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).

Class on the “Wings to Awakening” is open

The class is held on Thursday’s at 7 pm in the Activity Room. There is no registration required, and attendance every week is not required. Following is information about the class: Class Description This class is an opportunity for English speakers to explore the “Bodhipakkhiyādhammā,” often translated in as “aides to enlightenment,” “wings to awakening,” […]

Volunteers Needed for the Picnic

The Annual Picnic is this Sunday August 12th and we are short Van drivers for a two hour period when the crowd arrives. We need you to be at the Temple at 9:30 am. You will drive to and from Leota High School. Don’t worry food will be saved for you, and you will get […]

Vipassana Retreats

2018 Vipassana Retreat schedule: August 25th (Saturday) 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. Click this link: Schedule to see the weekend schedule. Registration for each Retreat is available the 1st of the […]