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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Weekend Meditation Retreat

9 - 10(Saturday-Sunday), September 2017

 

 

"Mindful Learning About the Emotional Symptoms" is the theme of this weekend meditation retreat.

 

The retreat will focus on the framework of the Four Noble Truths, emphasising: right attitude, right focus and right emotion.

 

This will be led by the abbot of the OBV, the Venerable Dr K. Dhammasami.

 

Venue :The OBV, Oxford, U.K.
Time :8:30 am to 5 pm

 

All are welcome. Lunch is served for all.

 

One may bring food, fruits or soft drink to share with other meditators.

 


 

Invitation to

The 2017 Kathina Ceremony and Annual General Meeting of

The Oxford Buddha Vihara

 

Sunday, 15 October 2017/BE 2560

 

 

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. There will be an alms-round during which devotees can offer food to the monks gracing the ceremony.

 

Funds raised at the Kathina ceremony will be used to establish a new meditation centre for the OBV to accommodate the ever-increasing interest in Buddhist meditation and so that meditation retreats can be held throughout the year.

 

We are now in the process of looking for a suitable property and grounds. Ideally, this should not be too far from the city of Oxford and with sufficient space for around 40 or 50 meditators. The mediation offered will be non-sectarian and teachers from all major traditions of Buddhism will be invited to lead retreats. Hence, those who visit the proposed retreat centre will be able to benefit from a variety of traditions and approaches. Any contribution you make to this very worthwhile project will be highly valued and appreciated (bahu jana hitaya, bahu jana sukkhaya).

 

Date :Sunday, 15 October 2017/BE 2560
Time :9:30 am to 2:45 pm
Venue :Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU
Programme : 

 

09:30Arrival at Tingewick Hall
10:30Alms-round (Pindapata)
11:00Monks partaking their meal
11:30Lunch for the laity
12:30Commencement of robe-offering ceremony
  • • Observing the Five Precepts
  • • Chanting
  • • Offering robes
  • • A sermon in Burmese by Ven. Panditabhivamsa, former Rector of Pariyatti Sasana University, Yangon, Myanmar
  • • A sermon in Thai by Ven. Phrakhru Sutabuddhivithet, the Abbot of Wat Buddharam, London
  • • A sermon in English by Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, the Abbot of the Oxford Buddha Vihara
  • • Sharing merit

 

OBV Annual General Meeting : 

 

14:15

• 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 2017 - 2018

14:45End of the programme

 

 

 

Trustees, Devotees and Supporters

The Oxford Buddha Vihara

 

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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: