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).

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 Dhamma talk in English. You are welcome to stay for tea and conversation before returning home. All are welcome, even without […]

New Four Foundations of Mindfulness Class

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Class (Intense Insight Meditation – ‘I.I.M.’) This class is a wonderful opportunity to significantly deepen one’s understanding and practice of the Dhamma. You will learn, experience, and directly live the teachings in one of the most important groups of subjects in Buddhism. The Instructor for this class is George Kitsondhi, Thai […]

Curriculum of Dhamma Studies for June Test

The Dhamma Studies Elementary to Advanced levels have started (year 1-3). If you have not signed up for the test, please contact Ajahn Ritthi (ritthi@yahoo.com). Ajahn Ritthi has a class every Wednesday at 6 pm (starting 1/10) to go over the study material and answer any questions you may have about your level of Dhamma […]

Vipassana Retreats

2018 Vipassana Retreat schedule: May 25th – 27th (Friday/Sunday) July 27th – 29th (Friday/Sunday) August 24th – 26th (Friday/Sunday) September 28th – 30th (Friday/Sunday) 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 […]