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


Luna New Year Ceremony



Dear All Devotees and Dhamma friends,

This year the Lunar New Year (Songran/ Sinhala Avurudu/ Thingyan/ Tamil Pongal) will be celebrated by the OBV on Sunday 19th April 2015 at the same venue: Tingewick Hall, J.R Hospital, Oxford, OX3 9DU.

As usual, the occasion will be of both meritorious in the Buddhist traditional custom as well as jovial with some cultural flavour. The program starts at 10am with chanting to invoke blessings for the New Year, followed by alms-round, lunch offering / meals for all, OBV Sunday School's drama performance on the Life of the Buddha as well as some Mongolian songs. The after lunch program begins at 12.30 and will take around two hours. You are encouraged to bring food to share with others.

We need your volunteering and participation to make this New Year event a success.


Please let us know if you can volunteer on the day.


With metta
Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami