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



Ten-day Meditation Retreat at the OBV and the July Retreat



This year's ten-day meditation retreat will be led by the Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, the abbot of the OBV.


The retreat begins on the 2nd and runs until the 12th of July 2016, and the July monthly weekend meditation session will be connected with this retreat.


The focus of the practice is: "Purification of Emotions Through Mindful Compassion". The course is free of charge as is always at the OBV. Although places at OBV are fully booked, those who require no overnight accommodations may still join. 


If you are interested in attending the course please feel free to join; and for those who want to sponsor meals please inform us through the OBV email at or call the OBV at 01865 791 591.



With metta,
Venerable MahaSena Suraseno
Assistant to the Abbot



Please find details of the retreat on Announcement