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 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 […]
The following talk by Jack Kornfield is about Walking Meditation. It can be downloaded Walking 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 […]
Come and celebrate Visakha Puja, The Buddha’s Birthday, on May 10th at our Wednesday Evening Meditation at 7 pm. After Meditation we will light candles and while chanting walk around the Temple 3 times. Visakha Puja, Buddha’s Birthday is a major Buddhist festival celebrated by all the Buddhists throughout the world, with great ceremonial rituals. This […]
For those who are scheduled to take the Dhamma Studies test level 3 in Thai, following is a PDF copy of the Studies Book for your test. Please download the copy to your PC or mobile device.
Officers: Ms. Sangduen Ziemba (President) Mr. Joseph Romero (Vice-President) Miss Pantita Charoenying (Treasurer) Ms Sally Jongjitirat (Secretary) Board Members: Mr. Surachai Arkanit, Mr. Kane Bunyaketu, Mr. Martin Chin, Ms. Panarat Imig, Dr. Gaviphat Lekutai, Ph.D. Mr. Somsakdi Mahakrittiyadhorn, Mr. Deen Sethanandha, Mr. Punya Tipyasothi, Mr. Chare Vathanaprida, Mrs. Sumalee Washburn, Mrs. Pannee Weiss Board Meetings: The Board of […]
The Picnic is on Sunday August 14th. As you may know parking for this event is always a problem, so help is needed from 9 am to Noon to manage the inflow of cars. Following are the instructions about parking: Parking will be at Leota Junior high-school parking lot located at 19301 168 Av NE, […]
Fear, everyone is having this problem. We are all afraid of something. Fear comes from stupidity, from selfishness, from the craving of a self that desires things it can’t have. So we fear! Nowadays, we have every possible kind of fear in this world of ours, especially the fear of nuclear war and annihilation. When […]
On this Wednesday evening 5/25/16, we will celebrate Visakha Puja Day (Buddha Day). After chanting and meditation we will give homage to the Buddha, and with lighted candles walk around the Temple three times. It’s celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and nirvana of the Buddha, on the full moon in May. I hope you can join this […]
Atammayatarama Buddhist monastery is starting a Spring Landscaping campaign to beautify our Temple for the upcoming Thai New Year’s celebration in April, and the first Meditation Retreat in May. We are looking for lots of volunteers for this campaign. Help removing the weeds: Every Sunday 12.30pm-3pm Every Wednesday 4pm-6pm Spring is a busy time, unfortunately this is when Herbicide […]