Forest Wandering in Thailand
January is in the cold season and the best time for extended walking in Thailand. It is slightly cooler in the area north of Chiang Mai. Ajahn Kusalo walked with Tan Khantiko for six weeks in the forest there. A brief photographic summary.
Our Katina ceremony and the stupa dedication led the way out of winter into summer.
After two years of discussing, design, landscaping, construction and modification twenty monks and about 500 lay friends gathered on December 2nd to revere our venerable stupa.
Our first formal Kathina for many years.
After a cold start the days are mild.
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.
After a variable summer autumn arrives.
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
A joyful celebration of the Kathina Season.
After a mild summer the days are calm and bright.
Stable and Serene Sun Shine
New Growth Arises
An endless summer begins to end.
Spring Summer '15
The turning point of the year. A springboard for many blessings yet to arise.
The Whanganui River
Two weeks in a canoe. The full story can be read here
Change and variety - comings and goings.
The Summer of 2013
The sun shone down on us all. Beautiful.
Renewal and life.
Autumn - 2013
A superb summer, like all things, must change. Temperatures cool.
Kathina Season 2013
Sangha and laity gather to make offerings.
The New Year arrives and the season changes.
The rains come and the vassa begins.
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
The old kitchen makes way for the new.