The Seattle Meditation Center
The SeattleMeditationCenter, a branch of The Dhammakaya Foundation, was founded November 15, 1998. It was with the brilliant vision of the great master monk and president of Dhammakaya Foundation, Luang Phaw Dhammajayo (Phrathepyanmahamuni) to broaden the teaching of Dhammakaya to anyone regardless of their gender or race throughout the world.
The Dhammakaya Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political organization with a vision to expand the teaching of Dhammakaya and reach out to those who live abroad. With the availability of satellite communication systems and the Internet in the 21st century, it enabled a quick, efficient, and simple way to expand the study of Buddhism to people in different continents. This project was first launched in a small town of Azusa in California in 1992 where a small house was transformed into the first California DhammakayaMediation Temple. This was followed by a Dhammakaya meditation center in New Jersey. Next was in Chicago, Illinois followed by one in Seattle, Washington and at Atlanta, Georgia. Once the Dhammakaya meditation centers were successfully established, the project expanded at a steady pace with a full support from Phrathepyanmahamuni and Phrabhavanaviriyakhun and their fellow monks. There currently exists at least one meditation center in every state, with a total of fifty Dhammakaya meditation centers in The United States of America.
The Seattle Meditation Center of Washington was built exactly the same time as the Atlanta Meditation Center of Georgia on November 15, 1998. Prior to this establishment, there was a group of local residents that led by Lepattanapan family along with Ms. Pittaya Tisuttiwong organized the religious ceremonies using their homes. Here they showed live broadcast from Dhammakaya Temple in Thailand. They also invited monks from the other Dhammakaya meditation centers in the US to come help teach Dhamma regularly until they gathered more people and asked Phrathepyanmahamuni for a permanent monk with staff.
The main DhammakayaTemplein Thailand responded to the request and sent two knowledgeable and experienced monks to the Seattle Meditation Center on November 15, 1998. Seattle Meditation Center (SMC) is located on 21910 44th Avenue West, Mountlake Terrace, Washington 98043. People travel from all around Seattle and nearby area to do meditate, learn Dharma, and participate in religious ceremonies.