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Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Ben » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:01 pm

This is an amazing story.

ROME — Christopher Knight went into the central Maine wilderness 27 years ago.

He built a hut on a slope in the woods, where he spent his days reading books and meditating.

There he lived, re-entering civilization only to steal supplies from camps under the cover of darkness. During those nearly three decades, he spoke just once to another person – until he was arrested during a burglary last week.

In between, Knight told police, he committed more than 1,000 burglaries, always taking only what he needed to survive. He became so familiar for his thievery and elusiveness that he spawned the local legend of the North Pond Hermit, who for years confounded both locals and police investigating the break-ins.

http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/Nort ... ?pagenum=1
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Ben » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:19 pm

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Coyote » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:23 pm

Amazing, if strange, story Ben!
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby plwk » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:27 pm

I think Dusty may have got some tips from him...
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What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby James the Giant » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:34 pm

What an interesting fellow... I hope the police don't prosecute him too hard.
Gosh, imagine 27 years of solitude in the woods, then being thrown in the county jail to await trial... A crowded, noisy, nasty concrete jail.
What a nightmarish contrast for him.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:55 pm

Weird that he spent time meditating AND stealing. Luckily jails in Maine aren't very crowd (I think).
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby alan » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:13 pm

I've been up in Maine. The coast is beautiful, but the woods are bleak and frigid in winter. No sensible person would want to live in there.
"Meditating"? Maybe not. I think he's just a nut.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Nyana » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:47 pm

Christopher Knight, Maine Hermit, Attracts Wedding Proposal:

    Knight has drawn international interest since his arrest, with an offer of marriage, an offer of bail and a ballad written in his honor. Attorneys in and outside Maine have expressed an interest in representing him, and one person wanted to provide him housing, officials said.

    There's even a book deal in the works.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby alan » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:52 pm

Which only proves how stupid people are.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby polarbuddha101 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:02 pm

Khalil Bodhi wrote:Weird that he spent time meditating AND stealing.


I thought that was rather strange as well.

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Sam Vara » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:14 pm

polarbuddha101 wrote:
Khalil Bodhi wrote:Weird that he spent time meditating AND stealing.


I thought that was rather strange as well.

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Illustrates the perils of one-sided practice! For a person who has really strong mindfulness but very weak sila, burglary is an ideal career choice...
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Ben » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:55 pm

Yes, it is interesting that he was meditating and stealing.
But I try not to judge people until I've had a chance to find out a bit more about them, what motivates them, and walking a mile in their shoes (if possible). I'm sure there are many hermits in our midst who are likely to suffer from acute asperger's syndrome or various other mental health issues. One young man who just pulled out of a course I am attending is a prime candidate of this sort of behaviour.

Despite the book deal and marriage proposal - I wonder whether this is just a tragedy in the making. After 27 years of seclusion and silence re-entering society via jail/prison and international media attention is probably a recipe for disaster.
Anyway, much metta to him.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby James the Giant » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:14 pm

I was astounded to read he did not have a camp fire at any time, not once. Because he was concerned the smoke would be seen.
In Maine, in the middle of winter!
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Ben » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:21 pm

James the Giant wrote:I was astounded to read he did not have a camp fire at any time, not once. Because he was concerned the smoke would be seen.
In Maine, in the middle of winter!


James, you don't need a fire to stay warm or cook. But yeah, he puts many wilderness campers to shame, that is for sure.
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loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby marc108 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:25 am

Ben wrote: I'm sure there are many hermits in our midst who are likely to suffer from acute asperger's syndrome or various other mental health issues.
Ben



very astute observation.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby BlackBird » Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:28 am

Ben wrote:Despite the book deal and marriage proposal - I wonder whether this is just a tragedy in the making. After 27 years of seclusion and silence re-entering society via jail/prison and international media attention is probably a recipe for disaster.
Anyway, much metta to him.
kind regards,

Ben


You said it. Unless of course his meditation has led to an ability to deal with such stresses. It's a shame he was a stealing to survive. It's cases like this where you sort of wish you could have introduced the guy to a monastery, where he could have had all he wanted (solitude) without the thievery.

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Buckwheat » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:45 am

Ben wrote:After 27 years of seclusion and silence re-entering society via jail/prison and international media attention is probably a recipe for disaster.
Anyway, much metta to him.


You are assuming that this is a re-entry to society. My deluded hope is that he learns his lesson, moves to California, and does the same thing minus the theft.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:32 am

Buckwheat wrote:
Ben wrote:After 27 years of seclusion and silence re-entering society via jail/prison and international media attention is probably a recipe for disaster.
Anyway, much metta to him.


You are assuming that this is a re-entry to society. My deluded hope is that he learns his lesson, moves to California, and does the same thing minus the theft.


Yes, Buckwheat, I am assuming a re-entry to society. I think he is too curious an oddity for the media to leave him alone. In time, that attention will disappear but I do think the sudden re-entry, perhaps jail, perhaps some temporary celebrity status, may have a deliterious effect. And you are right, they are just assumptions I am making and I could be wrong.
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loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby manas » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:32 am

Normally/to/survive/in/the/wilds/people/hunt/and/kill
so/at/least/he/only/took/material/objects/as/needed
and/(as/far/as/we/know)
did/not/kill/animals/to/survive
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Sekha » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:44 am

I would be curious to know how he managed to survive. I was told there is another american guy in Myanmar who has spent a decade or so alone in the forest.
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