Meditation, Q&A’s, Book Study

Sign for Buddhangkura Buddhist Temple, Olympia, WA

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



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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.

Ajahn John in-person

Meditation and Q&A

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6:30-8:00 PM

Theravada in Olympia has resumed in-person gatherings.  After meditation, Ajahn John will answer questions.  He is an American monk who lived for 15 years with his teachers in the Thailand forests.  Ajahn is living temporarily at the Thai temple in Olympia.  He is here day to day; if he leaves before April 22, we will have book study.  Please join us.  This is a rare opportunity to get our questions answered by a monk with such an extensive background in meditation and the Buddha’s teachings. 

Book: Being Nobody, Going Nowhere by Ayya Kema.  Not available free; please purchase, but if you can’t afford it, don’t worry, we’ll pass around the book while we read.

Please mask up, and keep social distance.  Forecast for April 22 is 64 degrees.  Doors will be open for ventilation.  Free books.

Bhante G explains the difference between mindfulness and concentration in his book, Mindfulness in Plain English.  That chapter is here:


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.

Accompanying text by him: Satipatthana Meditation, a Practice Guide, available on Amazon.

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.


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:

Talk and 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.

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.  Ajahn Sumedho has moved back to Amavariti from Thailand, and plans to reside there indefinitely.

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 etc. are free.  Books are free, too!  Donations are welcome.

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