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A Buddhist Monastery in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah
The terracotta mural showing three key people in the history of Bodhinyanarama; L-R. Luang Por Chah (lineage founder), Luang Por Sumedho (monastery founder), Luang Por Viradhammo (founding abbot). Sadhu!
The first stage of the mural. There is a lot more detail to come.
The full extent of the terracotta mural which will be set behind the reclining buddha rupa.
The foundation posts to hold the roof of the rupa pavilion. Simon and Gavin on stone, Bruce on wood. Gold on stupa.
The roof framing is almost done and boxing for the rupa plinth well underway. There is lots of work still to be done but the vision is forming.
The monastery committee after the 2018 AGM
The monks recently arrived at Wat Dhammaprateep visit us at Bodhinyanarama.
Position permutations for paying respects to elders.
Dedicating merit on the occasion of the King of Thailand's birthday.
The rubble from the concrete slab and old stone wall is removed.
The scaffold has served its purpose and can now be removed.
Everything that was born will eventually die - the scaffold being the current example.
The stupa scaffold is all but down and now to the de-nailing.
The sangha ready to go on Sunday pindapat.
On a ladder resting on planks which straddle the handrail our intrepid ajahn effects repairs.
A light rain moistens the garden.
A visit to Dhammagiri monastery to pay respects to Ajahn Jinalankara.
A pre-vassa visit to Wat Thai in Newlands to pay respect to Ajahn Natawat.
The Bodhinyanarama sangha visits Luang Por Poi.
Bruce working wonders in the downstairs bhikkhu vihara bathroom.
The early morning view from the top of the stupa down Stokes Valley.
Felix working on cleaning the upper section of the stupa.
The old stone walls and concrete slab have been removed. The digger prepares the ground.
The new kitchen upstairs in the bhikkhu vihara.
Craig and Felix hard at work breaking up the concrete slab where the reclining buddha rupa will go.
Craig stands roughly where the reclining buddha rupa will be set (much work needed :)
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Labour Retreat 19-22 Oct
Vassa Ends 24 Oct
Kathina 4 Nov
Stupa Dedication 2 Dec
odhinyanarama is a monastic sanctuary situated in a 51 hectare (126 acre) wooded valley near Wellington, New Zealand. The monastery is the focus for a thriving Buddhist community and serves a variety of functions. While principally a residence for those wishing to participate or train in the monastic lifestyle, the large public area and meeting hall are used for religious festivals, public meetings and retreats. The forested area with remote lodgings provides a suitable environment for seclusion. The senior monks instruct in meditation, teach Buddhist principles, lead retreats and provide religious services for the Buddhist community, both at the monastery and at other venues in New Zealand and elsewhere.

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