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).

Dhamma Study Class on the 2nd and 4th Thursday

The class will be held in the Activity Room. The class meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, unless there’s a holiday, at 7 pm in the Activity Room (just behind the kitchen).  We start with a 30 minute meditation, followed by a discussion on the material we are reading. We’re starting a new book: […]

Monk Availability

Monk Availability Ajahn Somchai is at the Temple. Ajahn Ritthi is in Thailand until December 11th. Ajahn Prayad and Ajahn Vallop are in Thailand until January 2018. Two Monks from Thailand: Phra Somphan, and Phramaha Chaitatfrom are now resident at the Temple. Ajahn Tom is no longer at the Temple.

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 […]

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 […]