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With the triplex no longer available for lay guests two new kutis were built in the lay zone to replace those spaces. While not quite complete they were used through the winter (2014).
With not many 'big' projects in the monastery we thought a page dedicated to the progress of this work would be interesting.
2 bridge kuti
The two sites have been finalised and the working bee on the 8th December 2013 saw the access tracks formed and the sites cleared. [see: Photos] Another work bee will be organised this year to get materials to the site. The incredible generosity at Kathina has those materials all paid for -- many thanks
to you all. We are not sure yet who will do the building work; volunteers (us) or a supervising (paid) carpenter or other.
News updates have hopefully kept you - well, updated - and this info. is added somewhat after the event.
We were very fortunate in having John Browning, a good friend (and builder) from Tauranga come and stay with us in March and take overall responsibility for construction. The weather was good and progress excellent. We had a few guests and Finn, a student on work placement, helping out as well as the in-house team. Finishing is always difficult and the aim was to at least have the kutis usable for vassa. They were well used for the 10-day reatreat and various guests. As of vassa end they still need water, electric and a meditation walking path and that will come by and by.
water tank base
The end of the vassa was a busy period which lead into the New Year retreat and then Ajahn Kusalo was off to Thailand for two weeks for Ajahn Chah's memorial so work has not long resumed finishing the kutis. The two sites are so different that the walking meditation paths vary from 'almost flat land' to 'hanging on the side of a cliff' and preparation varies accordingly. They are both ready for the timber decks. Currently there is only one supply point for the kuti electrics (at the old triplex) and the plan is to set up a second, independent transformer to service the kutis in the lay area.
With both kutis being habitable the final details of work has slowed down. The most significant addition has been the completion of walking meditation paths for both kutis. There has also been the addition of a pit toilet at both kutis. The only item still left to do is the electrics. To establish an independent supply for all the lay kutis involves a bit more than just one wire so this may take a while. Are there any energetic electric type persons with time on hand? It will get done - eventually.
We enjoyed having venerable Issaro with us for several weeks. As well as being a fine monk he is also an electrician. Both kutis now have 12Vdc electric. Sadhu! The only thing needed now is to have the lay zone on a separate transformer. You can see the speed at which some things happen - slow, but steady.