Buddhist Monastery
In the Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah,
 Ajahn Sumedho & Amaravati Monastery

the Blest

the Taintless

Non- distress

the Goal

Bodhinyanarama 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.


With an image of liberation as the goal
the wise abandon darkness
and cherish light,
leave petty security behind
and seek freedom from attachment.
To pursue such release
is difficult and rare,
yet the wise will seek it,
detaching themselves from obstructions,
purifying heart and mind.

Upcoming Special Events
Labour W'end Retreat: October.
Kathina: 2nd November.
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The 2014-15 committee: Theja, Aru, Lim, AJ, Ajahn, Simon, Janet, Su Mon, Ros. What a team!
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Venerables Aruno and Kusalacitto have both finished their self-retreats. Ajahn will now take a few weeks in the hermitage. News? ...more
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Falling into Hell
Ajahn Munindo