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



November Weekend Retreat

November 12th and 13th



The monthly weekend retreat for November is on November 12th and 13th. It begins at 9 AM and ends at 4 PM.



Ven. Dr. Pannyawamsa will lead the retreat and the theme of the talk is "Happiness is Here and Now".



Christmas Retreat

December 24th to 30th



The Christmas retreat is from 24th to 30th of December. As Ven. Dr. Dhammasami, the abbot of the Vihara, will be away for Dhamma trips and organising conferences in Asia, Ven. Dr. Pannyawamsa will lead the retreat. It begins at 5 PM on 24th and ends at the noon on 30th. It is a silent retreat.



The focus of the retreat is “The Reality of Life: Experiencing Anatta (Selflessness) through the Wisdom Factors of Sammaditthi (the Right View) and Sammasankappa (the Right Thought) to Keep in Touch with the Present Moment of the Present Experiences”.



Since the availability of accommodation at the Vihara is limited, anyone joining a retreat should book in advance or arrange your own accommodation outside the Vihara. Those who do not need accommodation can join as day meditators. If you would like to join as a day meditator, please inform us of your participation so we can arrange food for all participants.



All retreats are free of charge, however sponsors for meals during a retreat are warmly welcome.



For booking or any additional information, please contact us by the Vihara email at or call the Vihara at 01865 791 591.



Oxford Buddha Vihara


Oxford Buddha Vihara



is going




In line with Buddhist principles, the Vihara is going GREEN, introducing Green and Eco cleaning products - soap, washing up liquid, detergent.


These products reduce our impact on planetary resources, are more ethically and sustainably produced and are better for the health of all who use them.


Please support this endeavour.



Green Products


Cleaning products readily found in the major supermarkets include:

  • • laundry detergent/gel
  • • dishwasher detergent
  • • washing up liquid
  • • toilet cleaner
  • • multi-surface cleaner
  • • shampoo/shower gel/hand soap
  • • loo-paper


There are too many alternatives to list, but Ecover, Ecozone, and Method are makes that are stocked by most, and also stocked by high-street health-food shops, and even some larger DIY chains.


OXFAM stocks one of the best of all eco-brands, Bio-D, as well as Faith in Nature products.


Products can also be ordered online from companies that stock either their own brands or a range of makes:


are just some of those companies. There is often a discount for bulk or multi-buying or 'special offers' on these sites. It seems a lot of ‘green’ products are ml for ml more expensive but often one uses less of them and so they work out to be not so different. Plus the bigger the demand more shops will stock them and the price will come down. Non-green products cost us our environment and, increasing research shows, has consequences for our health. is an online magazine that has lots of useful information on not only the different brands but also the consequences of using non-green products. They include chemical analysis of products and the negative health effects which range from weakened immune system, breathing difficulties, asthma, allergies, concerns over links with certain cancers. Research is on-going into the use of phtalates in fragranced products (and these may only be listed as ‘fragrance’ on the packaging) and links with various cancers as well as interference with enzymes important in male foetal development. Although some major perfumiers have reduced the use of phtalates they are present in everything from hand wash to dishwasher tablets.