Participating

Regular Meetings:

 

Ongoing Dhamma Teachings:
Dhamma Hall:
Saturday Evening 7:30 p.m. – Dhamma Talk
Sunday Evening 7:30 p.m. – Guided Meditation


 

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. The next Lay Forums are on 10th May, 7th June and 9th August.

 

Forest Work Days - People who would like to help with conservation work in the forest feel welcome to join us on 19th April, and 7th June. 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 2015:


31st December - New Years Eve vigil, Midnight circumambulation of Stupa

 

1st January - Precepts and Resolution Ceremony (3 pm in the Dhamma-Hall)

 

A lay supporter will be available from 2 pm to explain the ceremony to newcomers

 

5th January 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. There will also be meditation vigils until midnight every Saturday.

 

Saturday 17th January - LP Chah Memorial Day - Late night meditation vigil

 

4th March- Magha Puja - Late night meditation vigil

 

5th April - Lay Forum - Start: 14:00 in the reception room

 

19th April - Forest Work Day - Start: 13:30 at the workshop

 

10th May - Lay Forum - Start: 14:00 in the reception room

 

24th May - Vesak Celebration

 

1st June - Vesak Day - Late night meditation vigil

 

7th June - Lay Forum - Start: 14:00 in the reception room

 

7th June - Forest Work Day - Start: 13:30 at the workshop

 

21st June - 9th International Thod Pah Pa

 

4th-11th July - Forest Work Week*

 

9th August - Lay Forum - Start: 14.00 in the reception room

 

* For more Information on the Forest Work Week contact Paul Bruce 07766900622 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


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 1st June 2015.

 

Program for the day will be as follows:

 

10.30 Gather in Dhamma Hall

 

10.45 Taking of Refuges & Precepts followed by Paritta Chanting

 

11.15 Almsround and meal

 

13.30 Gather in the Dhamma Hall. Circumambulation of the Bodhinyana stupa followed by Dhamma talk by Ven. Ajahn Amaro, Abbot, Amaravati Monastery.

 

15:30 Tea and coffee served. An opportunity to meet with senior Sangha

 

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 below). 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 21st June 2015.

 

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

 

01:00 Tidying up after the meal

 

01:30 Procession round the Stupa

 

02:15 Offering of Pha Pa Robes and Blessing

 

03:15 Announcements

 

03:30 Afternoon Activities - There will be a guided tour of the forest and an opportunity to view a kuti. We recommend you bring some good walking shoes if you would like to join the tour.

 

05:00 Tea

 

07:30 Evening Puja

 

 

 

If you would like to help with preparations there will be a meeting at the monastery on May 31stafter the meal (about 1.15pm).

 

 

 

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 22nd November 2015.