April 2006 2549 Number 75
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75newsletter Tudong in Wales The Chapter of Octads
ROCANA VIHARA PROJECT
On 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 unsound.
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.
Luang Por Sumedho:
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 it.
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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