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



August Weekend Meditation Retreat - Sat-Sun 9th-10th 2014

Our second weekend meditation retreat for this month, August 2014, is on 9th-10th Sat-Sun. It is 9am to 5pm on both days. The abbot Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami is leading the practice.

The theme is: " Mindfulness: training not fight with our own thoughts ". This is based on the Sati-patthana-sutta approach.

All are welcome. Lunch is provided to all. You may bring food and share with other retreatants if you wish.

For your information, the rooms have been fully booked and no more vacancy now.

With metta,
Venerable Phramaha Sena
Assistant to the abbot


Reflection from the Dhammapada Verses



Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.


Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.