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).

Tuesday Evening Book Group Ended

We finished reading the Handbook for the Practice of Anapanasati Bhavana” by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu on Tuesday August 6th, which ends this class.  You will be notified if and when another class starts. Thank you to all who participated in reading and discussing this valuable book on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and for Ajahn Phrayad’s help.

Volunteers needed for the August 11th Picnic

The Monastery needs help with the Picnic: traffic control, and helping vendors with setup and food handling. If you can volunteer any time starting at 8:30 am to 3 pm, for the Picnic please contact Ying at khunyingimig@gmail.com with what time you have available and your preference. She will get back to you with a […]

Registration for the May 17-18 Retreat is closed

This Retreat is being led by Ajahn Ritthi (Abbot of Wat Atamm).  The Retreat starts on Friday at 7 pm following the Wednesday Evening Meditation schedule, however you are welcome to continue meditating until you’re ready to retire to your accommodations or return home for the evening. Saturday retreat starts with a 5:00 am wake […]

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AWAKE?

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 Retreats are over for this year. Please read about our Retreat Schedules. 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. The Retreats are residential or non-residential.  If you want to sleep at the […]

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.