Nuns' presence at Rocana Vihara

2017 nuns' presence at Rocana Vihara, the nuns’ cottage at Chithurst — for the rest of this year

until Friday 10th November (Ajahn Cittapala and Anagarikaa Suttisa)

Friday 15th - Sunday 31st (?) December (our departure date will depend on an opportunity to get a lift back to Amaravati)

There will be one or two anagarikaas coming along — to be decided

Ajahn Cittapala may have to go to Amaravati for 2 days (19th and 20th Dec.)


2017 — coming dates for Thursday Dana at Rocana Vihara

9th November

21st December

28th December


The the time for the dana will be 10:30 AM (British winter-time).

There will be an opportunity to have a dhamma-conversation after the meal.

You are welcome to call that morning if you want to let us know that you are coming: 

01730 812125


Address: Rocana Vihara (Hammer Cottage)

Hammer Lane



Hampshire GU29 0PF


2017 — coming Tuesday Talks at Aloka Shrine Room

7th November

26th December

Forest Month 2017

Sun 5th November – Fri 24th November

We offer you an invitation to contribute to this year's Forest 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, while also maintaining and protecting a space, which can nourish and brighten the lives of the many living beings who pass through it.

This year's forest work aims to included such activities as:

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


For more information please click here...

... or contact our new Forest Manager, Ed Midmore, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or phone: 07462743392)

Chithurst Kathina 2017

Dear Friends of Cittaviveka,


You are all invited to join our Kathina Festival 2017 on Sunday 22nd October.


A brief outline of the program:


10:00 am Arrive

10:30 am Refuges and Precepts

11:00 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.


If you want to join in organizing the Kathina please come to the meeting at Chithurst on 24th September at 1.30 pm or speak to anyone on the contact list on the leaflet.


With metta and kind regards from the monastery


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

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.

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.