The Oxford Buddha Vihara (OBV) is a centre for teaching the Buddha's message. Vihara means dwelling place. We aim to offer a programme which is practical and relevant for this modern era, so that more can benefit from the Buddha's teachings. The OBV was founded in 2003 by the Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, who has lived as an ordained Buddhist monk for the last 30 years. Since 2003 the Vihara has developed into a thriving community of monks and lay Buddhists from many different countries and cultures, with an emphasis on the traditions of SE Asia. The community includes groups of Burmese, Thai, Lao and Sri Lankan origin as well as Buddhists with a European background. In keeping with the tradition of the SE Asian temple, the Vihara and its monks exist through the generosity of temple community. Supporters offer food, basic clothing and medicines to the monks as well as financial contributions which ensure building upkeep and the spread of the teaching.

The Vihara has two branch centres: one in Bodhgaya, the place in India where the Buddha achieved enlightenment, and the other in Singapore


Easter Meditation Retreat

A week-long special meditation retreat during the 2015 Easter Holidays will take place from Wednesday 1st to Tuesday 7th April.

Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, the abbot of OBV will be teaching and it will give us all the opportunity to improve our meditation practice. It is a residential retreat but everyone is still welcome to attend as a non-resident meditator if you live locally or do not require accommodation. The schedule starts at 5.00am with a meditation session before breakfast but non-residents are welcome to join us later.

As accommodation space at our vihara is limited, people who wish to stay should contact us so that accommodation can be booked if available. Booking will be on a “first come, first served” basis. If not available, we can advise you on a local bed and breakfast which you can arrange yourself.

The retreat is free of charge. This includes food and accommodation, if available, at the vihara.

We would like to request resident meditators at the vihara to bring their own bed linen if possible. However, if there is difficulty in doing so, we shall be happy to provide the bed linen, in which case, we would like the bed linen to be washed, dried and ironed before you leave at the end of the retreat if possible, so that the next person will be able to use it.


Weekend Meditation Retreat - Sat-Sun 11th-12th 2015


The weekend meditation retreat for April 2015 is on Saturday and Sunday 11th - 12th. It starts at 8:30 am (beginning with 30 minutes chanting) and lasts at 4:30 pm.

Anyone wishing to stay overnight at OBV, kindly get in touch with the Vihara.

Lunch, tea/coffee will be served free of charge.
If you wish to bring a vegetarian food of your choice to share with other meditators, you are more than welcome to do so.

With metta,
Venerable Phramaha Sena Suraseno
Assistant to the abbot


Reflection from the Dhammapada Verses



All conditioned things are impermanent when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. This is the path to purification.

(Dhammapada Verse No. 277)


All conditioned things are unsatisfactory when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. This is the path to purification.

(Dhammapada Verse No. 278)

All things are not-self when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. This is the path to purification.

(Dhammapada Verse No. 279)

(translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita)