"On the last night of [a meditation retreat], the ashes of Bill Hamilton, founder of the Dharma Seed Tape Library, were brought to Cloud Mountain. Bill had lived on Whidbey Island and had many friends in the Seattle sangha. In March of that year, Bill was told he had pancreatic cancer. A woman on the retreat outlined the story of his hospitalization and surgery, amazed at how affable and pleasant he had been through his suffering. Bill had wanted to be buried whole underneath an apple tree, but since such burials weren't allowed in Washington, a small apple tree was bought, a hole dug by the pond here, and his ashes were sent."
If this story is true... What about the dharma children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of Bill -- by which I mean Kenneth and Daniel, and their students, and their student's students, and folks in the loose sanga who value the practical dharma practices -- why don't we all meet at the apple tree and say thanks as a tribute to Bill?
Timing would be in the spring if there is a Buddhist Geeks Conference that year or in the fall if there isn't a BG Conference. I assume Cloud Mountain refers to the retreat site in Castle Rock, Washington, USA.
May all being benefit and be happy from anything that results from this idea.
Bill Hamilton and the Apple Tree
01 Nov 2015 07:31 #100968
I think they rent out the facility, so you could organize a "Bill Hamilton Memorial Retreat" one weekend if you can find a teacher and enough people willing and able to sign up for the weekend and travel there.