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.


Daily Services

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.)


Special Programs


Free Meditation Classes

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.

Please join our Meetup:


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.


Sunday Services

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


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.


Ordination Programs

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.