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 13th-14th 2015

This is to keep you informed that the monthly retreat for next month, June, will be on Sat-Sun 13th and 14th. The Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami is leading the practice. the theme will be " The Experiences that Mindfulness Focuses on According to the Satipatthana-sutta ".



All are welcome as always.

With metta,
Venerable Phramaha Sena
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 a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.


"Ten-Day Meditation Retreat"


Dear All,

For the last few years, the OBV has conducted a retreat in July, in addition to the ones in Christmas and Easter. This year will also see a ten-day meditation retreat conducted and it will be led by the Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, abbot, at the OBV.

The retreat begins on the 2nd and runs until the 11th. The focus of the practice this year is:
" The Pain and Joy, Disappointment and Satisfaction in our Emotional Existence:
Mindfulness and Emotion Development of the Brahma-vihara in Theravada Buddhism "

The course is free of charge as is always at the OBV. Accommodation at the OBV is also available, but only to a limited number of people owing to the limited number of rooms we have. So far, six former students have already booked their place, some of them since last year.

If you are interested in attending the course, either as residential or non-residential, or in being a sponsor for the meals,
please contact me through the OBV email at or call me at 01865 791 591.

with metta,

Venerable Mahasena
Assistant to the Abbot