Announcements

Luang Por Sumedho's Visit

We are very pleased to announce that Luang Por Sumedho will be visiting Cittaviveka between the 20th November and the 27th November this year.

Change of Meal Time

Since the clocks moved back one hour on Sunday the 28th of October we would like to inform you that the time for the daily meal offering changed from 11:30 am to 10:30 am as well.

Forest Work Month 2018

Fri 16th November – Sat 8th December

We offer you an invitation to contribute to this year’s Chithurst Buddhist Monastery Forest Work Month. Caring for the monastery's beautiful woodland we can help to create an environment supportive to those wishing to walk in the footsteps of The Buddha, whilst also maintaining and protecting a space that nourishes and brightens the lives of the many living beings that pass through it.

This years forest work aims to include such activities

  • Native tree planting and the care of recently planted trees
  • Coppicing and stacking wood-fuel for the monastery
  • Maintenance of lowland heath, glades & rides
  • Repairing steps, handrails etc. to maintain good access

The three-week work period will involve a team of up to eight resident laymen and monastics working five days a week. The daily schedule will be work from 8am until 4pm with 2hrs for lunch.

Participants will live under the Eight Precepts and are welcome to join the monastery's morning and evening meditations. Accommodation will be provided at the main monastery, or in a kuti forest hut.

We will meet on the afternoon of Friday 16th November for an introduction, with the work starting the morning of Saturday the 17th. Please arrive by Friday 16th before the meal at 10.30am.

You will need to bring warm working clothes, sturdy footwear, and waterproofs. Working gloves, and all tools and equipment are provided.

Preference is given to those who can come for one, two or best of all three weeks, but you are also welcome to join the team as a non-resident for any day(s) by prior arrangement.

If you would like to take part, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Events Summer/Autum 2018

Special Events

27th July - Asalha Puja
Full Moon Meditation Vigil

24th October - Pavarana Day (End of Vasse)
Full Moon Meditation Vigil

11th November - Kathina
Further Information will be sent out in September

Lay Forums

Sundays 2.00 pm in the reception room of the main house

  • 5th August
  • 2nd September
  • 7th October
  • 4th November
  • 2nd December

Garden Days

Every Sunday, meet at the workshop at 1.30 pm
Any help is appreciated

Forest Work Days

Meet ad the workshop at 1.30 pm

  • 19th August
  • 16th September
  • 14th October

For more information on the forest work month contact the monastery on 01730 814986 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ongoing Dhamma Teachings

Dhamma Hall
Saturday Evening, 7.30 pm, Dhamma Talk
Sunday Evening 7.30 pm, Guided Meditation

Rocana Vihara (Nuns)
There will be a Dhamma Talk on most Tuesdays evenings from July onwards when Ajahn Cittapala is in residence.

Meditation Vigils
During the Vassa there will be midnight meditation vigils on the new and full moons. All are welcome to join.

Nun's Schedule for Summer/Autumn 2018

Tuesday 10th July, Ajahn Cittapala will arrive at Rocana Vihara together with two
anagarikaas to stay for the Vassa

Regular Dhamma talks at Aloka Shrine Room

Tuesdays:
10th, 17th, 24th July
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th August
11th, 25th September
2nd October

We will start with the evening puja at 7:30 and begin the talk around 8:30.

Regular Dana for the nuns community at Rocana Vihara

Thursdays:
12th, 19th, 26th July
9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th August
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th September
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th October

The Dana offering will be at 11:30 AM.

Address: Rocana Vihara, Hammer Lane, Herts GU29 0PF
It would be helpful if you could let us know that you are coming to offer dana:
Tel. 01730 812 125
Thank you.

Vacancy for Long-term Resident Caretaker of Nuns' Cottage

Long-term Lay Resident 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 and regular periods of meditation, work, chores, and occasionally having a solitary retreat time. 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 the caretaker of Rocana (the nuns’ cottage), taking responsibility for the appearance of the Rocana and Aloka garden areas, looking after garden equipment and hand tools, and working with volunteers.

Applicants should be female, due to available accommodation.

The role would include:

  • Taking care of the nuns’ cottage, especially during their absence
  • 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
  • Pruning shrubs
  • Applying nutrients to plants and watering
  • Cleaning and maintaining hand tools and equipment
  • Caring for garden utility areas (garden shed 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 approx. 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 suitable applicants to stay at the monastery for periods of up to a week during the coming months, when space is available. Following a trial period of three months, the successful applicant may be invited to stay for one year initially, but this will be reviewed every three months. This is a volunteer, residential position, available from mid-December 2017 or April 2018. 

If you are interested, email your CV and a covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or you can speak to Ajahn Cittapala at the monastery or leave a message on the answer phone: 01730 812 125

Lost property

Please contact us if you think you might have left something at the monastery. It is our policy to keep lost property in store for a maximum of three months, after which we are likely to recycle accumulated items.