After an awesome summer the days are cooler with more rain. The seasons are changing.
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
Bruce, Neil, Katia, ven KC & Julien in the workshop studio extension.
The workshop studio (right) tucked in under the workshop porch roof.
The workshop basement - minus junk. This will become a kids shrine room (right) and bunk room (left). The access will be down the path (behind). The foreground will be leveled as a service area (junk storage :).
An illustrious gathering of senior monks. Three dhamma talks and several reflections were much appreciated by all.
Ajahn Kalyano and venerable Kovido visiting from Melbourne.
The Sangha shares a happy visit from Khun Tho. She has been a devoted supporter since the monastery began.
Ajahn Kusalo and ven. Kusalacitto traveled with Luang Por Sumedho to Wat Bodhivana, Melbourne. The weekend gathering.
A sunny visit from Ajahn Khemapanyo and the monks from Napier.
Three forest monks at the root of a tree (redwood forest outside Rotorua).
The "international robe cloth" under the cloister marquee. A colorful addition to Ajahn Sumedho's visit.
The new Buddha — all bright and shiny.
Willing hands place the new Buddha against the wall of the Chao Khun meditation path. Sadhu!
At the foot of the stairs.
Monks in Auckland. Surrounded by youthful disciples - or a coincidental school group. Or both?
Bruce passing the privacy screen to enter the new Chao Khun kuti courtyard. The meditation walking path (left) yet to be walled and roofed. A bit more landscaping to come.
Bodhinyanarama sangha and residents visiting Ajahn Nantawat at the new Wat Dhammapadip residence in Newlands.
The Sri Lankan Consul General, Wellington (left) visiting with the newly appointed High Commissioner for Australia and New Zealand.
Lads on legs lumping lumber up to the hermitage. Deck improvements.
A beautiful Bruce Box.
Summer is impermanent. Winter is not so far away.
Pete the plumber installing the basin in the new loo. Almost ready for action.
A nostalgic flashback... the summer of '93. The pyramid lives again - on the lawn below the library.
Putting the marquee up is always a task. Having a good crew of helpers makes it so much easier.
Drew testing the new, single-grade track to the Chao Khun kuti. Public access used to be along the arrow. The kuti is much more private now.
The Buddha behind a bee on a sunflower.
Lindsay working on the new, fireproof incense store.
The hermitage kuti will get an upgrade before winter. Extended, safer deck + wood stove. Bruce taking a few measurements.
Tony putting the finishing touch to the entrance car park.
The pine trees above the sala taking leave. The forest will have more space.
A tidy trellis under the stairs up to the dana sala. Fuchsia in the foreground.
Aaron, Bruce and Mark working on the step-less access to Ajahn Kusalo's kuti.
On alms round in Bung Wai, the village adjacent to Wat Pah Nanachat.
Patimokkha at Wat Saket, Bangkok.
Outside the uposatha hall at Wat Saket.
The new uposatha hall at Wat Citta Bhavana -- Luang Por Piak's monastery.
Venerable Aruno in front of Luang Por Chah's chedi.
L-R: Ajahn Kusalo, Sucitto, Aruno - inside Luang Por Chah's chedi infront of his reliquary.
A delightful meeting with Ajahn Anek.
The new stone Buddha rupa on the second level of Ajahn Anek's new uposatha hall.
The stupa at Nakhon Phanom beside the Mekong River. It's origins as old as 2500 years ago.
Most of the New-Year retreatants greeting... the New Year. Happy 2016!