Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
is a monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition
of the Theravada
lineage of Buddhism
. Amaravati Buddhist Monastery is a centre of teaching and practice. It is located in the Chiltern Hills north of Hemel Hempstead
means "Deathless Realm" in Pāli
, the Buddhist scriptural language of the ancient Canon. The temple was founded by the disciples of the noted Thai
meditation master, Luang Por Chah
. Its current abbot is Ajahn Sumedho
Amaravati Buddhist Monastery also has a retreat centre, where meditation retreats of varying lengths are held for lay people, and which is run on donations.
Amaravati was created in 1984 when the English Sangha Trust purchased a residential school (previously an army base) from Buckinghamshire County Council. The official opening was in 1985. Recently, in the late 1990s, a new temple was constructed at Amaravati which was officially opened by the Princess of Thailand.