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 www.oxfordbuddhaviharasin.org.
A Special Dhamma Talk - Sunday 2nd March 2014
by Lama Tenzin Tselek, OCBS Visiting Scholar-monk
The Venerable Lama Tenzin Tselek from Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, India, is giving his second special dhamma talk at the Oxford Buddha Vihara on Sunday 2nd March 2014 at 3.00pm. Lama Tenzin is one of the interpreters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and is the OCBS Visiting Scholar-Monk at Oxford University this term.
He will be speaking on the "The First, Second and Third Turning of the Dharma Wheel".
This sutra is the Mahayana version of the First Sermon in Theravada Buddhism where there is a tradition of the first turning of the dharma wheel. It will be very informative if one has studied the Dhammacakka-pavattana-sutta.
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Venerable Dr. Pannaywamsa
Weekend Meditation Retreat - Sat-Sun 8th-9th 2014
The monthly meditation retreat for March is
on Saturday - Sunday 8th - 9th. Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami is
leading the practice.
The theme is "A Meditation Quality That is Relevant to Any Mind Development".
There is no charges for the practice. Free lunch is also provided to all.
As the accommodation is limited, please book in advance for an overnight stay.
All are welcome.
Venerable Phramaha Sena
Assistant of the Abbot