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



Notification of Monthly Meditation Program


Dear OBV Devotees and Supporters,


The retreat dates for January 2020 are:

  • • 11 and 12 January weekend retreat at the OBV (Forest of Dean)
  • • 25 January Saturday retreat at the OBV (Oxford)


The retreat dates for February 2020 are:

  • • 08 and 09 February weekend retreat at the OBV (Forest of Dean)
  • • 29 February Saturday retreat 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 first come first served basis.


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


We would like you to reserve Sunday 12 April 2020 and join us for the Lunar New Year blessing ceremony. The detail programme will be sent in March 2020.



With best wishes,


The Oxford Buddha Vihara

01865 791591 (Oxford)

01594 531418 (FoD)