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




Celebrating the Vesak Day

18-19 May 2019



Dear OBV Devotees and Supporters,


You are all warmly invited to join us in celebrating the Vesak at the Oxford Buddha Vihara (Oxford).


Vesak (Pali: Vesâkha), also known as the Buddha Day, falls on the full moon day of May. It is the most sacred day for Buddhists; it commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death (maha-Parinirvana) of the Buddha.


To celebrate the Vesak day, we will have the special chanting of the Dhammacakka-pavattana-sutta followed by a meditation session on 18-19 May 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) at 9:00 a.m. in the morning and 7:00 p.m. in the evening.

(Please note there will be no chanting and meditation session at 7:00 a.m. on both days)


On Sunday, traditionally some devotees offer lunch to the Sangha so please join the lunch offering to the Sangha at 11:00 a.m. if you can.


After lunch, there will be a chanting session at 1:00 p.m. and Venerable Mahasena will give a short Dhamma talk followed by a discussion and a circumambulation of offerings in the garden.


Venue: Oxford Buddha Vihara, 356-358 Abingdon Road, Oxford


Date: 18 May 2019 (Saturday)


  1. Morning chanting at 9:00 a.m.
  2. Evening chanting at 7:00 p.m.


Date: 19 May 2019 (Sunday)


  1. Morning chanting at 9:00 a.m.
  2. Lunch offering at 11:00 a.m.
  3. Chanting & Dhamma talk at 1:00 p.m.
  4. Evening chanting at 7:00 p.m.


We look forward to seeing you!


With best wishes,


The Oxford Buddha Vihara

01865 791591 (Oxford), 01594 531418 (FoD)



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






May 2019

Monthly One-Day Retreat



Dear OBV Devotees and Supporters,


We wish to inform you the OBV May retreat dates:

  • • 11 & 12 May 2019 (second weekend of the month) – Weekend retreat at OBV Forest of Dean (FoD)
  • • 25 May 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 11: They take untruth for truth; they take truth for untruth; such persons can never arrive at the truth, for they hold wrong views.

Dhammapada Verse 12: They take truth for truth; they take untruth for untruth; such persons arrive at the truth, for they hold right views.



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



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