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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December Meditation Retreats

 

 

Monthly Weekend Retreat (9th and 10th December)

 

The OBV monthly weekend retreat will be on Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th December, and begins at 9 A.M. and ends at 4 P.M. on each day.

 

Venerable Mahasena will be leading the retreat and the theme of the retreat is “Contemplating Things as They Are”.

 

 

Christmas Retreat (26th to 30th December)

 

Venerable Langsai Baddiya will be leading the Christmas Retreat. It will be a silent retreat. The retreat begins at 2 P.M. on 26th December and ends at noon on 30th December.

 

The theme of the retreat is “Mindfulness Meditation Made Easy”. The number of available rooms at the Vihara is very limited, therefore if you need accommodation at the Vihara, please contact us or alternatively you may wish to arrange your own accommodation near the Vihara.

 

Anyone is welcome to join as day meditators. Please inform the Vihara of your participation in advance so that the lunch can be arranged for all participants.

 

As always, the retreat is free of charge. However, donations for meals during the retreat are welcome.

 

For more information or registration, please contact the OBV at (email: oxford_buddhavihara@yahoo.co.uk, telephone:01865 791 591.).

 

 

The Oxford Buddha Vihara

 

 


 

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 5th November.

 

At this opening date, we would like to meet with parents and guardians for formal enrolment 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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Plan for Non-Sectarian Theravada Meditation Centre in UK

 

 

 

Dear All Devotees and Supporters of the OBV,

 

I wish to inform you about our plan to set up a non-sectarian Theravada meditation centre in the U.K which can run courses (7 or 10 days, or longer) all year long.

 

Current Situation

 

As with many other Buddhist monasteries/temples in the United Kingdom, the Oxford Buddha Vihara (OBV) has been offering both short and long meditation retreats for over a decade. Annually, three or four seven- to ten-day retreats are conducted in-house by our own meditation teachers. In addition to this, the OBV holds regular meditation retreats in other parts of Europe, including Spain, Serbia and Hungary. With an increase in the demand for long retreats, we have opened a new meditation centre in the Republic of Serbia (Inaugurated August 2017), while our meditation students are working hard to follow suit in Hungary (funds have been secured for this.).

 

In the UK, beyond attempting to meet the needs of our own congregation, the OBV sees a timely opportunity to expand its capacity for meditation practices not just for OBV's own students but for anyone interested in different meditation traditions.

 

In Europe and USA, the meditation practice is only going to be more popular, not less. Google, Apple, IBM and many multinational corporations provide a meditation space in their workplace. Schools increasingly take up the practice to help kids calm themselves and focus on learning. Meditation is officially part of treatment in the U.K. hospitals.

 

As far as we have observed, a number of well-established meditation teachers from Myanmar, Thailand, and Sri Lanka pass through the UK every year. For example, qualified meditation masters from well-known meditation schools in Myanmar – such as Mahasi, Mogok, Pa Auk, and Theingu – visit the UK annually. The Most Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw has also visited us when in Cherwell Drive. From Sri Lanka, good meditation teachers like Ven. Dhammajiva of the Nissaranya forest meditation centre and Mr. Keerthi have visited us and given talks on meditation. From Thailand, the Most Ven. Laungpor Mahayong has visited us consecutively for two years, in addition to other teachers from Chiang Mai and Isan who often come unattached to any famous tradition but are nevertheless well respected for their teaching.

 

There are many here who wish to learn from such visiting figures who, likewise, would be happy to share their traditions and practices. However, so far as Theravada Buddhists in the UK are concerned, there is no meditation centre large enough to welcome all meditation traditions from all the Theravada countries.

 

Our Project

 

Through expanding our own capacity, we wish to also make available such a platform for everyone in the UK interested in meditation practices within the Theravada traditions. We would open such a centre to all meditation teachers and every meditator.

 

This is about looking beyond the OBV and serving more people, multi traditions and multinationals.

 

We have found a sizeable property that can function as a meditation centre all year round. Please see the property, a former B&B, has a lot of potentials and is ready to function as a meditation centre straightaway. It is a few minutes from the Shakespeare houses. Our offer has been accepted and we are now in the purchasing process.

 

Your Help, Our wishes

 

We wish to reduce the mortgage burden through:

 

1) Interest-Free Loan - You can help us by offering at least three thousand Pounds minimum for two years or more.

 

2) One-off Donation - Any amount of one-off donations will be also very helpful to realise our dream. One square feet is 12 Pounds or 540 Bahts or 21,600 Myanmar Kyats.

 

3) Regular Standing Order or Direct Debit - Prearranged donations will greatly help for the monthly mortgage repayment.

 

We welcome any donation, big or small, so please contact the Vihara if you wish to.

 

email: oxford_buddhavihara@yahoo.co.uk

telephone: 01865 791 591

 

Last but not least, the OBV will remain in its current place, serving the communities including the two universities in Oxford and the people around the country, for all the services we have been providing.

 

 

With metta,

Ven. Dr. Dhammasami

(Oxford Sayadaw)