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).
The following pictures were taken by Ajahn Somchi Srilert and are on his Flickr Account: Pictures of Meeting
Attending one of our Meditation Retreats is a great way to get away from your daily activities, free your mind, and concentrate on your meditation practice. The Retreats alternate between Weekend and Saturday (Day of Mindfulness). Even if you select the Weekend Retreat, but cannot attend the full retreat, you are welcome to attend “Saturday only”. […]
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 […]
An embedded player for listening to the Wednesday Evening Chanting: Following is a link to downloading the Chanting audio file
HAPPINESS WITHOUT A FOUNDATION OF DHAMMA IS JUST SUFFERING BIDING ITS TIME. CALM THE MIND; YOU WILL DISCOVER A COOL, REFRESHING JOY. To read “The Prison of Life” from the web click on: The Prison of Life Check the Wat Atam library of a copy of the book.
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 […]
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 […]
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 […]