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 www.oxfordbuddhaviharasin.org.