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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April Monthly Meditation Retreat - Saturday 12th April 2014


Dear All,

April 13th is the Lunar New Year Day for the people of South and Southeast Asian origin. The OBV, with many of its devotees and members having root in South and Southeast Asia, is celebrating this New Year on Sunday 13th April at the JR Hospital Tingewick Hall.

Therefore our monthly meditation retreat for next month will be "Mindful Work" on Saturday 12th April. This is for Saturday only. On the day, at the OBV on the Abingdon Road there will be meditation in the morning from 8.30am until 2pm and will be led by the abbot Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami.

Afterward there will be opportunities for mindful volunteer work such as cleaning the shrine rooms, meditation hall and library as well as the kitchen. We will also have a bit of time for gardening.

There is no meditation on Sunday 13th April. Instead, the celebrations to welcome the New Year will take place at the JR Hospital Hall. Of course, the whole day will consist of mindful work as well.

Should you wish to do more sitting meditation this month, the OBV has arranged for a week-long Easter Retreat from 17th to 23rd April to be conducted by Venerable Dr. Seng Pannyawamsa, Deputy Abbot. You are welcome to come as day meditator.

with metta
Ven Phramaha Sena Suraseno
Assistant to the Abbot


Luna New Year Ceremony




Dear All Devotees and Dhamma friends,

This year the Lunar New Year (Songran/ Sinhala Avurudu/ Thingyan/ Tamil Pongal) will be celebrated by the OBV on Sunday 13th April 2014 at the same venue: Tingewick Hall, J.R Hospital, Oxford, OX3 9DU.

This New Year is common to most South and Southeast Asian nations, both Hindu and Buddhists.

At this year celebration, all the donations and proceeds from any sale will go to the "Cancer Care Treatment Centre for Mongolian Children (CCTCMC)" in Mongolia. This project is initiated and overseen by the Most Venerable Arjia Rinpoche, who came and stayed with us at the OBV for two months last year as a visiting scholar-monk at Oxford University. Please click here to see more details.

Any effort to reduce suffering is a worthy one. The Buddha praises anyone caring for the sick as being equal to looking after the Buddha himself. This time it is a good opportunity to help relieve suffering in children in Mongolia where there is a high rate of children suffering from cancer; this is more so since the mining industry has gone in.

The main building for the hospital (CCTCMC) has ALREADY been built. Our donations will help complete the construction inside.

Some of our Mongolian friends will also join us on our lunar New Year day to help raise the fund.

As usual, the occasion will be of both meritorious in the Buddhist traditional custom as well as jovial with some cultural flavour. The program starts at 10am with chanting to invoke blessings for the New Year, followed by alms-round, lunch offering / meals for all, OBV Sunday School's drama performance on the Life of the Buddha as well as some Mongolian songs. The after lunch program begins at 12.30 and will take around two hours. You are encouraged to bring food to share with others.

We need your volunteering and participation to make this New Year event a success.


With metta
Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami


Easter Meditation Retreat

A week-long special meditation retreat during the 2014 Easter Holidays will take place from Thursday 17th to Wednesday 23rd April.

Venerable Dr. Seng Pannyawamsa who has recently completed another three-month practice under Venerable Laupor Tee Vicitadhammo of Anattaram in Cow-Cave, northern Thailand, is leading the retreat under the theme "The Reality of Life: Experiencing Anatta / Selflessness through the Wisdom Factors of Right View and Right Thought".

It is now fully booked. Please click here to see the retreat timetable for those who have booked.

No charges for the teaching, meals or accommodation.