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An overview of the forecourt with the surrounding stone work almost complete.
Still somewhat a construction site the end is in sight. The cones will be replaced by a handrail. An extra step at the entrance (plus moonstone) and the entrance (right) will have a single-stone, carved step.
The north wall - almost done. Artistry.
A schematic of the stupa "West Side" showing the reclining rupa (white marble) and darker base (not decided yet) with the terracotta tile mural behind. There will be a 'floating' roof over.
The marble, with some basic outlines drawn, ready for cutting. The reclining buddha rupa is reclining within.
Sachini (left) giving guidance to the financial team (Christina, Irene & Hwa). The photo is a bit out of focus but they are all very focussed.
The dhamma hall shrine glows.
Rock stars! Gavin on lead guitar and Simon on drums. The north wall rocks.
1990? Young(er) people posing on the porch.
Bruce with a plywood model of the reclining Buddha rupa; the marble reality to be installed on the west-side of the stupa.
Ajahn Dta and Kusalo enjoy the view of the Kapiti coast on the way to Palmerston North with Indranath.
Ajahn Dta in Palmerston North.
Bruce - the builder - and Aunty Suan on the porch of the newly renovated Chao Khun Kuti.
The dana sala Buddha rupa.
Monks on pindapat.
Work has begun on the moonstone being made in Sri Lanka.
The stupa entry moonstone taking shape. Solid granite!
The entry step for the stupa being marked out.
Rocks from around the world to be interred under the new stupa moonstone.
Ajahn Dta in metal-man mode working on the new donation box.
Ajahn Dta putting his electric skills to good use.
Monks reflecting. The early morning light.
A winter sky over leafless trees.
Monks visiting from the temple in Tawa.
Fingers of morning light fall into the dana sala.
Venerable Phasuko with an empty gas bottle from his kuti.
The glass going into the Chao Khun kuti window.
Looking down Stokes Valley from the monastery. The rectangle of light, bottom, is our dana sala skylight.
The south wall of the stupa forecourt. Light and shadow.
The north wall of the stupa forecourt is about half way done.
Looking up Stokes Valley to the monastery. The stupa can be seen, low-centre, with the hills rolling back into a winter's mist.
10:25 am - lunch is an imminent possibility. Venerable Phasuko puts on his robe in preparation.
1:30 am - Irene is in the office keeping up with admin duties. Sadhu!
A crescent moon hangs over the Eastern hills.
For some reason Tuesday is especially Aunties' day. Sophie is in Oz welcoming her first grandchild.
Frank's sublime halo behind a serene Buddha.
Children from Kapiti College offer alms.
Students from Kapiti College at the end of their visit.
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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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An overview of the forecourt with the surrounding stone work almost complete.

News Update for:23rd Aug. 2017 read all
>> Vassa
We celebrated the new moon on Monday. This marks the half-way point of the vassa. Ajahn Kusalo begins his self-retreat and the resident community generally maintains a quiet and meditative sc  ...read more

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