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Announcements

  • SOUTHEAST ASIAN NEW YEAR (SONGKRAN)
    There will be a gathering at Cittaviveka Monastery to observe the Southeast Asian New Year (Songkran) on Sunday, April 14, 2024. We will post more details here closer to the date.
  • WINTER RETREAT 2024
    The monastic community at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery is observing a three-month period of silent retreat from 5 January through 31 March. This is a much-appreciated opportunity to set aside most of our regular duties and focus more on meditation and reflection on the Buddha’s teachings. Daily Meal-offering and Support The daily meal-offering is at 10:30 am, and everyone is welcome to join us for it. People wishing to make offerings of prepared foods to be consumed on that day should aim to arrive by 10.00 am, which gives ample time for your offerings to be arranged in the kitchen. Within the monastery, the retreat is being supported by a team of people from the broader community who have come to live and develop their Dhamma practice in more active and practical roles. Day Visits and Accommodations During the retreat, day visitors are very welcome to come and participate in all of the meditation sessions and talks in the Dhamma Hall, or simply come and experience the quietude of the monastery in the same way as when we’re not in retreat. Please note that there is no provision of overnight accommodation for guests during the retreat. Teachings The weekly guided meditation will take place every Sunday evening at 7:30 pm in the Dhamma Hall. This will also be shared via live stream on the monastery YouTube channel. Dhamma talk will be offered on the lunar quarters (see link for the dates). The talks on the full and new moons will be shared via live stream. Please visit the monastery website to acquire the links for our live stream events: www.cittaviveka.org/upcoming-livestreams Engagement Because the monastic community is observing Noble Silence, please don’t expect the normal level of engagement that you might be accustomed to. We appreciate your support and hope that you benefit from your time here. With gratitude and well wishes, The Chithurst community
  • OPENING HOURS AND WAYS OF PARTICIPATING
    Use of the Dhamma Hall Visitors are now welcome to visit the monastery from early morning until the end of the group practice session that evening, i.e. evening pujas, guided meditations, Dhamma talks and midnight vigils. ​ We ask people to refrain from visiting the monastery if they are feeling unwell with symptoms of respiratory illnesses. Sharing the Midday Meal Offering Now that it is British Summer Time, the midday meal offering is at 10.30 am. Making Food Offerings The arrangements for people wishing to offer prepared dishes for the meal will remain the same, taking dishes directly to the kitchen. Other offerings of requisites can also be offered at the house or in the Dhamma Hall. Dhamma Teachings Guided meditations take place each week on Sunday evenings at 7.30 pm. Dhamma talks are offered on the lunar quarters. You can freely download a calendar showing the lunar days by using this link. We intend to live stream the weekly guided meditation, as well as the Dhamma talk on the full and new moons. Monastery Routine Please visit our website to view the monastery's daily routine. As always, please regularly check our website for changes or updates. Also, please consider signing up for our e-newsletter and announcements. You can do this by visiting the Subscribe to Newsletter page on our website.
  • FOREST SANGHA CALENDAR 2024
    A PDF of the 2024 calendar is available for download from the forestsangha.org website. To obtain a printed copy we suggest you visit your nearest monastery and see if they still have any to distribute.
  • SUNDAY TEATIME Q&A WITH A SENIOR MONK OR NUN
    The weekly Sunday teatime Q&A with a senior monk or nun will take place on the ground floor of the main house starting at 5.00 pm. Everyone is welcome to stay afterwards and join in with the weekly guided meditation at 7.30 pm in the Dhamma Hall. The tea time Q&A does not happen during the months of January, February, and March (the annual Winter Retreat).
  • GEORGE SHARP – 1933-2022
    On Saturday 6 August 2022, George Sharp passed away peacefully at his home in north London, aged 89. From 1972 to 1995 he served as Chairman of The English Sangha Trust, and since then has remained a close friend and supporter of our sangha. In late 1976 he initiated the invitation to Ajahn Chah to come to England and establish the first monastery in the West in the tradition of the Forest Sangha. George was formerly an art director, as well as being an award winning artist, painter and illustrator. His work includes illustrations for James Clavell’s Thrump-O-Moto and M.M. Kaye’s Kipling. Here follows a brief account of George and his initial efforts to establish a Forest Sangha monastery in Britain, as recounted by Luang Por Sumedho: I was very impressed by George’s understanding of what was needed, that we weren’t going to be put in an impossible position of just becoming meditation teachers or writing newsletters. His whole emphasis was guided by the wisdom of Ajahn Maha Boowa and Ajahn Paññavaddho regarding the establishment of a forest monastery where the development of a bhikkhu could be made possible within the European setting. That impressed me so much that I encouraged George to come and visit Thailand and to meet Luang Por Chah, because I thought that he should at least come and see what our life is like. Living in a city townhouse is different from living in the Thai Forest tradition. But if George came to Wat Pah Pong in Ubon, then he would see for himself: ‘Is this what you really want?’
