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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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:

 

 

 

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Summer 10-day Retreat

1st July to 10th July 2017

 

 

 

The OBV 10-day summer retreat starts on Saturday 1st July and concludes on Monday 10th July 2017. The retreat will be led by Ven. Dr. Pannyawamsa.

 

The focus for the retreat is “The Reality of Life: Experiencing Anatta (Selflessness) through the wisdom factors of Sammaditthi (Right View) and Sammasankappa (Right Thought) supported by Sati (Awareness) and Samadhi (Concentration)".

 

Due to the limited availability of rooms at the Vihara, anyone requiring accommodation during the retreat should book it in advance with us or you may have to arrange your own accommodation. For those who do not require accommodation may join as day meditators. Day meditators should also inform us of your interest so that the food for all participants could be arranged.

 

The retreat is free of charge as always. However, donations for meals during the retreat would be warmly welcome.

 

For booking or additional information, please contact us by the Vihara email at oxford_buddhavihara@yahoo.co.uk or call the Vihara at 01865 791 591.

 

Timetable for the summer retreat:

 

4:30-6:00Sitting meditation
6:00-7:30Breakfast
7:30-9:45Morning chanting and sitting meditation
9:45-10:45Walking meditation
10:45-11:00Break
11:00-12:30Lunch
12:30-13:15Relaxing/Meditation
13:15-15:15Sitting meditation
15:15-16:00Walking meditation
16:00-17:00Dhamma talk and discussion
17:00-19:00Break
19:00-21:00Evening chanting and sitting meditation

 

The Oxford Buddha Vihara