Maintenance Manager Vacancy

We are seeking applications for the position of Maintenance Manager at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery.


2½ – 3 days per week, starting in April/May 2017.


Responsibilities will include: managing the annual maintenance budget; seeking quotes and co-ordinating building and maintenance projects and repair works with external contractors or volunteers; giving regular feedback to the maintenance committee. Remuneration to be agreed.


Candidates should be computer literate and have some experience in overseeing maintenance projects. If you would like to make a long-term commitment to an established Buddhist Monastery and believe you can communicate well with a wide range of lay people and monastics, please send your CV and/or covering letter to Sam Ford, Chair of Maintenance Committee before the end of March. Or for further details about the vacancy or any enquiries, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Special Events Winter/Spring 2017

31st Dec - New Year’s Eve vigil - Midnight circumambulation of the Stupa


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

There will be a lay person available from 2 pm to explain the ceremony

to newcomers.


6th 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

11th Feb - Magha Puja - Late night meditation vigil


7th May - Vesak Celebration


10th May – Vesak Full Moon Day - Late night meditation vigil


11th June - 11th International Thod Pah Pa





Lay Forums

Sundays 2.00pm in the reception room

  • 2nd April
  • 14th May
  • 4th June
  • 2nd July


Garden Days

Beginning in April—Every Sunday

Any help appreciated

Meet at the workshop 1.30pm


Forest Work Days

Meet at the workshop 1.30 pm

  • 23rd April
  • 28th May
  • 25th June 

Forest Work Week

  • 22nd-29th July

(Contact Paul Bruce 07766900622 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

if you are interested to join.)



Nuns' Schedule for Autumn 2016


Ajahn Sundara and Ajahn Candasiri will be at Cittaviveka on Sunday 30th October (Kathina) and staying on at Rocana Vihara for the time of the Elders Council Meetings (1st and 2nd Nov.).
Ajahn Sundara is invited to give the Talk at Aloka Shrine Room on Tuesday 1st November (7:30 evening Puja and Meditation, 8:30 Talk).

Ajahn Candasiri will be present for the Dana at Rocana Vihara on Thursday 3rd November at 11:00 AM (!). She will have time to speak with friends after the meal before returning to Scotland later that afternoon.

Ajahn Cittapala will continue to be resident at Rocana Vihara until mid November and offer a Talk at Aloka Shrine Room on the remaining Tuesdays (25th October and 8th November) and be present for the Dana at Rocana Vihara onThursday 3rd and 10th November.

The plan is for Ajahn Cittapala to come back to Rocana Vihara for one week in December (16th - 27th) and offer one more Tuesday Talk (20th Dec.) and  opportunity for a Thursday Dana at Rocana (23th Dec.).

Change of Mealtime to 10:30 a.m

With the change to British Winter Time on Sunday 30 October 2016, the Sangha will have their meal at 10.30 am.

If you are bringing food to offer to the Sangha, please aim to arrive by 10.15 am.

Forest Month - November 2016

Sun 6th November – Fri 26th November

This autumn Chithurst Monastery is again setting aside three weeks for a team of up to 8 resident laymen & junior monastics to work five days a week in Hammer Wood, mornings & afternoons (8 am to 4 pm with 2 hrs for lunch & break).

The Laymen who take part, will be given a room and have the opportunity to spend some time in one of the forest Kutis (forest huts usually reserved for monastics). They can join the community for morning and evening meditations, and will undertake the Eight Precepts.

The forest work includes such things as:

Collecting and stacking firewood (1st 8 days - Heavy work)
Tree planting and/or the care of recently planted trees
Clearing invasive trees in heathland glades & rides
Repairing steps, handrails etc. to maintain good access

We will meet on Sunday afternoon, 6th November, to introduce the forest month & plan the start of the work for Monday 2nd November. Please arrive on Saturday 31st October or Sunday 1st November before the meal (10.30 am). You are expected to stay the night on Friday 25th November and can leave after the main meal on Saturday 26th November.

If you would like to take part, please contact Paul Bruce on
07766900622 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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 with Paul.

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

Cittaviveka Kathina - 30th Oct. 2016

Dear Friends of Cittaviveka,

you are all invited to join our Kathina Festival 2016 on Sunday, 30th October.


A brief outline of the program:

9:00 am Arrive

10:00 am Refuges and Precepts

10:30 am Rice Pindapat and Meal Offering

1:30 pm Offering of Kathina cloth

2:30 pm Dhamma Talk

7:30 pm Evening Puja and Meditation

For detailed information about the event please see the leaflet which can be downloaded here from our homepage. If you want to join in organizing the Kathina please come to the monastery on 25th September at 1.30 pm or speak to anyone on the contact list on the leaflet.

50 years Hampshire Buddhist Society

On 1st October the 50 year Anniversary of the Hampshire Buddhist Society will be commemorated by a Dana and tree planting. In case you would like to join the event you are very welcome to join. It will start at 11:00 a.m.

For further details please contact Ros Dean:

phone: 0238 0422430

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Special Events Summer/Autumn 2016

19th July - Asalha Puja

                  Full Moon meditation Vigil

20th July - Vassa begins

21st - 27th July - Monastic Group Retreat

                            All are welcome to join

                            5:00 - 6:00 am - Puja and Meditation

                            8:15 - 11:00 - Meditation (Sit - Walk - Sit)

                            14:00 - 17:00 - Meditation (Sit - Walk - Sit)

                            19:30 - 20:45 - Puja and Meditation

16th  Oct. – Pavarana Day (End of Vassa)

                   Full Moon Meditation Vigil

30th October - Kathina (Information will be sent out in September)


Lay Forums

Sundays 2.00pm in the reception room

7th August

4th September

 2nd October

6th November

 4th December

Forest Work Days

Meet at the Workshop 1.30 pm

14th August

18th September

23rd  October

18th December

Forest Work Month 6th  - 26th  November

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

Garden Days

Every Sunday

Meet at the workshop 1.30pm

Any help appreciated


Ajahn Cittapala at Rocana

Nuns' Visits to Rocana Vihara


Ajahn Cittapala will be resident at Rocana Vihara from Friday 27th May - Friday 3rd June


Ajahn Cittapala will be offering Dhamma reflections on Tuesday 31st May 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 Thursday 2nd June.



All are welcome


Vesak Day Celebration 2016

Please click here for information about the Vesak Day Celebration schedule on Sunday May 15th



Change of Mealtime to 11:30

With the change to British Summer Time on Sunday 27 March 2016, the Sangha will have their meal at 11.30 am.

If you are bringing food to offer to the Sangha, please aim to arrive by 11.15 am.


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.