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A Buddhist Monastery in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah
Sister Rohini clearing the moss and debris on the sala ramp.
Ajahn Dta - on his birthday - cleaning the dana sala windows.
Ajahn Kusalo testing the new memorial bench in the sala courtyard.
Christian clearing the vegetation around the existing stonework on the west side of the stupa. This view will change dramatically over the next several months.
The final placement of the central stones and raking of the gravel sees the kitchen garden looking resplendent.
Ajahn Dta in the stupa forecourt setting a few level points for the digger. The clay is almost as hard as the rock.
The pot on the corner of the kitchen entrance has finally been moved. Heavier than it looks.
Lindsay preparing the workshop entrance for a long awaited patch of concrete.
Shunyo stacking firewood.
The moonstone is complete! It looks stunning in a photo and one can only imagine viewing the full-size stone. 2.7 meters left to right. Big and beautiful.
The lotus at the center of the moonstone. The detail of workmanship is impressive.
The entry step. The motif echoes the foliage band of the moonstone.
The clay model which will become the reclining Buddha rupa in the memorial grove.
The Sangha gathered at Bodhinyanarama waiting for the laity to assemble.
Under a clear sky the Sangha circumambulates the stupa.
The Palmerston North Group offer the vassa forest cloth to the Sangha. [see the Kathina Gallery]
Nature sends out tender fingers to greet the sun.
Robes being offered at the Thai temple in Newlands as a part of their Kathina.
Wat Thai, Newlands - Kathina 2017.
Wat Thai - Kathina 2017. No shortage of offerings and joy and faith.
A Bodhinyanarama resident - not too sure about this encroaching monk.
Human too close for comfort - "I'm outa here."
At the feet of the Buddha.
New landscaping in the garden area in front of the kitchen.
Two rocks nicely placed. There is still some work to be done but it still looks very nice.
Reach for the sky.
How many monastics does it take to patch one tent?
Blooming lovely.
The macrocarpa lotus buds that adorned the two entrance gate posts are quite badly rotten. They will be replaced - and painted.
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Kathina Season Celebration
15th October

New Yr Retreat 26 Dec - 3 Jan
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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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Sister Rohini clearing the moss and debris on the sala ramp.

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>> New Year Retreat
December 26th to January 3rd - "The End of the World." An exploration of experiential definitions of the world, its extent, our experience of it and its ending. The transition into  ...read more

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Guided Meditation - 2008-02-03
Ajahn Jayasaro
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