About Us

Milton Keynes Vihara




The Milton Keynes Vihara is a registered charity (Registration Number: 1183908), with the objectives of:Facilitating the teaching of Theravada Buddhism and providing opportunities for studying and practising Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and mindfulness; Conducting regular lessons in Buddhism; Establishing centres for the practice of Buddhism and meditation; and Providing residential facilities for Buddhist monks to teach and practice Buddhism.
The activities of the Vihara are conducted under the guidance of Ven. Bhante Akurala Samitha BA Hons (Eastern & Western Philosophy), MA (Buddhist Psychotherapy), DET BTEC Level 5 (Diploma in Education and Training) – Diplomas in Psychotherapy, Stress Management & Counselling - Meditation Teacher (25 years)

Our Services

Dana, Pirith, Sermons and other services offered by a Theravada Buddhist CentreA supplementary school for childrenRegular mindfulness courses for the publicBuddhist Psychotherapy and counsellingLiaison with local schoolsCenter for the study of Theravada BuddhismMindfulness courses for students at Milton Keynes College and Milton Keynes Police OfficersNHS Buddhist Chaplaincy ServicesSupporting and representing Buddhist Learning in Milton Keynes Schools as a member of SACRE (Statutory Advisory Body for Religious Education)Participation in Milton Keynes interfaith activities


Even in the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom it is often that one forgets the interconnectedness of all humanity, irrespective of religion, ethnicity, gender, social status, sexual orientation, disability and many other divisions. We are therefore determined to learn about and appreciate the goodness within all faiths and teachings and thus appreciate the equality amongst all humanity and the need for tolerance and empathy with all beings that share our planet.


Loving kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity are primary aspirations in leading a morally pure life. The Dhamma classes conducted at the Vihara for children, based on these and other teachings of the Buddha we hope would provide a valuable starting point for the young mind in developing to the full potential of a benevolent human being.


Psychotherapy and counselling based on the teachings of the Buddha has been shown to be highly effective in bringing about effective and lasting change in the attitudes, behaviour and outlook on life for those experiencing difficulties. Bhante Samitha is qualified and highly experienced in providing such help.