The Monastery

Welcome to Cittaviveka! Or at least a brief tour of it... Cittaviveka (pronounced chitta-vee-vayka) is also known as Chithurst Buddhist Monastery and is a monastery in the tradition of Theravada Buddhism, more specifically in the lineage of the Thai forest masters. As such it is a residence for bhikkhus (monks) and siladharas (nuns), where their life of training in ethics, meditation and renunciation can be supported in a quiet rural environment. The monastery is not a retreat centre, but a living environment of woodland, ponds, wildlife – and human dwellings. Here, through ethical guidelines, meditation and community work, we practise living in harmony. The community welcomes men and women who wish to visit, stay as guests or make a commitment to the monastic life. Like the Buddha’s teaching, the beauty and peace of Cittaviveka can only be experienced by entering into it; however, this website is an invitation for you to browse and ‘come and see’ for yourself in advance.