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A Buddhist Monastery in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah
Arriving at Okiwi airstrip. The reception terminal had recently been painted green.
Ajahn Narado fords the stream.
The coast track from Okiwi to Haratonga lead to many a grand view.
Haratonga beach. We camped at the far end - away from the crowds.
Haratonga, early morning. Off shore islands greet the dawn.
Time to break camp and head south.
Old friends of Ajahn Kusalo. Al has managed the farm for decades. Pauline was visiting for a few days. The dogs were waiting for pigs. The monks had not long had tea.
Lunch at the old graveyard overlooking Haratonga.
Early morning mists over Kaitoke swamp.
Kayaking in Schooner Bay.
The emerging new bathroom in the Chao Khun kuti.
The newly formed Chao Khun kuti kitchen. A lot more work require still.
The finished Buddha after Ajahn Kongrit's gilding. A lovely piece of work.
The view out the new picture window of the extended Chao Khun kuti. Bruce (Kilroy) waz 'ere.
Gavin begins work on the northern arc of the forecourt wall.
Simon making great progress on the southern arc. It really is looking like a wall now.
Paul uses the electric drill to start the concrete mixer. Hmmm, whatever works.
Kicking the odd rock into place is sometimes the best technology. Not for this one I suspect.
Bhante Silananda, the second monk at Bhavana Society in W. Virginia, joined us for lunch and a tour of the monastery.
The 2017 Vesak tent team (minus Sam on camera). All up in record time - about two hours! Well done and anumodana.
James and Daniel mixing concrete for the deck support foundations as part of the Chao Khun kuti renovation. Bruce watches from above.
Paul on the mixer and Gavin on the move. The stupa emerges.
The south side of the stupa forecourt. Simon hard at work. Those stones are not small.
Matching up the new with the old is quite difficult but time, skill and patience sees it done.
A colour rendition of the original concept drawing.
A revised concept drawing showing entry step and simple reclining buddha pavilion.
A detail of the west-side reclining buddha rupa.
One of those "guess what it is?" photos. Lindsay has been dividing time between the kitchen and the new dana box door. Eventually you will see the whole picture.
A warm and cheery welcome to Luang Por Promsithi the abbot of Wat Saket in Bangkok.
The resident sangha meeting with Luang Por Promsithi and the Thai ambassador.
The stupa is quite the construction site with broken stone everywhere. It is still a place of great beauty and delight.
Venerable Bhuripanyo (center) about to head off to Oz. A resident sangha of 7 is somewhat of a record.
The Tisarana 10th anniversary book has been well reviewed; to the extent that the binding fell apart. Ven. Bhuripanyo manually rebinds.
The dhamma sala attic has been a collection point for many things over many years. During the building of a storage system many forgotten treasures have been uncovered.
Ajahn Kongrit applying the first layer of gold leaf to the buddha.
"The Union of Thai Sangha in Oceania." Most of the monks attending stand in front of the main dhamma hall.
A tree planting ceremony.
The senior delegates attending UTO.
The meeting is almost ready to start.
UTO Breakfast in Christchurch. Not hot.
The front walls and old garden surrounds succumb to the future.
Visiting Burmese monks drop by to inspect progress on the stupa.
Two flat tyres. Police and all the fun of samsara. The view is very nice.
And isn't that pile of what-ever-it-is always in the place that you don't want it?
Breaking rocks and building dreams.
Logic says it should start. Reality often has other plans. Experts confer and diagnose.
Sun-dried alms bowls.
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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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Arriving at Okiwi airstrip. The reception terminal had recently been painted green.

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