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


Special Ten-Day Meditation Retreat
1st-10th July 2014

Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami will be conducting a ten-day meditation retreat from 1st to 10th July inclusive, at the OBV. Places are limited and rooms are only for those who can complete the whole course. Only eight meditators will be offered for accommodation and they will share rooms.

He will focus on the twin approach of Vipassana and Brahma-vihara meditation. The reading of three sutta, namely Satipatthana-, Dhammacakka-pavattana- and Anattalakkhana-sutta will form part of the practice.

The retreat will begin at 5:00am on 1st July and complete at 5:00pm on 10th of July.

Accommodation, meals and teaching are free of charge.

Anyone wishing to offer meals during the retreat, please contact Venerable Phramaha Sena Suraseno through



uly Weekend Meditation Retreat - Sat-Sun 12th-13th 2014

For this month, the monthly weekend meditation retreat is on Sat - Sunday 12th and 13th. As usual we begin at 9am and it goes on until 5pm. However, the morning chanting begins at 8.30am each day.

The retreat will be led by Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami and the theme will be " Developing some joyful moments amid imperfections ". This is mainly metta meditation practice with a special focus on mudita.

All are welcome.

On Saturday 12th, there will also be an ordination.

With metta
Venerable Ananda Metteya
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.