Monastery Past History

The word Atammayata is from the ancient Pali language in which the Buddhist scriptures are preserved, and means “to cut off or reject the source of suffering.”

The Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery (ABM) was launched January 18, 1998 by the Thai and American Buddhist community of Washington State. This Buddhist Temple was certified as a “not-for-profit” corporation of the State of Washington on 22 April 1998. Wat Atam, as called by local people, is established with the goal of promoting authentic, classic Buddhist teaching in an open and friendly spirit. For the first year, the monks resided in a small rented house in Seattle’s Beacon Hill District.

On 3 December 1999, Wat Atam purchased a residence on a five-acre plot of land in the Woodinville area to which the monks relocated. This site will soon be developed as a new Buddhist center including a Meditation Hall and Retreat Center.

Kuhn Kamol Lekhaukul, president of the Board of Directors, asked Wat Buddhadhamma of Chicago, Illinois to assign Venerable Ajhan Ritthi Thirajitto as the first Abbot and religious teacher at Wat Atam. Ven. Ritthi arrived in Seattle on 8 July 1988 to take up this new endeavor.

As of mid-October 2001 the resident Sangha consists of: Phramaha Ritthi Thirajitto, Phramaha Tawatchai Gunakaro, Phramaha Khajohn Khemabhirato and Santidhammo Bhikkhu (American).

Ani Choying Concert in Seattle on June 17, 2017

The uniquely gifted nun singer, Ani Choying Dolma, will be live in Seattle for a Benefit Concert as part of her Peace & Unity US Tour in June 2017. Ani Choying is a Nepalese Buddhist nun and an internationally acclaimed singer of traditional and modernized Buddhist chants, as well as Nepali and Tibetan songs. Internationally […]

Daily Chanting and Meditation

The Monks gather together every evening at 7pm, except weekends, to chant and meditate (evening prayers).  All are welcome. On Wednesday evenings the chanting is in Pali and English, followed with 45 minutes of meditation, a break for tea, and then a Dhamma talk in English. All are welcome, even without prior meditation instructions or practice.

Monk Availability

Monk Availability Ajahn Ritthi, Ajahn Prayad, Ajahn Vallop, and Ajahn Somchai are at the Temple. Ajahn Tom is away, returning for the May Retreat, and then taking an 18 month sabbatical. Two Monks from Thailand: Phra Somphan, and Phramaha Chaitatfrom are now resident at the Temple. Ajahn Ritthi’s traveling schedule: May 6-7 at Wat Bakersfield May […]

Dhamma Study Class on Thursdays

The class will be held in the Activity Room. The class meets every other Thursday (schedule follows) at 7 pm in the Activity Room (just behind the kitchen).  We start with a 30 minute meditation, followed by a discussion on the subject material. We’re reading “The Island” An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbana, the book […]

Dhamma Study Class for the Examination

For those who are taking the Examination on April 30, 2017, Ajahn Ritthi is holding a class to answer any questions about the Study Material. The class is held every Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm before the 7:00 pm Meditation. From February 22nd until April 26th. All are welcome, you should have a copy of the study […]

Vipassana Retreats

Vipassana Retreat schedule: May 26th – 28th (Friday/Sunday) led by Ven. Santidhammo June 24th Day of Mindfulness (Saturday) in Thai language. July 28th – 30th (Friday/Sunday) led by Sakula-Mary from Portland August 26th Day of Mindfulness (Saturday) September 22nd – 24th (Friday/Sunday) The Weekend Vipassana Retreat starts on Friday at 7 pm through Sunday at 9 […]

Board of Directors

Officers: Ms. Sangduen Ziemba (President) Mr. Joseph Romero (Vice-President) Miss Pantita Charoenying (Treasurer) Ms Sally Jongjitirat (Secretary) Board Members: Mr. Surachai Arkanit,  Mr. Kane Bunyaketu, Mr. Martin Chin, Ms. Panarat Imig, Dr. Gaviphat Lekutai, Ph.D. Mr. Somsakdi Mahakrittiyadhorn, Mr. Deen Sethanandha, Mr. Punya Tipyasothi, Mr. Chare Vathanaprida, Mrs. Sumalee Washburn, Mrs. Pannee Weiss Board Meetings: The Board of […]

About our Retreats

Attending one of our Vipassana Retreats is a great way to get away from your daily activities, free your mind, and concentrate on your meditation practice.  The Retreats alternate between Weekend and Saturday (Day of Mindfulness).  Even if you select the Weekend Retreat, but cannot attend the full retreat, you are welcome to attend “Saturday only”.   Please […]