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



October Weekend Retreat



The October weekend retreat will take place on Saturday and Sunday the 8th and 9th.


The retreat begins at 8.30am with chanting and finishes at 5pm on both days. Venerable Dr Pannyawamsa, deputy to the abbot, will be leading the retreat. This month’s theme is “Staying with the Here and Now”.


Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge for all. Please inform us, either by the OBV email at or call us at 01865 791 591, if you wish to participate in the retreat so that we can arrange the provisions. If you would like to bring food for sharing, please bring vegetarian food.


Accommodation at the monastery is now fully booked. However, we are very happy to welcome day participants.


This retreat is free of charge as always.



With metta,
Venerable MahaSena Suraseno
Assistant to the Abbot