Bodhinyanarama Buddhist Monastery

Rakau Grove, Stokes Valley
Taita, Wellington
Hidden away in a stand of native bush at the top of Stokes Valley this Buddhist monastery is a place of repose and meditation. Paths in the bush provide places to walk. Day visitors are welcome.

The Design by Hugh Tennent won a NZIA National Award for Architecture in 1994.

"The complex acts as a spiritual focus for peoples from diverse cultural backgrounds including Thai, Sri Lankan, Lao, Cambodian and European. A meditation hall was required to serve the needs of the resident monks, accommodate 30 to 80 people for meditation and teaching a few times a week and provide shelter for the larger community of 300 on celebration days 3 or 4 times a year. The design seeks to create a deepening series of enclosures into the shrine space to encourage mindfulness and calm, creating a physical journey to aid and symbolise the spiritual one."


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