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



Invitation to the 2019 Kathina Ceremony and

Annual General Meeting of the Oxford Buddha Vihara


Date:Sunday 20 October 2019
Time:9:30 am to 2:45 pm
Venue:Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU


You are cordially invited to join us in the meritorious robe-offering ceremony (Kathina) of the Oxford Buddha Vihara (OBV) which will take place at Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital. Following this, we shall hold the OBV annual general meeting to which you are also invited. Funds raised at the Kathina ceremony will be used to establish a new meditation centre for the OBV in order to accommodate the ever-increasing interest in Buddhist meditation and so that meditation retreats can be held throughout the year. There will be an alms-round during which devotees can offer food to the monks gracing the ceremony.




09:30Arriving at Tingewick Hall
10:00Chanting 30 Parami
10:30Alms-round (Pindapata)
11:00Monks partaking their meal
11:30Lay people taking their lunch
12:30Commencement of robe-offering ceremony
  • • Observing the Five Precepts
  • • Chanting
  • • Offering robes
  • • A sermon in Burmese by Ven. Sayadaw U Janaka, the Abbot of Tisaranavihara London
  • • A sermon in Thai by Ven. Phrakhru Sutabuddhivithet, the Abbot of Wat Buddharam, London
  • • A sermon in English by Ven. Dr. Dhammasami, the Abbot of the OBV
  • • Sharing merit


OBV Annual General Meeting



Financial report by Dr. Sai Tin Maung, the treasurer of the OBV Trust

Report in Thai by Mrs. Saang Florin, OBV Trustee

Election of the OBV Trustees for the year 2019 - 2020

14:45End of the programme



Trustees, Devotees and Supporters

The Oxford Buddha Vihara



Notification of Monthly Meditation Program


Dear OBV Devotees and Supporters,


We hold monthly meditation twice a month in the OBV:

  • 1. On the second weekend of each month, the weekend retreat takes place at the OBV (Forest of Dean), also known as the OBV Park Farm, St. Briavels.
  • 2. On the last Saturday of each month, a one-day retreat is held 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 in advance as accommodation is allocated on a first come first served basis.


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


The retreat dates for October are:

  • • 12 and 13 October 2019 weekend retreat at the OBV (Forest of Dean)
  • • 26 October 2019 Saturday retreat at the OBV (Oxford)


With metta,


Venerable Pannyawamsa


The Oxford Buddha Vihara