Special Events for Winter/Spring 2019

Special Events

31st December - New Year's Eve vigil
Midnight circumambulation of the Stupa

1st January - Precepts and Resolutions Ceremony
3 pm in the Dhamma hall
There will be a layperson available from 2pm to explain the ceremony to newcomers

5th January to 30th March - Winter Retreat
The community is on Winter Retreat
Visitors are welcome to attend teachings and meditation sessions: Saturday evening meditations and talks as usual, with the guided meditation only on the first Sunday of the month.

16th January - Luang Por Chah Memorial Day
Late-night meditation vigil

19th February - Magha Puja
Late-night meditation vigil

12th May - Vesak Celebration

18th May - Vesak Full Moon Day
Late-night meditation vigil

23rd June - 13th International Thod Pah Pa and Cittaviveka's 40th Anniversary Celebration

29th June - Open Day
An invitation for the public to visit and experience Cittaviveka monastery

Lay Forums

Sundays 2.00 pm in the reception room of the main house

  • 7th April
  • 5th May
  • 2rd June
  • 7th July

Garden Days

Beginning in April, every Sunday, meet at the workshop at 1.30 pm
Any help is appreciated

Forest Work Days

Meet ad the workshop at 1.30 pm

  • 7th April
  • 19th May
  • 9th June

Forest Work Week

5th - 12th July

For more information on the forest work week contact Ed on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vacancy for Long-term Resident Caretaker of Nuns' Cottage

Long-term Lay Resident Caretaker 

From time to time, there is space for a lay person who wishes to deepen their understanding and practice of Buddhism by living within our monastic setting and having the opportunity to stay as a long-term resident at Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery.

Long-term residents follow the schedules and daily routine of the monastery. This involves taking part in the life of the community and regular periods of meditation, work, chores, and occasionally having a solitary retreat time. They are expected to have some basic experience of meditation and mindfulness practice.

We are looking for someone with gardening and maintenance skills to take on the role as the caretaker of Rocana (the nuns’ cottage), taking responsibility for the appearance of the Rocana and Aloka garden areas, looking after garden equipment and hand tools, and working with volunteers.

Applicants should be female, due to available accommodation.

The role would include:

  • Taking care of the nuns’ cottage, especially during their absence
  • Having good household skills and being able to identify maintenance problems
  • Working independently and as part of a team of volunteers and monastics with responsibility for grounds and maintenance
  • Being able to identify plants and be knowledgeable about plant care
  • Digging, planting and weeding flower beds and borders
  • Pruning shrubs
  • Applying nutrients to plants and watering
  • Cleaning and maintaining hand tools and equipment
  • Caring for garden utility areas (garden shed etc.)
  • Supervising experienced and inexperienced volunteers doing basic gardening tasks
  • Implementing safe work procedures
  • Assisting with some clerical duties such as record keeping and safety documentation
  • Undertaking to offer approx. 30 hours of service per week
  • Being physically fit and robust 

Applicants will need to demonstrate they have the right to live in the UK through having a current valid passport and, where required, a visa.

We would invite suitable applicants to stay at the monastery for periods of up to a week during the coming months, when space is available. Following a trial period of three months, the successful applicant may be invited to stay for one year initially, but this will be reviewed every three months. This is a volunteer, residential position, available from mid-December 2017 or April 2018. 

If you are interested, email your CV and a covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or you can speak to Ajahn Cittapala at the monastery or leave a message on the answer phone: 01730 812 125

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 one month, after which we are likely to recycle accumulated items.