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The lower section of the landslide has been levelled and drained. Gabion baskets are being built to retain any future slippage.
A plan sketch of Ajahn Kusalo's new kuti layout - roughly divided into two areas; sitting room and bedroom.
The view toward the bedroom end of Ajahn's kuti remodel.
Looking toward the sitting, reception, tea, shrine room end of the kuti.
New year's day dana. Coming to the monastery - a nice way to start the year.
Simon in the thick of the slop at the bottom of the landslide. Mucky stuff.
The end of the working bee to remove the vegetation from the landslide. A great crew.
A final sweep after the landslide tidy up. You can see the head of the slide top-right.
Paul and Beat tidying up around the edges of the new wheel-access track at the bhikkhu vihara.
Beat working on redirecting the water away from the top of the landslide.
Ajahn Kusalo compacting the loose soil along the side of the new access track to his kuti.
Progress on the mural for the stupa has been incredibly slow - but, there is progress.
Jet formally taking the anagarika precepts and joining the Bodhinyanarama sangha.
Paul keeping on top of the quickly growing lawn.
The bodhi leaf on the end of the kitchen building is a nice place for birds to rest - and mess! Brendon and Jet give it a good scrub.
Beat cutting a section of pipe for drainage.
The ever changing tides in the kitchen garden.
Monks from Mahamevana temple in West Auckland with lay friends stay at Bodhinyanarama.
Clearing the vihara basement. What was the 'Cardinals Palace' is no more.
Some of the crew about to start dismantling the 'Cardinal's Palace' in preparation for forming a wheeled access track.
Track forming tools in the vihara 'basement.'
It is a tight squeeze but we are trying to keep the tracks as low-impact as we can. Here, coming up to the east end of the vihara.
That tangle of logs (see earlier photo) is still being untangled.
At Ajahn Kusalos kuti... there is (was) this stump! Can you spot the 2 monks in the middle of it all?
That stump is still there - a bit big for the tiny digger. We got it out in the end :)
A pleasant, surprise visit from senior ajahns.
Part of the tangle of long ago felled pine trees being untangled to make way for the wheeled access track.
Is Bryce smirking at our somewhat creative survey technique? Rightly so :)
The kathina marquee was 'almost' down - and it started to rain. We set it up in the sala with the heater on to dry.
Getting the marquee back in the bag is always a creative 'dance.' Bryce and Ajahn Joe are applying their persuasive feet to the job - with Jet as a stabilising hand.
A final blessing at the end of a beautiful day.
Khun Siriwam dedicates the offering of forest cloth to the sangha.
The procession around the sala with Khun Siriwam carrying the forest cloth to be offered.
The sangha assembled.
Anagarikas receiving alms food.
Luang Por Poi leads the sangha on alms round in the cloister.
The weather was kind enough so we could go pindapat outside.
The sangha gathers at the beginning of our kathina season celebration.
Ajahn Naen and venerable Kusalacitto setting up the cloister.
An intrepid Ajahn Hasapannyo setting flags in front of the cloister.
Tables brought out of store for the food offerings (nb. these are the originals! about 30 years old).
The 'put up the marquee' crew. A record time of about 1 1/2 hours. Well done team.
The Bodhinyanarama vassa group (plus Ajahn Hasapannyo) in front of the newly renovated Garden and Lotus kutis under the Raja. A post-vassa tea gathering.
A violent thunder and hail storm drove us indoors. Tea is on the way.
Ready for work on the new Hermitage kuti track. Aj's Naen & Joe are just up the trail a bit.
The Paritutu rock summit has been reached. New Plymouth in behind.
A steep descent down Paritutu rock.
A rest by the river at the foot of Mount Taranaki.
Lunch at base camp. Mt. Taranaki in the distance.
Just below the snow line. A chunk of frozen snow is Ajahn's first taste (literally) of snow.
Steve was at the public talk and we met half-way up and he invited us for tea in the Tahurangi lodge.
Getting amongst the whiteness of it all.
The view of Mt. Taranaki from Dawsons Falls.
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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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The lower section of the landslide has been levelled and drained. Gabion baskets are being built  ...read more

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Ajahn Kusalo has sifted photos from his Sri Lankan trip and you can view these here.  ...read more