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Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

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Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Ben » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:01 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Ben » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:19 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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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!
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

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

I think may have got some tips from him...

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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

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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 polarbear101 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:02 pm

"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

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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.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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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!
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

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

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

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

"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

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

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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

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

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:32 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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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
:anjali:
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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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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