Special Events Summer/Autumn 2017

Asalha Puja 

8th July—Asalha Puja Full Moon Meditation Vigil


Pavarana Day 

5th October—Pavarana Day (End of Vassa Full Moon Meditation Vigil)



22nd October—Kathina (Information will be sent out in September)



Lay Forums

Sundays 2.00pm in the reception room

  •  6th August
  • 3rd September
  • 8th October
  • 5th November
  • 3rd December


Garden Days

Every Sunday

Meet at the workshop 1.30pm

Any help appreciated


Forest Work Days 

Meet at the workshop 1.30 pm

  • 27th August
  • 24th September
  • 17th December


Forest Work Month*

  • 4th-24th November


For more information on the Forest Work Month contact the monastery on 01730 814986 or 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 Tuesday evenings:

from 28th July to 10th November when Ajahn Cittapala is in residence. 


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

Saturday 8th July: Asalha Puja midnight vigil

Saturday 8th July will be the Asalha Puja Full Moon.

We will be celebrating the occasion with a Midnight meditation vigil.

Summer Forest Week 2017

Living at Cittaviveka means that one has access to a well-managed piece of woodland that includes heathland and a lake. It is an enormous asset, and one that is unique to our Sangha in Europe. Living with Nature opens the mind to the grounding energies of the natural world. The benefit is mutual in that it’s because of a non-commercial and environmentally conscious community that the Hammer Wood has been restored to a more natural state after over half a century of use for coppicing, hunting and fishing.

This restoration work and environmental training is ongoing, and this year we are planning to hold another ‘Chithurst Forest Week’ in the summer. This will be the seventh such event in successive years, and will include the now customary ingredients of camping, voluntary work in the woods, forest pujas, and wildlife guided walks. Lay men and women are invited to come and take part. The week begins on Saturday 22nd July and ends the following Saturday 29th July. Some of the tasks are quite physical but most can be carried out by men and women of average fitness. They include things like 'weeding' or cutting bracken, birch and balsam, clearing paths & ponds, & repairing steps, signs & fences.

Participants are expected to keep the eight precepts during the week.

For the detailed program and contact information click here or contact Paul Bruce on 07766900622 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Job Vacancy for new Forest Manager

Position; Forest Manager (Part-Time)

Applications (C.V. & Covering Letter explaining why you are applying) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications to be received by/or on Wednesday 07/06/17,

Working for; Chithurst Buddhist Monastery, Chithurst, Near Midhurst, West Sussex, GU31 5EU


Part-Time; working up to 1 day/week, & for the residential 'Summer Forest Week', & 2 weeks during the 'Winter Work Month'.

Job Outline; This is an exciting opportunity for someone who may be a practising Buddhist, or have an interest in Buddhism, to use their skills within a traditional Buddhist Monastery setting.  You will be managing 150 acres of mixed woodland, heathland glades, a Hammer Pond, and two ancient scheduled monuments.  Hammer Wood is a site of local wildlife importance in the Wealden Greensand area of the South Downs National Park.  You will carry out  a variety of practical tasks working on your own, and with volunteers. You will also need to carry out administrative work, such as managing the Forest Committee, and administering a Higher Level Grant Scheme (HLS), including re-applying in 2018.  You need to be confident, proactive & enthusiastic, with good communication skills, and a good knowledge of wildlife/land management. 

Essential; A Chainsaw Certificate and a full UK driving licence.

For further information click here for a job description

Interview Date; Friday 30th June


To discuss the position Tel. Paul Bruce 07766900622.

10th - 27th May: A quiet time for Chithurst

For much of the time between 10th and 27th May, there will only be 2 monks in residence here at Chithurst. The rest of the community will be at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery for Luang Por Sumedho's retreat (12th-19th) and the International Elder's Meeting (22nd-26th).


Ajahn Sucitto is planning to come back to Chithurst for the weekend of 20th-21st May.


More information about the events at Amaravati can be found here


Vesak Day 2017


Vesak Day Celebration

Sunday 7th May 2017


 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

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

 19.30 Evening Puja


International Thod Pah Pa 2017

Please click here for an invitation from the lay supporters to the International Thod Pah Pa on Sunday June 11th

Ajahn Cittapala at Rocana

Nuns' Visits to Rocana Vihara


Ajahn Cittapala will be resident at Rocana Vihara for the following dates:


Saturday 24th June - Saturday 1st July.

Friday 28th July - Friday 10th November.


While she is here, Ajahn Cittapala will be offering Dhamma reflections on Tuesdays at 7.30pm following puja and meditation at the Aloka Shrine Room.

There will also be Dana with Ajahn Cittapala at the Rocana Vihara on Thursdays. It would be helpful if those who wish to bring dana could let her know beforehand.


All are welcome 

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.