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




March 2019

Monthly One-Day Retreat



Dear OBV Devotees and Supporters,


This retreat will be conducted by the abbot Venerable Dr. K. Dhammasami (Oxford Sayadaw).


He will focus on mindful compassion as a daily practice. This consists of:

  • • establishing mindfulness on breathing,
  • • then, choosing to pay attention to or to revisit some of the negative experiences that irritate one’s mind in daily life, and
  • • finally, orientating the mind towards compassion

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.



With best wishes,


The Oxford Buddha Vihara

01865 791591 (Oxford), 01594 531418 (FoD)



Dhammapada verse 157: “If one holds oneself dear, one should diligently watch oneself. The wise man should cleanse himself by putting forth effort towards the attainment of spiritual success during at least one of the three periods of life.”




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



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






OBV April 2019 Retreat Dates and

Invitation to

Lunar New Year Blessing Ceremony


Dear OBV Devotees and Supporters,


1) There will NOT be the second weekend retreat at the OBV Forest of Dean on 13th & 14th of April 2019. This is because the day coincides with our annual April New Year festival (Thingyan/Songkran/Avarudu festival).


However, the last Saturday meditation retreat on the 27th of April 2019 at the OBV Oxford will be conducted as scheduled.


2) There will also be no OBV Easter meditation retreat either. Instead there is a ten-day retreat organized by Thei-ingu in Burmese just prior to the Easter. Unfortunately, it has been fully booked within a few days.


3) Invitation to Lunar New Year Blessing Ceremony (Sunday, 14 April 2019/BE 2562)

Lunar New Year is an ancient annual festival for Burmese, Thai, Sri Lankan, Laotian, Cambodian, Nepalese and Indian people. On this occasion, which falls on 13th, 14th, and 15th April, various cultural and religious celebrations are held to mark the New Year. For the Buddhist, this is also the time to make merits in dedication to their departed relatives and to ask for forgiveness and blessing from their parents, grandparents, teachers and elders.

To celebrate the occasion this year, the Oxford Buddha Vihara will be holding a merit making and blessing ceremony for the Buddhist community at Tingewick Hall.


We would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you, together with your family and friends, to join us in starting off the New Year with merits and blessings. Food for the monks may be contributed, which will subsequently be shared among the devotees. There will also be an opportunity to buy food; the proceeds, from which, will be donated to the Vihara.


Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019/ BE 2562


Venue: Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU


09:30Arrival at Tingewick Hall
10:30Lighting candles; paying homage to the Triple Gem and observing the Five Precepts
11:00Monks going for alms-round and partaking their meal
11:20Lunch for the laity
12:30Chanting by the Monks to bless the New Year
A Sermon in Thai by Venerable Phrakhru Sutabuddhivithet, the Abbot of Wat Buddharam, London
A Sermon in Burmese and English by Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, the Abbot of the Oxford Buddha Vihara
13:30Offering robes and other requisites in memory of the departed relatives and Sharing merit led by Venerable Dr. Saeng Pannyawamsa, Deputy Abbot of the Oxford Buddha Vihara
14:00Bathing Rite for the Buddha statue, the Monks and the elders
14:35End of the Programme



We look forward to seeing you on the day.


The Sangha, Trustees and Devotees

The Oxford Buddha Vihara

01865 791591 (Oxford), 01594 531418 (FoD)




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