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 8th-9th 2015

The second weekend meditation retreat for this month falls on Sat-Sun 8th-9th August which will be in this coming weekend. As we have been too busy with our summer ordination for kids from the last two weeks this message came to you a bit later. We will focus on loving kindness and tree characteristics of existence, impermanent, suffering and non-self. I will be leading the retreat.


For accommodation, unfortunately, all rooms are occupied this time. So, only day timers will be able to join.

The programme begins at 8.30am and finishes at 5pm each day. We provide lunch, tea and coffee for all.

All are welcomed.

With metta,
Venerable Phramaha Sena
Assistant to the abbot



Ratana Sutta chanting for Floods Victims in Burma

Dear all,


I wish to invite all of you to join us for the Ratana Sutta chanting in the evening at 7.00pm at the OBV for the floods victims in Burma. We are doing every evening during the week days and will be doing more times during this weekend retreat.


I think we should take this opportunity to connect with the pains of those who have lost lives and property in the severe floods. This will primarily enhance our metta meditation practice. If we cannot prevent the danger of flood, we can at least keep them in our thoughts of metta.



I hope you will be able to join.


With metta,
Venerable Phramaha Sena
Assistant to the abbot