'Thitadhamma-Sala' is the name of Wat Pah Nanachats new Dhamma-hall. It means to be well established in the Dhamma and is Luang Por Liem's Pali name.
The eastern side of the new 'Thitadhammasala' on Feb 18th 2010, eleven months after tearing down the old sala
Luang Por See Sirinyano coming to visit for the evening of the Sala-opening.
Luang Por See Sirinyano receiving one of the models of Phra Buddhakaruna", the Buddha statue to be cast.
The monks gathered in the shrine area for chanting, meditating and listening to Dhamma-talks throughout the night before the Buddha rupa is being cast.
Listening to Dhamma-talks all night in the new sala
Luang Por Liem giving a Dhamma talk in the evening before the Buddha-pouring
Luang Por Sumedho
Ajahn Jayasaro giving the precepts and a Dhamma talk in the morning of Magha Puja day, an important Buddhist holy day
The ceremony of formally offering the Dhamma - sala to the Sangha
Before the meal
Senior monks from various Wat Nong Pah Pong branch monasteries
The monks taking food
The beginning of the casting process:
The mold (or casting-form) of the Buddha-statue is being evenly heated in a brick-oven for several days. This slowly melts away the wax-layer that fills the gap in the casting-mold, creating the space into which the metal is going to be poured. While melting away slowly, the heated wax seeps into the gypsum-form creating a smooth surface for the cast.
Luang Por Sumedho has a look at the casting site in the morning of the 18th, when the fires are being stoked up to prepare for melting the brass.
Preparing the form for casting the Buddha statue and lighting the fires for melting the metal early in the morning.
The casting form for Buddha statue to be is sitting on it's head
Stoves for melting the metal.
The casting form and the stoves melting the metal.
Monks watching the preparation for the casting of the Buddha image at Wat Pah Nanachat.
Workers setting up the form for casting the statue
Brass plates with engraved dedications of merit and good wishes by the donors to be melted into the statue
Melting down various items of brass to be poured. On top of the black bucket is the flame of the Buddha statue from the old Wat Pah Nanachat sala.
Luang Por Liem and monks from Wat Pah Pong inspecting the casting site
Luang Por Sumedho looking at the preparations and talking with the head of the casting team.
Various old brass items being melted down as the material for the statue.
The casting site in the central area of Wat Pah Nanachat
A shrine with a model and pictures of the Buddha statue to be cast.
A model of 'Phra Buddhakaruna', the Buddha image to be cast.
Ajahn Kevali putting silver offerings in the melting pan.
Melting down some silver to go into the statue
The casting site at the 'roundabout' in Wat Pah Nanachat, the former cremation site of Bung Wai charnel ground.
Monks from various Wat Pah Pong branches attending the ceremony
Luang Por Liem as the head of the assembly blessing the casting
Luang Por Liem focusing on lighting a ceremonial candle as a blessing
Beginning of the ceremony by paying respects to Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha
Wat Pah Nanachats lay community attending the ceremony
Senior monks invited to melt down gold items for the first pan that starts the pouring ceremony
Melting down gold items that are donated to go into the cast
Luang Por Liem melting a pan of gold as the first portion of the pour
The beginning of the pouring; accompanied by blessing-chants by all the monks
Ajahn Jayasaro, Luang Por Kam, Luang Por Liem, Luang Por Sumedho and Ajahn Kevali blessing the pour
Ajahn Jayasaro, Luang Por Kam, Luang Por Liem, Luang Por Sumedho and Ajahn Kevali giving their blessing while the statue is being cast
Chanting verses of blessing in Pali while the Buddha statue is being poured
Offering gifts to the senior monks
Celebrating Magha Puja day in the evening after the casting of the Buddha image
Closing the day recollecting the events of Magha Puja day with flowers, candles and incense used for the traditional circumambulation
Wat Pah Nanachats lay community celebrating Magha Puja day in the new sala
Lighting the candles for the traditional candle procession
Beginning the circumambulation with flowers candles and incense coming from the new sala
Circumambulating the uposatha-hall with candels
Ending the ceremony at the newly cast Buddha statue