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.

 

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Commencement of Sunday School Classes

2017/2018

 

 

Dear Devotees of the OBV,

 

We are happy to announce that we will be starting Sunday School classes here at the Oxford Buddha Vihara, with the first class beginning on Sunday 22nd October.

 

At this opening date, we would like to meet with parents and guardians for formal enrollment of their children.

 

The School is open to all children aged at least five years. The classes will take place in the afternoon between 1:00pm and 3:00 pm.

 

We will start each Sunday with a short chanting and meditation practice in which all ages can participate. After this, we will have separate classes and syllabi according to the age and experience of the children who come.

 

The classes will basically consist of two sections: -

 

(1) Basic Buddhism which will include studying the Buddha’s life, learning key Suttas, chanting practice and Buddhist etiquette in the Vihara.

 

(2) According to the background of the pupils who come, we intend to provide language classes in Thai, Sinhala and Burmese as well as familiarizing pupils with the local customs and traditions of their respective and heritages.

 

More details of the syllabus will be provided at the right time together with a short set of rules so that the classes run smoothly.

 

We look forward to meeting you.

 

Venerable Mahasena

The Oxford Buddha Vihara

 

 

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Job Opportunities at the Oxford Buddha Vihara Trust

 

 

 

(1) Assistant Meditation Teacher-Monk, Full Time Volunteer Post

 

Oxford Buddha Vihara Trust is offering a volunteering Assistant Meditation Teacher-Monk, full time – the minimum requirement is for 3 years.

 

Key responsibilities:

  • • Teaching weekly mindfulness meditation in the Theravada tradition

  • • Teaching basic Buddhism

  • • Blessing services on various occasions

  • • Answering questions about meditation through email, post and telephone

 

Skills and competencies:

  • • A degree in Buddhist studies

  • • Considerable meditation experience

  • • Good knowledge of English

  • • Fluency at least in Southeast Asian languages: Burmese, Thai or Tai (Shan) or Pali

  • • Being a Buddhist monk not less than 8 years

 

For details contact:

 

 

 

(2) Academic Assistant Monk to the Abbot, Full Time Volunteer Post

 

Oxford Buddha Vihara Trust is offering a volunteering Academic Assistant Monk, full time - the minimum requirement is for 3 years.

 

Key responsibilities:

  • • Records keeping

  • • Collecting information related to the study field

  • • Contacting scholars

  • • Answering questions, updated itinerary of the Abbot’s through out the year by email, post and telephone

  • • Blessing services on various occasions

 

Skills and competencies:

  • • A degree in Buddhist studies

  • • Good at organising paper works

  • • Good knowledge of English

  • • Good team work

  • • Fluency at least in Southeast Asian languages: Burmese, Thai or Tai (Shan) or Pali

  • • Being a Buddhist monk not less than 8 years

 

For details contact: