80's!
We had an interesting discussion on 'whirlpool' simile, which he is famous for. Incidentally I believe this is from one of his nibbana sermons which I believe can be found on this website:http://www.seeingthroughthenet.net/
One thing which struck me was his humbleness in being able to entertain new ways of looking at things, considering what a learned monk he is. He was very kind and generous- he gave me loads of his books free of charge to be given to people in UK. I have already given a batch of books to Ajhan Amaro at Amarawati monastery in UK. I'm hoping to give the other batch to Chithurst (incidentally I spotted one of our dhammawheel regulars who had got samanera ordination there! I think his name is 'Manapa').
Ven Nananda lives in a simple 'kuti' or hut/'cell' under a rock in a remote place in Sri Lanka (off Kegalle) - he does not accept money (an offer was kindly refused- he called it a 'snake'!). He I believe lives off one meal a day. The forest monastery is quite small and houses a few other monks who live with only basic amenities.
It was quite inspiring meeting this monk- he felt concerned that the deep dhammas were disappearing from the world and people wanted to simply listen to feel good dharma- hence his teachings on Nibbana- more than 20 of them!
So that is my story- if you have any further questions feel free to ask- I will answer them if I can!