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


OBV Kathina Ceremony 2014

Dear All Devotees and Friends in the Dhamma,

Our robe-offering ceremony, kathina, for this year is next Sunday, 26th October 2014. It is at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford where we usually have our functions.

As in previous years, you are most welcome to bring food to share with all and you are encouraged to come and volunteer in anyway you can as well. We rely on the whole community to make our functions a success.

The programme is below.




09:30 Arriving at Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
10:15 Lighting candles; Paying homage to the Triple Gem; Chanting of the 30 Paramis; Offering food to the Buddha
10:30 Alms-round (Pindapata)
11:00 Monks partaking their meal
11:15 Lay people taking their lunch; Cultural performances by OBV Sunday school
12:30 Commencement of robe-offering ceremony: Observing the Five Precepts; Offering robes; Chanting;

* A sermon in Burmese by Most Venerable Panditabhivamsa (former rector of Pariyatti Sasana University, Rangoon)
* A sermon in Thai by Ven. Phrakhru Sutabuddhivithet, the abbot of WatBuddeharam, London
* A sermon in English by Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, the abbot of the OBV
* Sharing merit
02:15 OBV Annual General Meeting

* Financial report to the AGM by Dr. Kyaw Thinn, the treasurer of the OBV
* Report in Thai by Mrs. Saang Florin, OBV Trustee
* Election of the OBV Trustees for the year 2014 – 2015

02:45 End of the programme



For your information, all the donations on the day will go to the construction of the dhamma hall at Wat Ho Loi, Laikha, Shan State, Union of Myanmar. This construction is now part of the 50th birthday celebrations of the abbot, Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami.

with metta,
Venerable Phramaha Sena