Clear Mountain

An Aspiring Buddhist Thai 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 Theravada Buddhism, the Thai 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 the Seattle, going for alms most mornings at the Pike Place Market. On Saturday mornings, those interested gather at Saint Mark’s Cathedral for meditation, teaching, and coffee social. As faithful come together, a new community based on the mutual generosity and interdependence of monastics and local Buddhists may begin to grow.

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, 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 & Events

Latest Updates

Sat. Morning Meditation & Talk Live-Streamed Again Starting Oct. 30th

Due Covid-19 and other concerns, we’re eliminating the potluck from our weekly Saturday morning community gathering at Saint Mark’s Cathedral Bloedel Hall. Instead of sharing a meal after meditation and a teaching, participants will have the chance to speak about practice and life over coffee and tea in Saint Mark’s garden or a socially-distanced indoor setting. We hope that these, and…

Regular Events

Saturday Morning Meditation, Teaching & Coffee Social
Sat. 9:30 – 11:30 am, 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

“Eight Thoughts of a Great Being” (Part 1): A Dhamma Talk with Ven. Nisabho

In this talk, Ven. Nisabho speaks about the first four of the eight thoughts of a great being described by the Buddha in AN 8:30. From developing humility to fostering energy, specific practices can help us shape ourselves into better vessels of meaning, purpose, and compassion. https://suttacentral.net/an8.30/en/sujatohttps://suttacentral.net/an7.67/en/sujato

Support

Buddhist monastics rely on the generosity of others. The alms round or piṇḍapāta represents a tradition in which lay people offer food to monastics to support their spiritual practice for the day. Going for alms is not begging. Monks and nuns simply walk or stand silently, receiving what is given in kindness by those who feel inspired. Unable to handle money or store food, Clear Mountain’s monastics rely completely on such generosity for their one meal of the day, taken before noon. To learn how you can offera meal, visit the Daily Alms page, or click on the button below.

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 for other expenses such as renting retreat spaces. For this reason, people often ask if there is a way they may support our organization.

Donated funds are managed by Clear Mountain’s steward organization, the CMM Exploratory Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that holds and distributes funds on behalf of the Sangha. Donations are tax-deductible under Federal Tax ID 87-1302838. If you wish to donate, you may click this link or the button below. Please note that the monastery is not a part of the official Ajahn Chah lineage of Wat Pah Pong. If one wishes to give a larger amount, contact the email listed below.

Please email general inquiries to [email protected].