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).

September Retreat is Open for Registration

The Weekend Vipassana Retreat starts on Friday at 7 pm through Sunday at 9 am. September 22 to 24 Retreat is open for registration, to register please follow this link: Retreat Registration To learn more about what to expect on our Retreats, please read the following Guide: ABM Retreat Guide

Vipassana Retreats

Vipassana Retreat schedule: September 22nd – 24th (Friday/Sunday) led by Ajahn Ritthi The Weekend Vipassana Retreat starts on Friday at 7 pm through Sunday at 9 am.  The Day of Mindfulness starts on Saturday at 9 am to 9 pm. Registration for each Retreat is available the 1st of the month for the Retreat.  To register for this months Retreat […]

Sunday August 27th at 1pm-3pm, floral training session at Wat Atam

You will be shown how to make floral arrangements which will be used in Memory of King Rama IX.  You will then show others, during Thai Festival on September 9th, how to make the arrangements and everyone participating will make as many floral arrangements as possible.  The floral arrangements will be used for the ceremony on October 21st.   […]

Weekly Meditation

On Wednesday at 7.00pm we chant in Pali and English, followed by a 45 minute meditation, a tea break, and a Dhamma Talk in English.  The Wednesday Sangha is primarily focused on meditation and learning Buddhist fundamentals.  Beginners and those who have practiced before are welcome.  If you have any questions about Wednesday Evening Meditation, please email them […]

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 […]

Monk Availability

Monk Availability Ajahn Ritthi, Ajahn Prayad, and Ajahn Somchai are at the Temple. Ajahn Tom has disrobed and will not return. Ajahn Vallop is in Thailand returning January 2018. Two Monks from Thailand: Phra Somphan, and Phramaha Chaitatfrom are now resident at the Temple.

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.