2549 Number 75
The Forest Sangha is
a world-wide Buddhist community
in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn
Tudong in Wales
The Chapter of Octads
ROCANA VIHARA PROJECT
22nd June 1979 the monks arrived at Chithurst House, and Cittaviveka
Monastery was established. Soon thereafter, with the blessing
of Luang Por Chah, women joined the monastic community. The nuns
residence, Aloka Cottage, a ten minute walk from the main house,
was purchased in 1980.
Recently, the property beside Aloka Cottage became available. Given
its location and the nuns need for more accommodation, the
English Sangha Trust bought it, naming the purchase the Rocana Vihara
Project. Part of this Project is also to build a shrine room for
the nuns as their existing shrine room is small and structurally
Financial donations can be made to The English Sangha Trust
at either Amaravati or Cittaviveka. For further information,
contact Medhina: Tel: (01273) 483006 or
email: rocanaproject @amaravati.org.
Until now the nuns have been very dependent
on the main house; the new cottage will allow them more separation.
For example, they will be able to have their own office there. In
this way, though living in the same monastery, they will be less
dependent on the house and that is better, both for the nuns
and the monks.
From my position the new cottage seems a very welcome addition.
If you can make the situation better for the nuns at Cittaviveka,
I think Why not? It makes sense, if possible, to improve
The Rocana Vihara got off to an auspicious start.
On the 3rd of January lay friends offered dana there to the whole
community quite a feat, as we had gained access just that
morning. During that day many folk came to see the place, and many
joined our scrubbing party. As the winter retreat was
about to begin we did a good enough move; we will sort
out some of the logistics in spring. The cottage feels good to be
in: it quickly had the sense of being part of the monastery.
Given the pressure on Aloka and the shared resources at the main
house the sisters are grateful to have more room and to now have
reasonable accommodation to offer our guests. The advent of Rocana
Vihara meant more women could benefit from the winter retreat here.
There have been many spontaneous and heart-warming happenings in
support: blessings keep pouring in the door. The generosity of heart
that has manifested in response to the news of the Project is something
for the community here to remember: may it fuel our practice.
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