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A Buddhist Monastery in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah
A sign of Spring.
Pat puts the final touches to the "Rupa on a Rock".
Venerable Kondanyo inspecting the new monks' lockers in the Bhikkhu vihara. The stairs to the loft over the common room to right.
Ajahn Nattawat hosts a gathering at the new Thai temple in Newlands. We sincerely hope all the forces of goodness support the move to the new residence.
The standing Buddha rupa in the forecourt.
Things are looking up. There is blue in the sky.
A touch of winter white. Mostly hail but there was a wee sprinkle of snow amongst the flurries.
More birthday cake. Aunty Suan passes another year - with many more to come.
The workshop basement never looked better. Foreground panels are the central, removeable wall.
The new shrine glass. Lets not burn down the sala.
Two lads (front, L&R) spend holiday time at the monastery and join the monks for pindapat in Stokes Valley.
The rock at the edge of the lower carpark - with Buddha.
The back side (West) of the stupa. An open hole that leaks into the bush.
The front of the stupa. A bit rough? Room for improvement?
Bruce cuts a 65 year old cake - him, not the cake. Another milestone, another day, another dana... one step closer to nibbana!
Venerable Issaro working his magic with final touches to the new dormitory wiring.
A visit to the Island Bay monastery to pay respects to Ajahn Maha Sutep before vassa. We are standing in front of their new pavilion, made for the Ankhor Wat model.
The Little Pig... all bright and shiny new ready to warm hermits over the vassa.
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Queen B'day Retreat 3-6 June
AGM 17 July
Vassa 20 July
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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A sign of Spring.

News Update for:18th Oct. 2016 read all
>> Condolences
His Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand passed away on the afternoon of 13th of October aged 88. Bodhinyanarama has its roots in Thailand and the loss of such a prominent person is felt b  ...read more

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