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 9th-10th 2016

Dear OBV Dhamma friends,

This is to keep you informed that OBV monthly retreat for this January 2016 is on Saturday, the 9th and Sunday, the 10th. The retreat starts at 8:30am to 4pm in the winter.

The theme of the talk is "applying mindfulness in daily life".

Venerable Pannyawamsa is leading the retreat since the abbot, Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami has been away.

Those who wish to stay in, need to book places in advance and day meditators may drop in however, its helpful to know the numbers for lunch preparing.

We look forward to seeing you then!

With metta,
Venerable Phramaha Sena
Assistant to the abbot



Reflection from the Dhammapada Verses



Long for the wakeful is the night.
Long for the weary, a league.
For fools unaware of True Dhamma,
samsara is long.


“ Even if for a lifetime,
the fool stays with the wise,
he knows nothing of the Dhamma —
as the ladle, the taste of the soup. ”