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Kathina Festival 2014

A Kathina Festival will be held at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery on Sunday, 2nd November. The Kathina is a tradition that has been followed for over 2500 years. It takes place during the month following the end of the Vassa (the three months’ Rains Retreat). At the time of Kathina, lay followers make a special offering of the Kathina cloth, and in addition other requisites to the Sangha.

Kathina is a very happy, warm-hearted time for celebration. It is a time to come together, focusing on the single act of generosity of offering the cloth.

More details of the day including a schedule of events will be posted soon.

posted 28 Sep 2014

Sunday Afternoon Talks 2014 (13th July to 5th October)

In keeping with an established tradition, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery will be offering Sunday afternoon Dhamma talks during the traditional three-month ‘Rains Retreat’ which runs from the full moon of July until to the full moon of October.

The talks will take place every Sunday beginning on the 13th of July and continuing through until the 5th of October. The talks commence at 2.00pm (in the Sala) and will be followed by 15 minute a break for tea (3pm). Then the afternoon will continue with a period of questions and answers.

The Sunday talks will be as follows:
13th July     “Marananussati—contemplations of death”                      Ajahn Amaro

20th July     “Believing in assumptions versus reality”                        Ajahn Sundara

27th July     “The way it is”                                                        Luang Por Sumedho

3rd Aug       “The blessings of this human life”                                Ajahn Amaro

10th Aug     “If you truly love me, don’t create me in your mind”            Ajahn Amaro

17th Aug     “Wisdom and Samadhi”                                          Ajahn Kalyano

24th Aug     “How to stop thinking”                                            Ajahn Sundara
31st Aug     “Work and the path”                                              Ajahn Amaro

7th Sept       “I am the owner of my Kamma”                                  Ajahn Bodhipala

14th Sept     “Doing Nothing”                                              Ajahn Nyanarato

21st Sept     “Letting go versus getting rid of”                                Ajahn Sundara

28th Sept     “What is the best religion?”                                      Ajahn Amaro

5th Oct         “Gratitude to parents”                                            Ajahn Nyanarato


posted 12 Jul 2014

Creative Weekend 5-7 December 2014

With our hands, we manifest our relationship to the world and to ourselves; with our feet as well, though differently.

During this weekend, we will explore how our hands and feet are serving us to open to what we are sensing and feeling and how to find our ground and creative responses.

Underlying this exploration is the inner ‘knowing’, our real ground.

We will offer devotional pujas and ways of exploring and reflecting on the theme individually and in the group. This will include periods of silent meditation (sitting, walking, moving, painting) to strengthen present moment awareness. In addition, the contemplation of Buddhist teachings will help us to develop a perspective on the flow of sense impressions.

We ask all participants to follow the 5 Precepts and take refuge in the Triple Gem. Part of the weekend will be held in silence.

The Creative Weekend is under the umbrella of the Family Events held at Amaravati. This particular retreat is open to anyone who is over 18. You are requested to participate for the duration of the weekend.

There is no charge for attending retreats at Amaravati. However, to meet the running costs of the retreat centre, we do rely on the generosity of those attending. Previous retreatants will have made a donation, enabling others to attend.
As a guideline: The costs for running the centre are approx. £ 20 per person/day. Any donations are anonymous and entirely voluntary, retreatants are invited to give whatever they are able to offer.                 

The retreatants are asked to bring food/dishes for a shared lunch on Saturday and Sunday (pot luck) and to help with some meal preparations.

The Retreat starts between 5 and 6:30pm on Friday (with a light meal) and ends around   4 pm on Sunday.

It will be led by
Sister Cittapala

For more information and booking got to the dedicated family camp website here, please contact Joy Love

For more information:
Family Camp website

Have a look here for more information.

posted 11 Jul 2014

The International Elders’ Meeting 2014 at Amaravati

Luang Por Liem and Luang Por Sumedho as well as over 100 monks and nuns from all corners of the globe were present for the International Elders’ Meeting which took place over six days at the end of May at Amaravati.

This auspicious gathering gave an opportunity for the Sangha as well as many guests and visitors to hear Dhamma talks from Luang Por Liem, Luang Por Sumedho and other respected Elders of the Forest Sangha.

During this week, the abbots of the many branch monasteries of the Forest tradition were able to meet together to discuss a number of important issues relevant to Sangha life. Larger gatherings during this time enabled the Elders of the various communities to discuss important topics relevant to samanas and to monastic life in the 21st century. Some meetings were also open to all the monks and nuns, samaneras, anagarikas and anagarikaas resident within the monastery and gave an opportunity for all to contribute and to meet with one another.

posted 13 Apr 2014

Amaravati’s long-term plans

Scale model of Amaravati plans

Amaravati Buddhist Monastery has recently unveiled plans to redevelop the site, replacing the original wooden buildings built in 1939.


posted 29 Nov 2013

Looking Ahead Summer 2014 issue published

The Summer 2014 issue of Looking Ahead, Amaravati’s newsletter, is now published and available for download on our new Newsletters webpage. This issue of Looking Ahead includes information about Ajahn Sumedho’s birthday celebrations and the 30th Anniversary of Amaravati monastery this summer.


posted 20 Jul 2014

Suspension of Saturday Evening Dhamma Talks

During the Vassa period, while the Sunday afternoon talks are taking place, the Saturday evening Dhamma talks will no longer be scheduled. There will continue to be evening puja on Saturdays beginning, as usual, at 7.30pm with chanting, followed by silent meditation.

posted 11 Jul 2014


Please note that we have a speed limit of 30 mph from the turn off the A4146 through the village and on to St Margaret’s Lane where the monastery is situated. We are in a quiet residential area. Please respect our neighbours, who generously tolerate the traffic that passes through to the monastery, by slowing down. Thank you.

posted 21 May 2014

Forest Sangha Newsletter 2014

The 2014 issue of Forest Sangha Newsletter is now available for download by clicking here. The Forest Sangha Newsletter represents the monasteries founded by Luang Por Sumedho, with an emphasis on those in Britain. It is currently published once a year.

posted 30 Nov 2013

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