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



November Weekend Meditation Retreat - Sat-Sun 8th-9th 2014

The weekend retreat for this month, November 2014, is on Saturday and Sunday 8th - 9th. The abbot, Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, will be leading the practice.

The theme is "Mindfulness and the transformation of pains into compassion".

We will start as usual at 9am but will finish an hour early at 4pm, as the day gets dark early.

With metta,
Venerable Phramaha Sena Suraseno
Assistant to the abbot


Reflection from the Dhammapada Verses



All tremble at violence;
life is dear to all.
Putting oneself in the place of another;
one should not kill nor cause another to kill.


 (Dhammapada 130)