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.

 

 

Notification of Monthly Meditation Program

 

Dear OBV Devotees and Supporters,

 

The retreat dates for January 2020 are:

  • • 11 and 12 January weekend retreat at the OBV (Forest of Dean)
  • • 25 January Saturday retreat at the OBV (Oxford)

 

The retreat dates for February 2020 are:

  • • 08 and 09 February weekend retreat at the OBV (Forest of Dean)
  • • 29 February Saturday retreat at the 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 require accommodation at the OBV (FoD) for the weekend retreat, please email to info@oxfordbuddhavihara.org.uk in advance as accommodation is allocated on first come first served basis.

 

All retreatants are encouraged to observe the Eight Precepts and Noble Silence during the retreats.

 

We would like you to reserve Sunday 12 April 2020 and join us for the Lunar New Year blessing ceremony. The detail programme will be sent in March 2020.

 

 

With best wishes,

 

The Oxford Buddha Vihara

info@oxfordbuddhavihara.org.uk

01865 791591 (Oxford)

01594 531418 (FoD)

http://www.oxfordbuddhavihara.org.uk

 

 

March 10-day and April 7-day Meditation Retreats

 

Dear OBV Devotees and Supporters,

 

There will be a 10-day retreat in March 2020 and a 7-day retreat in April 2020 at the OBV (Forest of Dean).

 

March 10-day Retreat – 6th-15th March 2020

 

The retreat will be conducted by the abbot of the OBV, Venerable Dr. Kammai Dhammasami.

The theme of the retreat is “Deepening Mindfulness Based Compassion”; it is a Theravada Buddhist approach to compassion as in the Metta Sutta.

 

April 7-day Retreat – 13th-19th April 2020

 

The retreat will be conducted by Beth Upton, formerly Sayalay Anuttara. Beth spent ten years training as a Buddhist nun in the Pa-Auk meditation tradition. She now leads a meditation community in Spain and also internationally.

The Pa-Auk meditation is based on the instructions by The Buddha as found in the Tipiṭaka (the Pāli Canon) and its commentaries. The system comprises the threefold training of observing precepts, developing concentration, and basis for attaining wisdom.

 

Both retreats are free of charge, however for the registration, priority will be given to those who will be able to participate in the whole retreat.

 

If you would like to register for one of the retreats, please email to info@oxfordbuddhavihara.org.uk or contact at 01594 531418 (FoD).

 

 

With best wishes,

 

The Oxford Buddha Vihara

info@oxfordbuddhavihara.org.uk

01865 791591 (Oxford)

01594 531418 (FoD)

http://www.oxfordbuddhavihara.org.uk