Meditation and Book Study

Sign for Buddhangkura Buddhist Temple, Olympia, WA

932 Mett St. NE, Olympia, WA 98516, Phone: 360-350-0897



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English-speaking group meeting at Buddhangkura

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.

There is an accompanying text by him: Satipatthana Meditation, a Practice Guide, available on Amazon.  wheel image from internet

Please continue to check this website for a freshened First Page, and links to teachings and other Theravada websites.  The links will be changed now and then, as will the side bar and other pages.  We hope to begin Book Study again when the weather is warmer in spring.  May your understanding of the Buddha’s teachings get deeper every day.


Solitude is an opportunity to deepen your practice.  Pattago Bhikkhu (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.
Pattago Bhikkhu will provide retreats and occasional talks when the pandemic is over.Wanida's Sept 2019

Theravadan meditation and teachings at various monasteries:

Guided meditation, 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.  A talk including guided meditation.

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 Sunday talks available online.

Ajahn Brahm‘s monastery in Australia has teachings by various monks.

Please be on time to all meditations, talks, and book study so you don’t disturb others.

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.


Cushions and chairs available.  No registration is required for any meditation, talk, chanting, or retreat.

All meditations/talks/chantings/book studies are free.  Books are free, too!  Donations are welcome.

Barbara, organizer,
Pattago Bhikkhu, retreat teacher,
Phra Ratsamee, abbot, 360-350-0897