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



Weekend Meditation Retreat - Sat-Sun 14th-15th 2015

Dear All,

Next month our weekend retreat will be on 14th and 15th November from 8.30am – 4.30pm. Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami will be leading and will focus on the theme of managing the automatic mind with compassion.

All are welcome – we regret that all overnight rooms at the Vihara are now taken but non-residents may come at any time. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

We look forward to seeing you then!

With metta,
Venerable Phramaha Sena
Assistant to the abbot



Reflection from the Dhammapada Verses



Long for the wakeful is the night.
Long for the weary, a league.
For fools unaware of True Dhamma,
samsara is long.


“ Even if for a lifetime,
the fool stays with the wise,
he knows nothing of the Dhamma —
as the ladle, the taste of the soup. ”


Invitation to the Oxford Buddha Vihara 2015 Kathina Ceremony & the Annual General Meeting of the OBV

Date   - Sunday 8 November 2015
Time   - 9:30 am to 2:45 pm
Venue - Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital
            Headley Way, Headington, Oxford
            OX3 9DU

We wish to cordially invite you to join us in performing meritorious deeds on the annual robe-offering ceremony, Kathina, of The Oxford Buddha Vihara (OBV); and to participate in the OBV annual general meeting at Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital.
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