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



OBV Last Saturday of July and a Dhamma talk by Venerable Dhammasami


Dear Dhamma Friends,



Unfortunately the vihara remains closed for the time being. This means that we have been unable to gather for our mediation day on the last Saturday of the month - just one of the sad things about this pandemic.


However, I am pleased to say that Venerable Dhammasami has kindly agreed to visit us on Zoom this Saturday 25th July.



Date: Saturday 25 July 2020.


Time: 13.00 pm - 15.15 pm.


Zoom ID: 95663166733.



The schedule will be as follows:


1.00 pm. Zoom meeting opens.


1.15 pm. Meditation introduced by Ven Mahasena (no one can enter meeting after 1.30pm)


2.00 pm. talk by Ven Dhammasami followed by questions (submitted on Zoom chat).


3.15 pm. merits sharing and meeting closes.


Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested.



We look forward to seeing you there!.




Yours in Metta,


Venerable Mahasena

Assistant to the Abbot



Oxford Buddha Vihara is temporarily CLOSED for all routine services


Dear OBV Devotees and Supporters,



As you are no doubt aware, there have been several cases of Coronavirus identified in Oxford - we have therefore taken advice on how to protect the health of both our visitors and the vihara.


We ask that you please come and visit us only on essential business and that you keep numbers to a minimum. Unfortunately we shall also be suspending our meditation classes for the time being. Please visit our website for any updates:


If you have been to an affected area in the last 14 days or if you have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus please do not come to the vihara.

For the latest Coronavirus advice please visit


We ask for your patience at this challenging time - may the blessing and protection of the Triple Gem be with you all..



With best wishes,


The Oxford Buddha Vihara

01865 791591 (Oxford)

01594 531418 (FoD)