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Working on this manuscript with Bhante from 2007 to 2009 was the highlight of my life. It was an honour and a great joy to be in the presence of his mind at work. He was so methodical and focussed, completely present with the task in hand. At the same time there was no sense of straining or forcing. Occasionally if he felt tired or a little unwell, he would take a break for a few minutes and relax with eyes closed. This would prompt me to come back into myself again as well, simply sitting in his presence. And when he was ready, we would continue with the work. When the hour was up and it was time for me to leave, I always felt refreshed and stimulated, and a bit sorry to have to go. I also felt somehow affirmed in the depths of my being. I would float back to the Birmingham Buddhist Centre, feeling as though I was being held within a great cloud of metta.