932 Mett St. NE, Olympia, WA 98516, Phone: 360-350-0897
Masks optional as of March 12, 2022
THERAVADA IN OLYMPIA
We are an English-speaking group which meets at Buddhangkura. TIO relies on the Buddha’s original teachings, unmixed with cultural influences or other schools of Buddhism
Theravada in Olympia is not currently meeting. When we begin again, please be on time to all meditations and talks so you don’t disturb others.
Solitude is an opportunity to deepen your practice. Bhante Pattago (Monk Steve) advises meditating first thing after waking up. Start your day with the dhamma, and it will help you throughout the day to keep your mind more restful.
Cushions and chairs available. No registration is required for any meditation, talk, chanting, or retreat.
All meditations/talks/chantings/book studies etc. are free. Books are free, too! Donations are welcome.
Theravadan Meditation and Teachings elsewhere:
Youtube talk and guided meditation by a British monk in Thailand, 30 min., Ajahn Jayasaro. How to develop interest to increase enjoyment of meditation, and therefore to strengthen commitment to it. The balance between effort and relaxation, physically and mentally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haUs0Xbekzo
Bhikkhu Analayo has a series of meditations based on the satipatthana sutta. This is the real thing, and not for the faint-hearted. His voice takes some getting used to, but is well worth the effort if this type of meditation works for you. https://www.windhorsepublications.com/satipatthana-meditation-audio/
Accompanying text by him: Satipatthana Meditation, a Practice Guide, available on Amazon.
Many Theravadan websites and monasteries offer online and/or youtube teachings. Please see our tab “Reliable websites” for some of them.
Amavariti Monastery in England has talks available online. https://www.amaravati.org/ Ajahn Sumedho has moved back to Amavariti, and plans to reside there indefinitely.
Ajahn Brahm‘s monastery in Australia has teachings by various monks. https://bswa.org/teachings.
Around the turn of the 19th-20th century, Ajahn Mun revived meditation in Thailand for monastics. His students created an international monastery in Thailand where westerners could become monks, and in the 1970s they brought the practices to the west where they have been teaching laity. Southeast Asia is at the heart of meditation. Theravada in Olympia bases its methods on the Buddha’s instructions in the suttas. His way lead him to an end of suffering, to enlightenment.