, popularly known as Chithurst Buddhist Monastery
, is an English
monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition
of Theravada Buddhism
. Established in 1979 by Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho, it was the founding monastery of the Thai Forest Tradition in the West. Cittaviveka
, (a Pali
name meaning 'the mind of non-attachment'), is located in Chithurst
, West Sussex
, in an area of secluded woodland, a short distance from Petersfield
The property was acquired by the English Sangha Trust in 1979. Ajahn Sumedho
was the first abbot. The current abbot is Ajahn Sucitto.
There are now four other monasteries in the same tradition namely: Amaravati Buddhist Monastery (opened in 1985); Aruna Ratanagiri, Harnham Buddhist Monastery; Hartridge Buddhist Monastery and The Forest Hermitage.
The monastery is supported by the lay community and the English Sangha Trust.