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A Buddhist Monastery in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah
Venerable Thanavaro - a forest monk.
Kaitoke. Ajahn Narado down by the riverside.
Kaitoke. Root, rock and river.
Kaitoke. The entire monastery, plus 4, on the bridge to Rivendell.
The 'Wan Hai 501' Can you spot our stupa stones in there? Sailed: 13.12.2017 - Due: x.x.2018
The memorial garden pavilion in place - chainsaw enshrined. The Buddha rupa should be here soon.
Daniel taking the bodhi tree outdoors for some direct sunlight.
Luang Por Poi visiting with monks from Auckland.
The dana sala shrine.
Ajahn Dta working on the new dhamma hall lighting controller.
Ajahn Kusalo and Lindsay working on the posts for the stupa safety rail. A boring job :)
With rails fitted and posts positioned a bit of final persuasion sees the whole drop into place.
Dana for Lily, Ajahn Nyanadipo's neice, her first birthday.
Ajahn Dta making a clean sweep of the car park.
Half-way up the hill we take a break in an open clearing.
Venerables Kusalacitto and Phasuko start the Fenceline walk in Otaki Gorge.
A pause by a small stream on our Otaki walk.
Back at the car park after walking the forest loop.
A welcome cup of tea at Hugh's on the way back to the monastery.
The memorial grove pavilion being carried in from the main track.
Sunyo, Cristian and Daniel preparing the foundations for the memorial grove pavilion.
The transition of getting admin activity moved from the bhikkhu vihara to the main office continues.
Delivering the new mulcher to its first monastery mission.
Vegetation trimmed from around the Chao Khun kuti is fed into the new mulcher.
The stupa forecourt is leveled and the road landscaped all ready for surfacing.
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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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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Venerable Thanavaro - a forest monk.

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