Daily Services and Meditation
The Seattle Meditation Center (SMC) is a Theravada Buddhist Monastery and Buddhist Community. We are open every day from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. We welcome everyone who wants to learn about the benefits of Buddhist spiritual practices and meditation.
7 am – Food offering ceremony and Buddhist services
8:30 – 9:30 am – Pali chanting and silent meditation
11 am – 12 noon – Food offering ceremony and Buddhist services
1 – 5 pm – Buddhist services (in the temple or elsewhere)
7 – 8:30 pm – Pali chanting and silent meditation
(Sometimes, the monks conduct services outside the temple. Please call before coming to make sure someone will be here to greet you.)
1.Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Meditation enhances all aspects of life. And everyone can learn to meditate! Join our free classes for beginners every Tuesday and Thursday. In each class, we stretch for a few minutes. Then a monk teaches a simple, yet effective, meditation technique. Afterward, you can share your experience and ask questions. In the end, we always take a group picture.
2.Saturday Evening Global Meditation
Every Saturday from 7 to 9:30 pm, we join a meditation session and Buddhist service led by monks from the Dhammakaya Temple in Thailand via DMC satellite TV. On the first Saturday of every month, this ceremony is especially big, attracting Buddhist practitioners from the around the Pacific Northwest.
9:30 a — Morning meditation
10:40 am — Buddhist ceremony
11 am — Alms offering ceremony
1 pm — Afternoon meditation, Buddhist services, and Dharma talk
3 pm – End of ceremony
4.One Day Retreat
On one Saturday each month, we offer a one-day meditation retreat. This program is open to everyone and free of charge. Please register by email or phone.
In the Thai Buddhist tradition, every male becomes a monk at least once in his life. The Seattle Meditation Center provides this opportunity too. During summer vacation, we offer a two- or three-week ordination program for novices and monks. In October, a similar session ends with the Kathina Ceremony, a big event in the Buddhist calendar. Please register by email or phone.