Ven. Sīhanādos Higher Ordination


Upasamada at Amaravati

Upasampadā at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery


Announcing the Bhikkhu Ordination (Upasampadā) of Sāmanera Sīhanādo


On Friday, the 1st of November at 1:30 pm at Amaravati Monastery in the main temple, Sāmanera Sīhanādo will be requesting full acceptance into the Bhikkhu Sangha. After the ceremony, the new Bhikkhu will receive visitors in the Amaravati sālā.


 Samanera Sihanado  All are welcome to attend!

Kathina Festival 2019

Dear Friends of Cittaviveka,  

The Kathina sponsors invite you to join our  Kathina Festival 2019 on  Sunday 3rd  November .

A brief outline of the program:

  • 09:00 Arrive
  • 10:00 Refuges and Precepts
  • 10:30 Rice Pindapat and Meal Offering
  • 13:30 Offering of Kathina cloth
  • 14:30 Dhamma Talk
  • 19:30 Evening Puja and Meditation

For detailed information about the event please see the leaflet from the sponsors which can be viewed here.

If you want to join in organizing the Kathina, please come to the meeting at Chithurst on 29th September at 1.30 pm or speak to anyone on the contact list on the leaflet.

With metta and best wishes from the monastery

Forest Work Month 2019

Saturday 9th November till Friday 29th November this year we will have your Forest Work Month at CBM


We offer you an invitation to contribute to this year’s Chithurst Buddhist Monastery Forest Work Month: Caring for the monastery's beautiful woodland we can help to create an environment supportive to those wishing to walk in the footsteps of The Buddha, whilst also maintaining and protecting a space that nourishes and brightens the lives of the many living beings that pass through it.

This year’s forest work aims to include such activities as:

  • Native tree planting and the care of recently planted trees
  • Coppicing and stacking wood-fuel for the monastery
  • Maintenance of lowland heath, glades & rides
  • Repairing steps, handrails etc. to maintain good access

The three-week work period will involve a team of up to ten resident laymen and monastics working five days a week. The daily schedule will be work from 8am until 4pm with 2hrs for lunch.

Participants will live under the Eight Precepts and are welcome to join the monastery's morning and evening meditations. Accommodation will be provided at the main monastery, or in a kuti forest hut.

We will meet on the afternoon of Saturday 9th November for an introduction, with the work starting on the morning of Sunday 10th. Please arrive by Saturday 9th before the meal at 10.30 am.

You will need to bring

  • warm working clothes,
  • sturdy footwear, and
  • waterproofs.

Working gloves, tools and equipment are provided.

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

If you would like to take part, please contact: forest{at}

Special Events Summer / Autumn 2019

  • 16th July – Asalha Puja Full Moon Meditation Vigil
  • 13th  Oct. – Pavarana Day (End of Vassa) Full Moon Meditation Vigil
  • 3rd Nov. – Kathina (Information will be sent out in Sept.)

Lay Forums

Sundays 2.00 pm in the reception room

  • 4th August
  • 1st September
  • 6th October
  • 10th November
  • 1st December 

Forest Work Days

Sundays 1.30pm

Meet at the workshop 

  • 25th August
  • 22nd  September
  • 20th October

Forest Work Month

   9th – 29th Nov. (for more Information on the Forest Work Month please contact the monastery)

Garden Days

Every Sunday – Meet at the workshop 1.30 pm (any help appreciated)

Ongoing Dhamma Teachings:

Dhamma Hall:

  • Saturday Evening 7.30pm – Dhamma Talk
  • Sunday Evening 7.30pm – Guided Meditation 

Rocana Vihara (Nuns):

There will be a Dhamma Talk on most Tuesday evenings from July onwards when Ajahn Cittapala is in residence.

Midnight Vigils:

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

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.

Activities in November/December

Lay Forum – The next forum is on 9th December, starting at 2 pm. 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.

Forest Work Month - 10th–30th  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 – People who would like to help with gardening and tidying the monastery grounds feel welcome to join us ANY Sunday afternoon. Meet at the workshop 1.30 pm.

New Years Eve Vigil & Precepts and Resolution Ceremony - on 31st December.

For more activities in later months see Participating.