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A Buddhist Monastery in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah
Umbrellas at rest. Their season is almost over.
The south-end crew buckling up the marquee ready for Kathina.
The Buddha rupa pavilion is slowly taking shape. We have a good work crew and things are well on track.
Lindsay starting on the finish paint for the two protectors - Hiri and Ottappa (moral shame and dread). Everything is looking very gold.
A winter cloud against a bright spring sky.
The reclining buddha rupa pavilion taking shape.
A wee tree fern putting out fresh spring growth at the hermitage.
The terracotta mural showing three key people in the history of Bodhinyanarama; L-R. Luang Por Chah (lineage founder), Luang Por Sumedho (monastery founder), Luang Por Viradhammo (founding abbot). Sadhu!
The first stage of the mural. There is a lot more detail to come.
The full extent of the terracotta mural which will be set behind the reclining buddha rupa.
The foundation posts to hold the roof of the rupa pavilion. Simon and Gavin on stone, Bruce on wood. Gold on stupa.
The roof framing is almost done and boxing for the rupa plinth well underway. There is lots of work still to be done but the vision is forming.
The monastery committee after the 2018 AGM
The monks recently arrived at Wat Dhammaprateep visit us at Bodhinyanarama.
Position permutations for paying respects to elders.
Dedicating merit on the occasion of the King of Thailand's birthday.
The rubble from the concrete slab and old stone wall is removed.
The scaffold has served its purpose and can now be removed.
Everything that was born will eventually die - the scaffold being the current example.
The stupa scaffold is all but down and now to the de-nailing.
The sangha ready to go on Sunday pindapat.
On a ladder resting on planks which straddle the handrail our intrepid ajahn effects repairs.
A light rain moistens the garden.
A visit to Dhammagiri monastery to pay respects to Ajahn Jinalankara.
A pre-vassa visit to Wat Thai in Newlands to pay respect to Ajahn Natawat.
The Bodhinyanarama sangha visits Luang Por Poi.
Bruce working wonders in the downstairs bhikkhu vihara bathroom.
The early morning view from the top of the stupa down Stokes Valley.
Felix working on cleaning the upper section of the stupa.
The old stone walls and concrete slab have been removed. The digger prepares the ground.
The new kitchen upstairs in the bhikkhu vihara.
Craig and Felix hard at work breaking up the concrete slab where the reclining buddha rupa will go.
Craig stands roughly where the reclining buddha rupa will be set (much work needed :)
Stupa Dedication Ceremony
December 2nd — 2018   09:45

From the clearing of the site in 1993 to the installation of relics and the crowning umbrella in 1999 the stupa has been the focus of much love and devotion. The last two years has seen restoration work done on the stupa itself and the construction of a large semi-circular forecourt extension as well as a reclining Buddha rupa pavilion on the west side. The event on December 2nd will bring a special focus to the stupa with many senior monks from Australia, Thailand and Canada joining with our resident and local Sangha to offer dedications and blessings.

There is some background detail on the stupa here.
You can view a collection of stupa photos that will have ceremony images added to it by-and-by.

As a lead up to the event there are several dhamma opportunities planned. We have many senior monks coming from overseas and they have kindly offered to be available. Ajahn Viradhammo, the founding abbot of Bodhinyanarama, will be with us for a couple of weeks prior to the event. He has kindly offered to lead a session on Saturday 24th 1pm - and again on Sunday 25th 6pm. Then, starting on Thursday 29th there will be 2 sessions daily; after lunch and evening puja.

Details are taking shape and we will try to keep the event details page updated.

Events see all
Labour Retreat 19-22 Oct
Vassa Ends 24 Oct
Kathina 4 Nov
Stupa Dedication 2 Dec
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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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Umbrellas at rest. Their season is almost over.

News Update for:14th Nov. 2018 read all
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