Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby zavk » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:51 am

Hi friends

I was in Christchurch, New Zealand over the weekend and caught up with Mike (mikenz66). He was very generous with his time, showing me around the place and also the Thai temple that he frequents. Many thanks Mike!

Here are some photos.

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The Thais venerate Guanyin too.

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An interesting illustration I saw.

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The beauty of the New Zealand landscape is impossible to capture on the camera.... it's like, well, Middle Earth! :tongue:

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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:10 am

Thanks for joining us zavk,

I hope the next time you can stay a little longer...

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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby Dugu » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:24 am

You guys are so lucky to live in New Zealand. It has to be the most beautiful Country I have ever seen. I would love to retire there but I doubt it will happen. :tongue:
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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:16 am

It really is beautiful, Dugu.
Breathtakingly so.
Thanks Ed for sharing those photos. The wat looks magnificent.
Great to 'see you' again Mike!
One of these days I'll make it to the South Island when we're over visiting my father-in-law.
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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby PeterB » Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:24 am

Very nice. What a lovely Wat, so simple and fresh looking. Whose is the rupa of the Ajahn ?

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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby zavk » Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:38 am

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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby PeterB » Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:47 am

Ah yes, thank you Zavk.

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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:05 am

Hi Peter,
PeterB wrote:Very nice. What a lovely Wat, so simple and fresh looking.

Thanks (not that I personally built it...). The hall was completed in 2006. The architect's idea was to combine Thai (the roof is imported) with New Zealand (stone and sandstone on the outside, wood on the inside).
Unfortunately, the three-level Thai roof originally planned would have violated zoning restrictions so it had to be truncated to two levels. We have a ten-year celebration of the site in December.

Unfortunately Zavk couldn't make it last weekend when we had Kathina + Loy Kratong and hundreds of people...
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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby Paññāsikhara » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:14 am

Are those hill shots of the two of you looking out back over the Port Hills to Lyttleton harbour?
I can't think of too many other places in Canterbury where they actually have hills, and water. :P
Or is it down in Otago somewhere? Oamaru?
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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:43 am

Yes, it's on the hills betwen Christchurch and Lyttleton harbour...
Perhaps about here...
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source= ... 8&t=h&z=13
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source= ... 1,,0,13.28

Here's the Wat, but the Satellite photo needs updating...
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source= ... 4&t=h&z=18
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source= ... .9,,0,5.91

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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:54 am

zavk wrote:Image
An interesting illustration I saw.

Hmm, seems to be some Zen sneaking in. After consultation we've decided it means:
"Look at the wall" (Literally "Thing look wall" - there's a character truncated at the end).

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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:10 pm

Beautiful photos! Thanks.
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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:50 pm

Hi Mike
Please excuse my ignorance but what are all the floaties in the pool?
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tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:30 pm

mikenz66 wrote:
zavk wrote:Image
An interesting illustration I saw.

Hmm, seems to be some Zen sneaking in. After consultation we've decided it means:
"Look at the wall" (Literally "Thing look wall" - there's a character truncated at the end).

Mike

Omphaloskepsis; belly button contemplation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omphaloskepsis
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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:56 pm

Hi Ben,
Ben wrote:Hi Mike
Please excuse my ignorance but what are all the floaties in the pool?

Kratongs, as in Loy Kratong, a Thai festival:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loy_Krathong
http://www.paknam.com/festivals/loy-krathong.html

Locally it gets combined with Kathina for logistical reasons.

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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:58 pm

Hi Tilt,
tiltbillings wrote:Omphaloskepsis; belly button contemplation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omphaloskepsis

:jumping:
However the Thai word is definitely "wall"...

Hmm, what's Thai for belly button...? :reading:

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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:06 pm

mikenz66 wrote:Hi Tilt,
tiltbillings wrote:Omphaloskepsis; belly button contemplation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omphaloskepsis

:jumping:
However the Thai word is definitely "wall"...

Hmm, what's Thai for belly button...? :reading:

Mike

You have a very large eye-ball looking at the lower stomach area. What are Thai idioms for stomach, belly button and the like.

Whatever the case, it is an amusing bit of "art."
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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby zavk » Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:19 pm

The illustration is really only a small part of a wider series of words and drawings. I saw it in the little shelter thingy behind the Guanyin rupa, Mike--if you look at the photo above, it is in the shelter with the sign that says 'Bus Stop, Keep Clear'. :) Perhaps, you could check it out the next time you are at the Wat and let us know what the entire thing actually says.
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Re: Hanging out with Mike in Christchurch, New Zealand

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:43 am

tiltbillings wrote:You have a very large eye-ball looking at the lower stomach area.

Hmm, yes, I think I was looking at the perspective wrongly and was confused about where the eye was pointing. And obviously the caption is truncated. You can tell what the next letter is, but maybe there is another syllable or so...

Perhaps I can post the whole thing with a definitive translation next week...

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