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A leading centre for Theravada Buddhism. Formed in 1926 by Anagarika Dharmapala, the Vihara is the first Buddhist monastery to be established outside the continent of Asia.


The OBV was founded in 2003 by the Venerable K. 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.

The late Mogok Sayadawgyi had taught the essentials of Vipassana Meditation, preaching and giving public talks almost on a daily basis before he passed away in 1962 (17th October). Most followers believed he had attained Nibbana.
The Buddhist Aid Trust, a Charity-Commission-registered Trust in London, had been inviting senior Mogok Kammatthana Cariya Sayadaws to the temporary Mogok Vipassana Centre, located in East London since August 2004. Locally resident Myanmar families look after the essential needs of the visiting monks and regular talks and Meditation Sessions have been organised successfully, to the satisfaction of many Mogok yogis in London and elsewhere.



Myanmar Buddhist monastery.

Great Gaddesden

Amaravati Buddhist Monastery is of the Theravadan Thai Forest Tradition, from the lineage of Laung Por Chah and Luang Por Sumedho. Currently the abbot is Ajahn Amaro. Offers meditation classes and retreats. Visitors are welcome.



Cittaviveka (pronounced chitta-vee-vayka) is also known as Chithurst Buddhist Monastery and is a monastery in the tradition of Theravada Buddhism, more specifically in the lineage of the Thai forest masters. As such it is a residence for bhikkhus (monks) and siladharas (nuns), where their life of training in ethics, meditation and renunciation can be supported in a quiet rural environment. The monastery is not a retreat centre, but a living environment of woodland, ponds, wildlife and human dwellings. The community welcomes men and women who wish to visit, stay as guests or make a commitment to the monastic life.


Lower Fulbrook

The Forest Hermitage (วัดป่าสันติธรรม) is a small, peaceful Buddhist monastery in the tradition of the Theravadan forest monasteries of N.E. Thailand and is a branch of Wat Nong Pah Pong, the late Luang Por Chah's principal monastery. The Buddha-Dhamma Fellowship is the supporting body that cares for both the Forest Hermitage and its annex, the nearby Wood Cottage. The community is led by Ven. Chao Khun Bhavanaviteht  (Luang Por Khemadhammo).



Hartridge monastery is a sanctuary in rural Devon, comprising 22 acres of land with a pond and new woodland, and accommodation based around an old farmhouse. The monastery is the residence for a small community of monks and novices practising in the Theravada tradition. The monks live as alms-mendicants, following a discipline based on guidelines established by the Buddha.

Although the monastery is primarily a place of monastic training for monks, visitors and guests are also welcome, to share the lifestyle of the community.

Newcastle upon Tyne

Harnham Buddhist Monastery is a Buddhist community on the borders of Scotland and England. The abbot, Ajahn Munindo, was ordained by the late Venerable Ajahn Chah of Wat Nong Pah Pong in NE Thailand in 1975. The community comprises a monastic residence of usually about 8 Sangha members and an adjacent lay retreat facility known as Kusala House.

Newton Abbot

Set in the rural quiet of South Devon, Gaia House - a retreat centre since the 1930s - offers retreats from various Buddhist traditions led by teachers from all over the world.