  • MONTHLY LAY FORUM – Sunday 3 December 2023
    Monthly Lay Forums typically take place at the monastery on the first Sunday of the month, from 2.00-4.30 pm in the Shrine Room of the main house. The next Lay Forum will be held on Sunday 3 December. Topic – Metta Bhavana (Cultivation of Loving Kindness) Date and time – Sunday 3 December from 2:00-4:30 pm Place – the ground floor of the main house The Lay Forum consists of a short ten-minute meditation, followed by a talk by a lay person, then a talk by a monk or nun. Each of these two talks will last approximately fifteen minutes. After this, there is some informal discussion in small groups of around five people for forty-five minutes, followed by a larger group sharing for thirty minutes. We usually chant one of the reflections at the end, finishing with a cup of tea and chocolate until 4.30 pm. The Lay Forum is open to all, with an emphasis on valuing your own extensive life experience and aspirations regardless of your familiarity with Buddhism, though committed practitioners are especially welcome. Some people may wish to stay on to meet with a monk or nun for the weekly teatime Q&A at 5.00 pm in the ground floor of the main house. The weekly guided meditation follows at 7.30 pm, in the Dhamma Hall. The guided meditation will also be offered as a livestream event. Please visit our livestream webpage to acquire the link. As always, people are very welcome to come earlier in the day and participate in the midday meal offering, which is at 11.30am from late March through October. If you wish to receive the monastery newsletter, along with regular updates about Cittaviveka, please visit the Subscription Registration page of this website.
  • LONG-TERM LAY RESIDENT GARDENER AND CARETAKER
    From time to time, there is space for a lay person who wishes to deepen their understanding and practice of Buddhism by living within our monastic setting and having the opportunity to stay as a long-term resident at Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery. Long-term residents follow the schedules and daily routine of the monastery. This involves taking part in the life of the community, including regular periods of meditation, work, chores, and occasionally having a period of solitary retreat. They are expected to have some basic experience of meditation and mindfulness practice. We are looking for someone with gardening and maintenance skills to take on the role as our gardener, that is, taking responsibility for the appearance of the garden areas of Rocana and Aloka (the buildings where the women’s community dwell), looking after garden equipment and hand tools, and working with volunteers. Also, this role includes some help with maintaining the buildings where the female guests are living. Due to available accommodation, applicants should be female. The role would include: ▪ Helping to take care of the buildings where the female guests are staying ▪ Having good household skills and being able to identify maintenance problems ▪ Working independently and as part of a team of volunteers and monastics with responsibility for grounds and maintenance ▪ Being able to identify plants and be knowledgeable about plant care ▪ Digging, planting and weeding flower beds and borders, mowing the lawns ▪ Pruning shrubs ▪ Applying nutrients to plants and watering ▪ Cleaning and maintaining hand tools and equipment ▪ Caring for garden utility areas (garden shed, compost bays etc.) ▪ Supervising experienced and inexperienced volunteers doing basic gardening tasks ▪ Implementing safe work procedures ▪ Assisting with some clerical duties such as record keeping and safety documentation ▪ Undertaking to offer approximately 30 hours of service per week ▪ Being physically fit and robust Applicants will need to demonstrate they have the right to live in the UK through having a current valid passport and, where required, a visa. We would invite a suitable applicant to stay at the monastery for a period of up to 3 months. Following a trial period of 3 months, the successful applicant may be invited to stay for one year initially. This will be reviewed every 3 months. This is a volunteer residential position, available from May 2022. If you are interested, email your CV and a covering letter to office@cittaviveka.org, or you can speak to Ajahn Cittapala at the monastery.
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