The community has continued to be well and covid-free. Thank you for your kind support, patience and consideration over the last two years.
We expect to reopen for our usual activities during March and April 2022. The community is on retreat until the end of March, and so we are anyway normally less engaged during this time.
The Sunday evening pujas will be open again from Sunday March 6th, and the meditation workshops will begin again on 2nd April. During March the buildings are not open to the public unless by arrangement, however the Dhamma Hall is open before the meal time for the giving of the anumodana and to speak with one of the monks. We expect to fully reopen at the beginning of April. Because of our annual retreat time, it is currently not possible to arrange to come and stay as a guest, and we are already fully booked until the end of April. From mid-March, you can contact the guest monk to arrange a stay in May or later.
For those coming to offer dana, for the time being there will still be no access to the kitchen. Offerings can still be brought to the conservatory entrance, and we are then inviting people to come into the Dhamma Hall for the anumodana.
Anumodana and much appreciation for the generous support of many friends over recent months.
For friends and supporters wanting to know how things are working at he moment, here is a brief summary:
1. The buildings remain closed to visitors for the time being, with the exception of the Dhamma Hall just before the meal time. 2. If you are hoping to come and stay as a guest, you can contact us from mid-March to arrange stays later in the year. See the Coming to Stay section for more information.
3.You are welcome to come to the monastery to offer dana, whether cooked food or supplies. If possible please phone us on 01404 891251 or email prior to coming. One or more of the monks will be available to offer an anumodana and for a conversation.
4. If you are looking for online resources to help support you, we suggest that a good place to start is the website of Amaravati, our main monastery: www.amaravati.org They have an extensive library of free Dhamma talks, books, guided meditations and chanting which you can download. If you would like a hard copy of a particular book, many of these are also available on request from us or from Amaravati. Amaravati are also posting videos of Dhamma talks online at: https://vimeo.com/amaravativideo.
Both Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries are live streaming Dhamma talks on a regular basis: see www.amaravati.org and www.cittaviveka.org respectively
Thank you for your support and understanding. May all beings be well. May all beings be at peace.