Originally known as The Laotian Temple of Massachusetts, Wat Buddhabhavana was founded in the mid-1990s by a small Lao community in Lowell, Massachusetts. In the early 2000s, due to the illness of the head monk of the temple and his subsequent retirement, the temple’s lay board members considered dissolving the temple. However, board members happened to hear of Venerable Ajahn Mangkone and Venerable Ajahn David Chutiko, two monks who were living in Lowell at the time, and invited them to become the temple’s new religious leaders. Venerable Mangkone and Venerable Chutiko agreed with one stipulation: that the temple’s name be changed from The Laotian Temple of Massachusetts to Wat Buddhabhavana, with hopes to welcome and include all people, regardless of their ethnicity.
Under new leadership, Wat Buddhabhavana was revived. By August 2004, Wat Buddhabhavana was established on a 2.20 acre property in Westford, Massachusetts. Lay members and resident monks soon began the process of renovating the old farm house, garage, barn, and horse stable into a Buddhist Meditation Center. The temple is fundraising to continue its construction and hopes to have adequate funds to build an elaborate Lao-style retreat center.