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


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Invitation to Lunar New Year Blessing Ceremony

Sunday, 10th April 2016/BE 2559

Lunar New Year is an ancient annual festival for Thai, Burmese, Sri Lankan, Laotian, Cambodian, Nepalese and Indian people. On this occasion, which falls on 13th, 14th, and 15th April, various cultural and religious celebrations are held to mark the New Year. For the Buddhist, this is also the time to make merits in dedication to their departed relatives and to ask for forgiveness and blessing from their parents, grandparents, teachers and elders.

To cerebrate the occasion this year, the Oxford Buddha Vihara will be holding a merit making and blessing ceremony for the Buddhist community at Tingewick Hall.

We would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you, together with your family and friends, to join us in starting off the New Year with merits and blessings. Food for the monks may be contributed, which will subsequently be shared among the devotees. There will also be the opportunity to buy food; the proceeds, from which, will be donated to the Vihara. See Details

The Sangha, Trustees and Devotees
Oxford Buddha Vihara



        Special Retreat / April Weekend Meditation Retreat




The weekend retreat next month, April, will be held in the third week, instead of the second. This is because in the second weekend we will celebrate the Songran/ Thingyan New Year. So, the April weekend retreat will be 16th-17th, Sat-Sun.


Indeed, the April weekend retreat will be part of a special retreat, 12th-18th April, which will also be led by the abbot.

For those who need accommodation at the Vihara, please book early. We already have a few bookings from overseas.



With metta,
Venerable Bhaddiya
Assistant to the abbot