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



Sunday November 6th

Ceremony to mark the passing of

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej




“A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good. Goodness is something that makes us serene and content; it is magnificent. Everyone must correct his own self; this is something more difficult to cope with, but it is not impossible. Nature is something outside our body, but the mind is within us.” …

“I have been extremely touched by these signs of affection on the part of all the Thai people.” …


(Quotes from His Majesty’s speeches.)





To pay respects to the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Oxford Buddha Vihara and devotees will be performing a merit making ceremony to invoke blessings of the noble Triple Gem on the great king on Sunday 6th November 2016.



All are warmly welcome.



All donations that day will be dedicated to one of the very many of the late King’s some four thousand generous and compassionate ongoing Royal Projects.



There is a special shrine in honour of the King in place in the Vihara and you are welcome to pay your private respects here from 7am to 8pm until 13 November 2016.


Oxford Buddha Vihara



is going




In line with Buddhist principles, the Vihara is going GREEN, introducing Green and Eco cleaning products - soap, washing up liquid, detergent.


These products reduce our impact on planetary resources, are more ethically and sustainably produced and are better for the health of all who use them.


Please support this endeavour.



Green Products


Cleaning products readily found in the major supermarkets include:

  • • laundry detergent/gel
  • • dishwasher detergent
  • • washing up liquid
  • • toilet cleaner
  • • multi-surface cleaner
  • • shampoo/shower gel/hand soap
  • • loo-paper


There are too many alternatives to list, but Ecover, Ecozone, and Method are makes that are stocked by most, and also stocked by high-street health-food shops, and even some larger DIY chains.


OXFAM stocks one of the best of all eco-brands, Bio-D, as well as Faith in Nature products.


Products can also be ordered online from companies that stock either their own brands or a range of makes:


are just some of those companies. There is often a discount for bulk or multi-buying or 'special offers' on these sites. It seems a lot of ‘green’ products are ml for ml more expensive but often one uses less of them and so they work out to be not so different. Plus the bigger the demand more shops will stock them and the price will come down. Non-green products cost us our environment and, increasing research shows, has consequences for our health. is an online magazine that has lots of useful information on not only the different brands but also the consequences of using non-green products. They include chemical analysis of products and the negative health effects which range from weakened immune system, breathing difficulties, asthma, allergies, concerns over links with certain cancers. Research is on-going into the use of phtalates in fragranced products (and these may only be listed as ‘fragrance’ on the packaging) and links with various cancers as well as interference with enzymes important in male foetal development. Although some major perfumiers have reduced the use of phtalates they are present in everything from hand wash to dishwasher tablets.