Ritthi Thirajitto

Ajahn Ritthi is the Abbot of Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery in Woodinville, WA, a position he has held for 16 years and a board member of The Council of Thai Bhikkhus in the U.S.A., an elected position he has filled for 17 years.

Following the Thai tradition, Ajahn Ritthi, received novice ‘samanera’ ordination as a 14 year old boy.  To the surprise of his parents, he chose to carry forward in the holy life rather than to disrobe after a month as was their expectation.  For over 42 years now, Ajahn has tirelessly dedicated himself to the cultivation and dissemination of the Buddha’s teachings according to the Pali Canon upon which Theravada Buddhism relies.Today he serves as the spiritual head of a substantial Buddhist community comprised of many nationalities in the greater Seattle area, in British Columbia and in Thailand.

Interview of Ajahn Ritthi by Ven. Santidhammo: The Woods are full of them