It looks like being a long hot summer with lots of photo opportunities.
January 16th 2018. A combined event of Luang Por Chahs memorial and 100th birthday. Ajahn Kusalo spent 3 weeks in Thailand traveling to the north and to Ubon.
The morning rain did not deter an enthusiastic crowd gathered to celebrate our Kathina Season Robe offering. The main cloth offering was made by the Palmerston North group. We were blessed with sunshine for the final circumambulation of the stupa.
With the vassa as the central focus of this season we are four monks and many hats.
With the arrival of Ajahn Narado and venerable Phasuko we now have a resident sangha of 5 with several monastic visits planned. It will be a good dhamma year. The stupa refurbishment and extension is underway. The memorial garden is slowly emerging. The sauna has been repaired and improved. Ajahn Kusalo made a trip to Nth America. King Bhumibol is remembered.
Built in 1999 by Burmese craftsmen the stupa has been a focus of faith and delight. After nearly twenty years it is time for an upgrade. The entrance is being extended into a forecourt and the west side will have a reclining buddha rupa.
Aj. Kusalo in Sri Lanka
A 9 day trip including the UN Vesak conference, ordering the stupa moonstone and visiting several sacred sites. There is a short daily journal here
Twenty five years ago the Evening Post did a full page photo essay on the monastery. A recent visit from the same photographer, Phil Reid, resulted in a new version. You can view the newspaper spread here