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



Oxford Buddha Vihara

2020 Virtual Kathina Ceremony



Dear Dhamma Friends


You are invited to join the OBV Kathina Ceremony through Zoom meeting and Facebook live stream.


We have 7 monks dwelling at the OBV for this Vasa retreat. Due to the pandemic, gathering in a big group is not allowed, so we will not be holding it at the JR Hall this year.


Instead, and in order to remain the practice of the traditional robe offering ceremony, we will be organising the virtual event at the OBV Forest of Dean and you can join online. Details are as follows:


Date:Sunday 01 November 2020
Time:13:00 to 15:00 GMT(UK Time)

Oxford Buddha Vihara (Forest of Dean)

Park Farm, Park Lane

St Bravels, Gloucestershire

GL15 6QX



13:00Lighting candles and incense sticks
Observing the Five Precepts
Chanting 30 Paramis together
Offering Kathina Robes and Requisites
14:00Dhamma talk by Venerable Dr Khammai Dhammasami, the OBV Abbot
 Sharing Merit together
15:00End of the programme


How to join the ceremony virtually


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 912 0532 0396

Passcode: 20202020

2.Follow the Facebook: Oxford Buddha Vihara Obv


How to make a donation virtually


Donation for each set of robes is suggested at £5


Please contact for bank details.





by Venerable Dr Dhammasami





Ven Dhammasami has kindly agreed to give this six week course on the Abhidhamma. It will be held online through the Buddhist Society and the first session starts on 24th September at 12.30pm.


We hope you can make it!


Please click the link here for the INTRODUCING ABHIDHAMMA course




With best wishes,


The Oxford Buddha Vihara

01865 791591 (Oxford)

01594 531418 (FoD)