Participating

Regular Meetings:

Ongoing Dhamma Teachings:
Dhamma Hall:
Saturday Evening 7:30 p.m. – Dhamma Talk
Sunday Evening 7:30 p.m. – Guided Meditation 
Rocana Vihara (Nuns):
Saturday  5 p.m. – Tea and  Dhamma Contemplation
Tuesday Evening 7:30 p.m. – Dhamma Talk

Lay Forum - Starts at 2 pm. Three lay forums are held in the Spring/Summer and a further three in the Autumn/Winter in Reception room (in the House). At the forum a lay person will speak on a chosen subject. The discussion is then thrown open to the whole group for about 45 minutes and then the Sangha member might answer any questions or queries. Tea will be served at about 4 pm. Everybody is welcome. Next Lay Forums are on 28th April, 26th May, 23rd June and 4th August.

Forest Work Days - People who would like to help with conservation work in the forest feel welcome to join us on 21st April, 12th May, 23rd June and 11th of August. Meet at the workshop 1.30 pm.

Garden Days - People who would like to help with gardening and tidying the monastery grounds from the beginning of April feel welcome to join us any Sunday afternoon. Meet at the workshop 1.30 pm.

 

Special Events Winter/Spring 2013:

31st Dec - New Years Eve vigil - Midnight circumambulation of Stupa
1st Jan - Precepts and Resolution Ceremony (3 pm in the Dhamma Hall) There will be a lay supporter available from 2 pm to explain the ceremony to newcomers
4th Jan to 30th March - The community is on Winter Retreat – Visitors are welcome to attend teachings and meditations: Saturday evening meditation and talks continue as usual and guided meditation on the first Sunday of the month.
16th Jan - L.P. Chah Memorial Day - Late night meditation vigil
25th Feb - Magha Puja - Late night meditation vigil
19th May - Wesak Celebration
24th May - Wesak Day - Late night meditation vigil
16th June - 7th International Thod Pah Pa
18th July - Venerable Ananda Maitreya Stupa Inauguration 2pm 
22nd July - Asalha Puja - Late night meditation vigil 
20th October - Kathina 

 

Festivals:

New Years Eve Vigil & Precepts and Resolution Ceremony - All are welcome to participate in our annual midnight vigil and circumambulation of the Stupa on 31st December. Feel free to arrive any time before 11pm. There will be the normal meditation, chanting and Dhamma talk from 7.30 - 9.30pm.

On 1 January, at 3 pm, we have Precepts and Resolution Ceremony. There will be a lay supporter available from 2 pm to explain the ceremony to newcomers.

Vesak (Vesākha) - Sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday", it actually encompasses the birth, enlightenment (nibbāna), and passing away (Parinibbāna) of the Buddha. The exact date of Vesak varies according to the various lunar calendars used in different traditions. In Theravada countries following the Buddhist calendar, it falls on a full moon Uposatha day, typically in the 5th or 6th lunar month. The date varies from year to year in the Western Gregorian calendar, but usually falls in April or May. The next celebration of Vesak at Cittaviveka is 19th May 2013

Program for the day will be as follows:

10.45 Gather in Dhamma Hall
11.00 Taking of Refuges & Precepts followed by Paritta Chanting
11.30 Almsround and meal  
13.30 Dhamma Talk by Luang Por Khemadhammo (Phra Bhavanaviteth) O.B.E
15.00 Tea and coffee served. An opportunity to meet with Sangha members.
19.30 Evening Puja
 

Thod Pha Pa - A Thod Pha Pa is an occasion when lay people can come together to give alms to the monastery, and it is similar to the Kathina celebration (see bellow). Like all traditions that are truly alive, the Thai Forest tradition has grown and adapted to its new setting, gathering lay supporters from almost every imaginable culture. Our series of International Thod Pha Pa aims to bring all of these different cultural groups together to contribute to the life of the monastery, both financially and socially. We celebrate Thod Pha Pa this year on 16th June, 2013.

Program:

10:30 Start
10:45 Refuges and Precepts
11:00 Offering of Dana (Sanghathan)
11:15 Rice Pindabat & Meal Offering, Lay People’s Meal
13:00 Tidying up after the meal
13:30 Procession round the Stupa
14:15 Offering of Pha Pa Robes and Blessing
15:15 Announcements
15:30 Afternoon Activities
17:00 Tea
19:30 Evening Puja

A Thod Pah Pa newsletter will follow in May.
 

Kathina - Kathina is a time when we all have a chance to celebrate the very special relationship between the lay and monastic parts of the Fourfold Assembly. The Lord Buddha knew what he was doing when he set up this relationship more than 2,500 years ago! By making his monks and nuns materially dependent on the generosity of his lay disciples, he ensured that his Teachings would remain alive through the medium of human relationship. When this relationship is infused with generosity and goodwill on both sides it becomes a very potent vehicle for Awakening.

The core values that are celebrated by the Kathina tradition are those that make living together in harmony possible; qualities like patience, joy, kindness and empathy. In our otherwise confusing, competitive and restless world, it is so important to remember that our own well-being cannot be secure unless it is founded on our practising benevolence to others.

We would like to involve as many people as possible, both on the day and in the time leading up to it. We feel that our own efforts and our ability to work harmoniously with one another will be a fitting expression of the benefits we have gained and hope to gain, from contact with the Buddha's Teaching.

Please join us in whatever way you can as we celebrate the end of the Rains Retreat, this year on 20th October, 2013.