Clear Mountain

An Aspiring Buddhist Forest Monastery in the Greater Seattle Area

Clear Mountain

An Aspiring Buddhist Forest Monastery in the Greater Seattle Area

A New Center of Dhamma Practice in the Pacific Northwest

The aim of Clear Mountain Monastery is the founding of a Buddhist community. In Theravāda Buddhism and within the Early Buddhist Texts, the forest tradition represents a return to the simple way of life taught by the Buddha. Monastics aspire to live as the early disciples did: dwelling in the forest, studying the teachings, and devoting themselves to meditation. Monks, nuns, and laity exist in a relationship of mutual generosity, in which they support one another on the Buddha’s path towards complete liberation of the heart — Nibbāna.

Clear Mountain’s first monastic, Venerable Nisabho, currently lives on the quiet periphery of Seattle, going for alms most mornings at the Pike Place Market. On Saturday mornings, those interested gather at Saint Mark’s Cathedral for meditation and teaching. Another member of the Clear Mountain community, Ajahn Kovilo, contributes remotely for the time being and stays in the Seattle area during the winter and summer. As faithful come together, a new community based on the mutual generosity and interdependence of monastics and local Buddhists may begin to grow.

When property is eventually found, Clear Mountain hopes to create a home for monastics that also supports a range of activities common to Theravāda Buddhism – pujas (chanting and meditation), sutta and Pali study, online and public teachings, meal offerings, and observance of the Buddhist holy days. Additionally, the community aspires to serve as a retreat where men and women can come practice for short or long periods, all lodging and teaching offered freely in the spirit of Dhamma.

If you would like to be part of the Clear Mountain community and help support this aspiration, you may attend our virtual or local events, follow us on YouTube and Facebook,  join us onDiscord, or sign up for our newsletter. If you live in the greater Seattle area, you may also join our WhatsApp group for locals. Welcome!

A Monastic Presence

After finishing college in 2012, Ven. Nisabho (addressed as “Tan Nisabho” in the Thai custom) left his native Washington to go forth as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. He received full ordination the following spring under Ajahn Anan, a senior disciple of renowned meditation master, Ajahn Chah, and spent the following years training in forest monasteries throughout Thailand, Australia, and the US. While staying with some of the lineage’s most respected teachers, he grew to believe the Thai Forest Tradition’s balance of communal life with solitary forest dwelling, careful adherence to the monastic precepts, and focus on meditation represented a faithful embodiment of the original Buddhist path. Moreover, his time with contemporary masters such as Ajahn Anan, Ajahn Pasanno, and Ajahn Jayasaro, convinced him that such a path could yield great fruit in the heart even amidst the complexities of modern life.

In 2020, Tan Nisabho returned to Washington in order to establish an independent monastery as the region’s beauty and spiritual leanings seemed a good fit for a forest monk. Additionally, Ajahn Kovilo, a fellow monastic and friend who received ordination at Abhayagiri monastery in 2010, eventually plans to come and live in our budding community. With the hope that the new monastery might, like Mount Rainier, represent an ageless transcendence grown from ancient roots, the name “Clear Mountain Monastery” — or “Visuddhagiri” in Pali — was chosen.


Updates & Calendar

Latest Updates

Monastic Winter Retreat | Feb. 16 – May 15

Tan Nisabho will be observing the winter retreat from Feb. 16th until May 15th. While alms round, Saturday gatherings, and Wednesday livestreams will continue as usual, most other events and teachings will be put aside, and he will also step back as much as possible from online communication and email. The encouragement many of you have given for the monastics to look after their practice through such periods of retreat and pulling back has been deeply heartening. Sadhu!

Regular Events

Saturday Morning Meditation, Teaching & Coffee Social
Sat. 9:30 am – noon, Saint Mark’s Cathedral’s Bloedel Hall, Seattle

Saturday Morning YouTube Meditation, Teaching and Q&A (also in-person at Saint Mark’s)
Sat. 9:30 – 11:00 am PT, YouTube

Wednesday Evening YouTube Teaching and Q&A
Wed. 6:00 – 6:45 pm PT, YouTube

Wednesday Evening Zoom Dhamma Discussion
Wed. 6:45 – 7:30 pm PT, Zoom

Latest Talk

Latest Writing

Finding Seclusion in Sangha | Ajahn Kovilo & Ven. Nisabho Q&A

In this conversation, Ajahn Kovilo and Ven. Nisabho discuss how Sangha (community) can paradoxically nurture the essential mind of “seclusion” (viveka) praised by the Buddha. See for example:


In the spirit of Dhamma, all teachings are offered freely, with nothing expected in return. There are costs involved in providing for the shelter and basic living needs of resident monastics, and the Sangha relies on the daily generosity of the lay community even for their meal. For this reason, people often ask how they may support our organization.

Whether donating funds, giving daily alms, or volunteering, there are many ways in which one may lend support. Please email general inquiries to [email protected]. Note that, in order to protect their seclusion and honor the nature of such conversation, Clear Mountain’s monastics do not answer questions about practice over email, and recommend people instead participate in the weekly YouTube livestream and Zoom sessions.  Thank you!