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 www.oxfordbuddhaviharasin.org.
December Weekend Meditation Retreat - Sat-Sun 7th-8th 2013
The last weekend retreat of 2013 is on Saturday - Sunday 7th-8th. As usual, it begins at 9.00 am and ends at 5.00 pm each day. Lunch, tea and coffee will be served to all participants. The abbot, Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami will be leading the retreat.
The theme is "Facing our Own Emotions: the Practice of Metta
Meditation and Emotions Development in Theravada Buddhism".
All are welcome. There is no charge for the teaching or meals.
Venerable Phramaha Sena
Assistant of the Abbot
There will be two
special retreats at the OBV before the end of the
(1) A week long retreat 18th - 23rd November 2013 in the tradition of Mogok Sayadaw (1899-1962).
The Mogok tradition emphasise the theoretical understanding of the Law of Dependent Origination and its application in the context of the Four Noble Truth in vipassana meditation practice. Jack Kornfield has written about Mogok Sayadaw in his acclaimed book: Living Buddhist Masters. With over three hundred branches in Myanmar, it is one of the two most popular meditation techniques, along with the Mahasi tradition.
The teacher running the retreat will be the 71 years old Most Venerable U Kaccayana (Kit Sa Ya Na) from Thuwunna Theingi Mogok Vihara in London. He is one of the most experienced teachers in that tradition. http://mogokdhamma.co.uk/monks
(2) The other special retreat is our annual Christmas retreat, on the 26th - 31st December 2013.
We will begin at 2pm on the Boxing Day and conclude just after lunch on the last day. This retreat will be run by the former rector of a Buddhist University in Yangon, the Most Venerable Panditabhivamsa (trained under the S. N. Goenka tradition) and one of our resident monks, Venerable Phramaha Sena, who was trained under the Venerable Vicittadhammo (Pormoon Tee) from whom Venerable Dr. Pannyawamsa has been practising in a cave temple in northern Thailand at the moment.
Those interested may contact and book for any of those two retreats. The medium of instruction will be English.
No charge is made for any of meditation retreats at the OBV.
Any one wishing to offer vegetarian meals may contact the Vihara.