The Monastery

Cittaviveka is a monastery in the lineage of the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism.  It was established in 1979 by Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho, who was the first abbot.

The current abbot is Ajahn Karuniko who was born in Greater Manchester in 1953. After graduating in Electronic Engineering in 1975 he worked for several years before coming to take up residence as a novice at Cittaviveka in 1982. He became a bhikkhu in 1984 at Cittaviveka with Ajahn Sumedho as his preceptor.

The resident community comprises some 20-25 monks, nuns and novices, as well as lay guests. 

Ajahn Karuniko