The community has continued to be well and covid-free. Thank you for your kind support, patience and consideration over the last two years.
The monastery has been partially open since summer, but with the recent rise in covid cases we are temporarily suspending most of our activities. The Sunday evening pujas are not open to the public for the time being, and we do not plan to have meditation workshops again until the end of March. At most other times the buildings are not open to the public unless by arrangement, however the Dhamma Hall is open for a little while before the meal time for the giving of the anumodana and to speak with one of the monks. Because of our annual retreat time, it is currently not possible to arrange to come and stay as a guest. We expect that we will reopen for guests from April 2022.
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.