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



September Weekend Meditation Retreat - Sat-Sun 13th-14th 2014

This month the weekend retreat is 13th and 14th, starting as usual from 9am to 5pm. The retreat will be jointly led by Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami (Sunday) and Venerable Bhante Kovida (Saturday) from Canada. The shared area of focus is mindfulness as a learning tool.

At the end of practice on both Saturday and Sunday, Bhante Kovida will lead a chiqong session, a mindful movement of the body.

With metta,
Venerable Phramaha Sena Suraseno
Assistant to the abbot


Reflection from the Dhammapada Verses



Mind is the origin of events.

They have mind as the chief, and are mind-impelled.

If one harbours an evil thought in the mind,

and then speaks or acts;

suffering pursues one necessarily.

As a cart (necessarily) rolls over the track.