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Amaravati Buddhist Monastery is located in Great Gaddesden, in the Chiltern Hills, near Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England. Amaravati is a monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition (Theravada lineage of Buddhism), and a centre of teaching and practice. Amaravati means “Deathless Realm” in Pāli, the scriptural language of the ancient Buddhist Pali Canon.

The temple was founded by the disciples of the noted Thai meditation master, Luang Por Chah (1918–1992). Ajahn Sumedho is its abbot. Amaravati was created in 1984 when the English Sangha Trust purchased a residential school; it is linked to Cittaviveka (Chithurst Buddhist Monastery) in West Sussex, and to monasteries in Devon, Northumberland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Switzerland, North America and Thailand. Amaravati officially opened in 1985. In the late 1990s, a temple building was constructed. It was officially opened by the King of Thailand’s sister, Princess Galyani Vadhana, on the 4th of July, 1999.

More information can be found on http://www.amaravati.org