Saturday, 10 April 2010

Another Visit to Cittaviveka, Chithurst Buddhist Monastery

The West Wight Sangha are joining forces with the Newport Soto Zen group to pay another
visit to Chithurst Buddhist Monastery. We’re off on Sunday the 25th of April, leaving the West Wight at 7:30 to join the mini-bus at Dave’s for 8:00 to catch the 9:00 boat; we’re booked on the 17:00 ferry back from Portsmouth.

It will be interesting to see what the atmosphere is like with the continuing Bhikkhuni controversy within the Thai Forest Sangha tradition.

According to Thanissara, some of the Siladhara are going out on their own: Ajahn Upekkha is resident in London and needs support, Sister Chandasara is going back to S.Africa on a one way ticket; Ajahn Candasiri will be setting up in Scotland; and Sister Thitamedha last sent out a message saying she was wanting to be a wandering mendicant nun. The last is of particular interest to us as it was Sister Thitamedha who conducted the Lay Forum on our last visit.

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