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After drying in the sala for a week or so the marquee is finally put to rest - until Kathina.
Once on the trailer moving the marquee is an easy 2 man job.
The Buddha rupa has arrived - and will rest for a while until the west-side is finished.
Tucked in beside the stupa the Buddha rupa will rest for a while.
There is not a lot of room to spare as Brendon carries the rupa crate into the stupa area.
At 1.2 tonne it is a slow journey up the hill from the carpark to the stupa.
Early morning steam lifting off the handrail at the back of the sala.
Venerable Thanavaro holds an ice scimitar lifted from the tarp covering the stupa. Yes, it was a cold morning.
Friends in Palmerston North gathered together to offer dana with a few still in the kitchen.
The main road up to the stupa has had a long overdue tidy up. Regraded and drained - let it rain!
Geoff and Quentin working of cross-drainage to ensure water erosion on the new road is minimal.
The first coat of paint on the stupa base. Not the best weather - but good enough.
Ajahn Kusalo's kuti nestled in the forest.
Bryce with machete poised ready to start clearing wheeled access to the vihara basement level.
One of the new shower stalls, with a 2nd stall to the left, next to the new bathroom. A far better use of the old space.
Well balanced.
Venerables Thanavaro and Phasako sorting Vesak flags.
Monks and men move the Buddha to a higher place.
Space in the dana sala.
Ajahn Pum and Venerable Kusalacitto make their way up to the Bhikkhu Vihara.
Ajahn Pum sprinkles a Vesak blessing.
A cold south wind does not deter a circumambulation of the sala.
The sangha lead the sala circumambulation.
Names burned in loving memory.
Offerings made to the sangha.
A joyful crowd gathered together - despite the need for jackets against the cold.
The Sangha on pindapat.
Luang Por Poi leads the Sangha.
Vesak lanterns made by the Sri Lankan Sunday school.
A few of the lads at the end of a work session - waiting for lunch?
The bhikkhu vihara upstairs bathroom. An incredible transformation from the old space.
Alms bowls. There was a week when we had to form a double line to fit 8 monks..
The finished reclining rupa in the factory showroom.
The detailing is superb and the whole will be a gracious addition to the stupa surround.
Drew water blasting the stupa in preparation for painting.
The Buddha rupas from the four alcoves at the stupa being removed to safety during repair and painting.
Buddha Rupa - cleansing, purification, blessing... beautiful symbology.
Starting the new year with a simple gesture of gratitude and respect.
Mr Som wishing the monks a happy and fruitful new year.
Venerable Kusalacitto carrying mats into the hall for Songkran.
Ajahns Kusalo and Cunda in Palmerston North to celebrate Songkran.
One of the 'knobs' around the monastery sala. Rebuilt and repainted.
The water pouring vessels now have an official home on the shrine.
Two new shower stalls in the monk's bathroom area. Tiling is underway.
The Sangha in the dana sala - new and old.
We have been slowly working on the memorial garden. The pavilion area is almost done.
The new garden shed at the stupa; intended for cleaning and gardening equipment.
Venerable Kusalacitto led a group of guests in cleaning around the Chao Khun kuti. The courtyard has been releveled along with access tracks.
Ajahn Dta taking care of time.
Bruce on firewood work with Joe in the background on the mulcher.
An early morning sky.
Ajahn Kusalo repairing his kuti stove chimney.
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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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After drying in the sala for a week or so the marquee is finally put to rest - until Kathina.

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After over a year of planning and coordinating the reclining marble buddha rupa from Thailand has arrived. Being less in weight (1.1 tonne) with more manageable dimensions than  ...read more

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