We would love to inform you that the shower & toilet block has been finished!
Check this out, the Gompa is almost done!
Also a platform for the shower block is ready..Hooray!
We are so happy that Lama Ole came and inaugurated our gompa at Glentui! A wonderful occasion that completed a two-year project to create a solid foundation for our ongoing activities at our retreat land. Thank you to all the friends, team and, of course, Lama Ole for making this such a successful development.
November brought to Glentui retreat centre a great wave of activity and workforce from Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. We spent two weekends working, meditating and eating together, enjoying beautiful weather and peaceful land in Glentui, disturbing it just a little bit with ongoing works on the gompa and outdoors.
The gompa ceiling is now emerging in it’s final beautiful design and Stage 2 – building the shower and toilet block is coming soon! We are now just about to sign a building contract and let it happen!
Hāngi is a traditional New Zealand Māori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven. It is still used for special occasions. To “lay a hāngi” or “put down a hāngi” involves digging a pit in the ground, heating stones in the pit with a large fire, placing baskets of food on top of the stones, and covering everything with earth for several hours before uncovering (or lifting) the hāngi.
To ensure the Gompa is fully functional, we have been working on plans for a toilet and shower block. This is a complex mission and at this stage we have quotes for the parts that need specialists such as a ‘lock up shell’ building, waste water system, plumbing and drain laying. The Sangha will do the finishing the rest as we are doing with the Gompa.
At the same time we have been fundraising for this project because even through its a small building it’s quite expensive – around $NZ120,000. We’ve had many generous local and international donors and have applied to charities funding organisations to help get enough money to finish this work. We hope this building will be finished by the time Lama Ole visits in 2018.
Progress of Stage 2 – the Sangha rocks!
The wall framing – DONE, insulation – DONE, power cables for lights – DONE, first top coat of paint – DONE, two more coats to go and then we can start on the ceiling. Thanks to everyone for your support and hard work with smile on your faces! Enjoy the pictures below
Short video from our magic course with many friends from all over the world and Lama Ole´s very close student Tomek Lehnert
On the advice of his doctors, Lama Ole won’t travel to New Zealand in February but will instead gather his strength for surgery.
However, according to his wishes, we will go ahead with the course as planned with lectures from Diamond Way Teachers and meditation sessions. This will be a great opportunity to come together to share, meditate and develop our enlightened qualities. We are looking forward to sharing the first course in the new Gompa.