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A visit to Wat Thai, Dhammaprateep in Newlands. After tea and talk it is time for the 'group photo.'
A clear and sunny day on top of Mount Victoria where, despite the sun, the wind from the south was a bit cold. What a view - to the left. And the right view? is up the Hutt Valley to Bodhinyanarama.
Bruce in his not uncommon 'elevated and illuminated' state preparing to reinstate the ceiling in the Raja kuti - having cleared the rats out of the roof! Relocated kitchen visible through the doorway.
Venerables Kusalacitto, Apiwat & Sambodhi take a break from carrying pine log-rounds from the forest to the woodshed.
James and Ajahn Jo carefully removing scotia from the Garden kuti. The space is changing. The stepped floor, left, will be removed and the whole on one level.
Ajahn Jo with hammer in de-nail mode? The Garden kuti almost ready for some digging to get the floor all on one level.
Cicada larva took the trouble to climb up and read the sign before flying up to the stupa.
A proscenium arch.
James on trimming with ajahn Jo on sweeping.
The sangha giving the Chao Khun kuti a deep clean.
Late afternoon sun and the full moon of Magha shine on the stupa.
The base of the stupa shines resplendent.
Thai tudong: a rest hut and a bathe in the red river.
Thai tudong: after a tiring days walk the late afternoon shadows still hold enough warmth to dry robes.
Thai tudong: passing through the village.
Thai tudong: the view from where we were of where we were going.
Thai tudong: the long and winding road.
Thai tudong: a new building taking shape.
Thai tudong: a day spent meditating in a set of caves.
Thai tudong: valley fields. The hay on the rock (center) drying in the sun.
Thai tudong: ajahn Kusalo's cave kettle getting ready for tea.
Thai tudong: lay stewards and sangha in the sala at meal time.
Thai tudong: Tan Khantiko knows where he is going.
Thai tudong: the back of the sala in a small forest hermitage.
Thai tudong: ajahn Kusalo's tent next to the water tank.
Thai tudong: the last day; patimokkha.
Stupa dedication: soup is underway.
Stupa dedication: the sitting buddha rupa gets a polish.
Stupa dedication: gathered in the dhamma hall.
Stupa dedication: Ajahns Tiradhammo, Kalyano, Dhammasiha and Khemavaro join in the chanting.
Stupa dedication: monks on pindapat.
Stupa dedication: the stupa is as ready as it will ever be.
Stupa dedication: monks assembled in front of the west side reclining buddha rupa.
Stupa dedication: the rupa is unveiled, relics (center) ready to be interred.
Stupa dedication: ajahn Dta adding relics at the base of the buddha rupa.
Stupa dedication: the sangha chants a blessing.
Stupa dedication: monks staying at Bodhinyanarama for the ceremony.
Stupa dedication: the gathering gathers.
Kathina: the sangha gathers, bowls are prepared.
Kathina: the Kathina cloth (top-center) and ladies with robes sets to offer.
Kathina: behind the scenes; Aunty Suan - doing what she does.
Kathina: monks on pindapat.
Kathina: the sun shines while monks go pindapat.
Kathina: Uncle Som leads the procession with the kathina cloth.
Kathina: the cloth is offered to the sangha.
Kathina: the end... residents taking the tent down.
Stupa Dedication Ceremony
December 2nd — 2018   09:45

The resident sangha gathered for the stupa dedication.
After a dhamma programme of meetings after lunch and evenings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday the main event on Sunday went incredibly well. We had a resident sangha of thirteen plus seven of our local monks joining us on the day. The weather was just amazing with clear skies holding just a few puffy clouds resting in a wind free air. Rice pindapat saw about 500 people lined up in and around the cloister and down the ramp into the courtyard almost as far down as the workshop - and then back up to the sala. The use of a rented food tent worked very well. The sun was warm and bright. Morning ceremonies in the hall flowed smoothly. By about 12:30 the sky was darkening with black clouds rolling in. We opted for an early start and everyone headed up to the stupa. By the time Ajahn Tiradhammo had started his talk the thunder and lightening was quite serious with explosive cracks and flashes filling the air. "Without further ado..." the mural was unveiled, likewise the buddha rupa. Relics and all manner of sacred objects were placed under the buddha and as the last of these was being placed with the sangha chanting "Jayanto..." the heavens opened! A massive clap of thunder heralded a patter of gentle raindrops which quickly became a torrent of heavy but warm rain. Several people were collecting cupped hands full of water and washing the buddha. The joy was infectious and the wet did not deter the crowds from adding their own sacred items at the head of the buddha.

You can view a stupa video
Also a collection of stills here.

There is some background detail on the stupa here.
You can view a collection of stupa photos that will have ceremony images added to it by-and-by.

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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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