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




July 2019

Monthly One-Day Retreat


Dear OBV Devotees and Supporters,


We wish to inform you the OBV July retreat dates:

  • • 13 & 14 July 2019 (second weekend of the month) – Weekend retreat at OBV Forest of Dean (FoD)
  • • 27 July 2019 (last Saturday of the month) – One-day retreat at OBV Oxford

As always, our retreats are free of charge and simple lunch is provided for all participants. The retreat begins at 08:30 and ends at 16:30 daily.


Should you wish to stay overnight at FoD on the retreat weekend, please contact the OBV at 01594 531418 or send email to in advance. Weekend retreatants are encouraged to observe the eight precepts.


With best wishes,


The Oxford Buddha Vihara

01865 791591 (Oxford), 01594 531418 (FoD)



Dhammapada Verse 50: “Think not of the faults of others, of what they have done or not done. Think rather of your own sins, of the things that you have done or not done.”



Change of OBV Contact Email



Dear OBV Devotees,


We wish to inform you that the new OBV contact email is


The old yahoo email will not be monitored with an immediate effect.


If you have not sent or posted the OBV GDPR consent form, please download the OBV GDPR consent form here, and send it to us by email or by post to Oxford Buddha Vihara, 356-358 Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4TQ at your earliest convenience.



The Oxford Buddha Vihara




2019 OBV Summer Ordination


The 2019 OBV summer ordination will be held from 28th July to 5th August 2019.


If you would like your child or children to be ordained as novices (samaneras) or eight-precept observers at the Vihara, please contact us by the 15th of July. We would be grateful if this message could be passed on to anyone who might be interested in participating.


Please also note that only children who can look after themselves will be admitted for ordination, and children under seven years of age must be accompanied by their guardians during the ordination period.


You may contact OBV by email or call us at 01865 791591.



Important Changes to the Way We Communicate


Dear OBV Devotees,


You may have heard in the news that the new Data Protection Bill and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has meant a change in the laws regarding data protection in the UK.


As a result, we want to ensure that you are still happy for us to contact you in the future about our charitable activities, projects, fundraising events and appeals. We value you as a devotee and supporter, and we would like to continue to keep you updated about our work and activities. We will not share your information with any third party and you can unsubscribe at any time.


If you would like to hear from us, please complete the OBV GDPR consent form, download here, and send it to us by email or by post to Oxford Buddha Vihara, 356-358 Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4TQ at your earliest convenience.


If we do not hear from you before 25 May 2018, we will be unable to continue updating you about all our activities.


Thank you very much for your kind support.



Yours faithfully,


Venerable Pannyawamsa


The Oxford Buddha Vihara



Change of the Monthly Meditation Programmes



We wish to announce an important change to our existing monthly meditation programmes.


1) From August 2018, the OBV at Oxford will hold only a one-day meditation retreat on the last Saturday of the month.


2) The second weekend meditation retreat, also starting from August 2018, will be taking place at OBV (Forest of Dean) as it has more accommodations.



Yours with metta,


Venerable Dr. K. Dhammasami


The Oxford Buddha Vihara