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).

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AN ALL-DAY OFFERING WITH JOSEPH KAPPEL In the course of most days, we wake up and go through our daily routines of life. Many of us follow patterns that are deeply ingrained in each thing we do and follow this pattern habitually. Pause for a moment and reflect on these questions, ‘when I wake up, […]

Meditation Retreats

2019 Retreat schedule: April 27th 9 am – 5 pm (Day of Mindfulness led by Joseph Kappel) May 17th-18th (Friday/Saturday) July 26th-27th (Friday/Saturday) August 23rd-24th (Friday/Saturday) September 27th-28th (Friday/Saturday) The Weekend Retreat starts on Friday at 7 pm through Saturday at 9 pm.  The Day of Mindfulness starts on Saturday at 9 am to 9 pm or earlier. […]

Book discussion Group every Tuesday

The discussion group is held on Tuesday at 7 pm in the Activity Room. There is no registration required, and attendance every week is not required. Each week we will begin with 30+ minutes of meditation, followed by a discussion of the assigned reading. The group style is informal and conversational; if  obligations require you […]

Monk Availability

Monk Availability It’s somewhat difficult to keep the availability of our Monks up-to-date.  Therefore if you are interested in speaking to a specific Monk, please call the Temple to make sure they’re available. Ajahn Ritthi, Ajahn Prayad, Ajahn Somchai, Ven. Phra Somphan, Ven. Phra Chaitatfrom, are at the Temple. Ajahn Vallop is in Thailand.

Dhamma Study Class for April 28, 2019 Test

Registration for the Dhamma Study is now open.  To register please see, call, or email Ajahn Ritthi.  He will give you the book for the course.  The course is ‘self study’ with a class every Sunday at 1pm starting Oct. 21st to help with the material.  The Examination will be held on April 28, 2019 […]

Service for King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

In memory of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (Rama IX), the Temple will have a service at 6pm on Saturday October 13th. And on Sunday October 14th at the regular Sunday service. The King died in the hospital on Thursday October 13th 2016. He was 88. and the world’s longest-reigning monarch and a father-figure to […]