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.

Walking the Path using Meditation and Book Study

Every Thursday 6:30-8:00 PM

We are ventilating with a fan to blow air out open doors of the spacious temple, and we are social distancing.  Reliable masks, not fake or droopy ones, are required for entry.  Free masks.  Please be on time.


Silent and walking meditation (total 30 min.), then we’ll continue reading “The Contemplative’s Craft,” and discuss how we can put the Buddha’s teachings into practice in our daily lives.  How can we walk the path?  Meditation is available for those even if you don’t wish to stay for study.  Free books.  PDF at
Cushions and chairs available


Solitude is an opportunity to deepen your practice.  Pattago Bhikkhu‘s advice to meditate first thing after waking up is invaluable right now.  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.

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 a Sunday talk during vassa.  These will be from July 12-September 27, and are easily accessible online.

Ajahn Brahm‘s monastery in Australia will no longer produce daily meditation videos due to the 3 month vassa seclusion begun in early July.   However, the website is retaining the talks and meditations going back years, and which were daily in the early months of the pandemic.  Various monks give the teachings.  And there are some great ones, such as Ajahn Brahm’s 2011 teaching about Uncertainty.

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.  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