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A Buddhist Monastery in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah
Summer has come to an end. An early morning autumn sky.
Joe giving the mulcher a workout.
Ajahn Kusalo repairing his kuti stove-chimney in preparation for colder days to come.
Four abbots - Ajahn Anan, Kusalo, Varadhammo and Dhammasiha - having an after lunch chat.
The river which forms the back boundary of Bodhisaddha monastery. The monks tour.
The climb in and out of the gorge is not for the faint hearted.
Wind blown sandstone cave formations in the gorge.
Rice pindapat on the day of the foundation stone consecration.
The tents form roughly the outline of the new dhamma hall. The shrine, center-right, is approximately where the final shrine will be.
The sangha overlook the foundation stone repository.
The 11-day sangha trip in the South Island.
Sth. Is.: Venerables Thanavaro and Phasuko on the wharf at the head of Lake Rotoiti.
Sth. Is.: A wayside lunch spot next to the river. A chance to air bedding and tents.
Sth. Is.: The Tasman Sea.
Sth. Is.: River and limestone arch. Venerable Thanavaro, just visible lower-center, gives some sense of scale to this massive tunnel.
Sth. Is.: How many wekas are there in this photo?
Sth. Is.: Monks crossing to the other side.
Sth. Is.: A magic spot by the river. We are all alone.
Sth. Is.: At about 1600m the views are stunning.
Sth. Is.: The sun is setting and the camp is being prepared.
Gathered in the Dhamma hall.
The Sangha leads the procession up to the stupa.
The moonstone hangs in waiting while everyone gathers around.
Some of the rocks and relics and special things ready to go in the box to go under the moonstone.
Everyone adds their special item into the box.
Ladies in waiting.
The Sangha chant paritta while the box of blessings is filled.
Rock, chain and blessing water.
The box has been set under the stone and Simon sets to lowering the stone.
The stone is down and the Sangha looks on.
Venerable Kusalacitto quietly reading in the monks' dana sala kitchen.
Peter (bravely) prepares the hole to receive the box of relics and sacred objects that will go under the moonstone.
At 1.5 tonne the moonstone is slow to move. We almost have it level and over the final spot. Next...remove the wood and test the bed.
A final push and a wiggle and it is ready to be lowered into its final position.
Initial set up to position the entry step.
After some tight maneuvering the moonstone is about as close at it can get by machine.
The moonstone slowly crawls up the hill. The entrance is very tight but we have done the maths and the machine will fit through.
The reclining rupa base on its way to the west side. There is not much room to spare.
The entry step and buddha rupa base making their way to the stupa forecourt entrance.
Fresh out of the box from Sri Lanka. What a delightful joy!
The reclining rupa which will be installed in the memorial grove pavillion.
Monks and laity gather around the stupa. See all images here
Luang Por Liam leaving the main dhamma hall. See all images here
The stone pillar on the site of Ajahn Chah's birth. See all images here
80 monks assembled for the patimokkha recitation. See all images here
The reclining buddha destined for our stupa. See all images here
The design has changed many times and this is the current sketch - done by Sukanit, a Korat artist. Sise: 5m x 1.8m
All gathered to lower the pole in the west corner of the stupa enclosure. Many strings attached.
It was not quite as easy as we thought but there were no injuries.
Steady does it down the hill!
Dr. Strangelove (aka Slim Pickens) riding the bomb? No, just Bruce on a roll.
It was a rather comical conveyancing but the way was found.
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Magha Puja 25 Feb 10am
Moonstone Install 25 Feb 12am
Vesak 27 May
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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Summer has come to an end. An early morning autumn sky.

News Update for:29th Mar. 2018 read all
>> South Island
Bhikkhus Kusalo, Thanavaro and Phasuko travelled with Pat and Daniel for eleven days in the northern part of the South Island. From the ferry they headed west along highway 63 through  ...read more

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