Welcome to the Port Townsend Sangha

The Port Townsend Sangha website provides information on Meditation, Fellowship and Dharma Study opportunities in Port Townsend, Washington. While our focus is on Vipassana, or Insight Meditation, all who wish to meditate or who are interested in the dharma are welcome at all announced events. Weekly program information are found below, and updated weekly.

The Port Townsend Sangha is an informal leaderless, volunteer-driven, peer-led group. It’s members include all seekers interested in the Buddhist path. Sangha members and friends have gathered weekly for 22 years. In 2020, in response to the Covid pandemic, the sangha began hosting weekly meetings at 7 PM each Wednesday on Zoom. These Wednesday online gatherings continue, with weekly details announced below.

Starting November 7th, 2022,  a group of meditators began to meet in-person Monday evenings at the Friends Meetinghouse in Port Townsend, also at 7PM.

Visit this website or subscribe to the newsletter for the latest information. More information on the programs is here. If you have questions, please email us.

 

CURRENT EVENTS

WEDNESDAY MEDITATION: The Sangha meets every Wednesday evening at  7 PM on Zoom to meditate, listen to a dharma talk, and to discuss our practice. Weekly details are found below.

MONDAY MEDITATION: A meditation group gathers Monday evenings at the Friends Meetinghouse. Details are announced below. Responsible distancing is maintained to promote public health.

SATURDAY EVENING PROGRAMS: When guest teachers present Saturday Meditation Programs, they are announced here and by email. 

RETREAT PROGRAM: The Sangha has a history of offering weekend and daylong retreats. When offered, these are announced below and by email to subscribers.

THE CHANT:  At the start of Wednesday meditation, we play the devotional chant or Vandana known as the Salutation to the Buddha. A recording and the words of the chant may be found here.

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Sangha Support for the 2023 Winter Shelter Meals Program

Between January 30th and February 3rd, 2023,

Sangha Volunteers Will Prepare Meals for

 Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter for a few days.

We Hope you Will Consider Supporting this Effort.

For many years, the Port Townsend Sangha has provided volunteers and a cash contribution to support our community’s Winter Shelter Food Program.

Volunteers prepare food, and Sangha participants donate funds to help this community effort for those with the most profound needs in Jefferson County.

Our ability to support this program depends on you. 

To offer some time to help prepare or serve a meal, please write to ptsangha@gmail.com

If you wish to give financial support to this community meals program, please send a donation to:

PT Sangha Treasurer Ellen Ostern
20 Upper Bluffs Dr. #1
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Many thanks for helping the vulnerable populations of Jefferson County.

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Monday Meditation Group – December 5th at the Friends

A group of meditators gathers at the Friends Meetinghouse in Port Townsend Monday evenings at 7 PM for meditation, dharma talks, readings, tea and discussions. The next meeting will be December 5th.

More information on the weekly format is here. The subject matter of dharma talks is chosen, and discussions are led by volunteers on topics most often related to insight meditation (vipassana).

This week, after meditation, the group is presenting portions of One Dharma by Joseph Goldstein.

The Friends Meeting House is on the corner of Sheridan and 19th Streets in Port Townsend, WAResponsible distancing is practiced among participants. 

People arrive silently before 7 PM, begin mediation at 7 PM. After about 20 minutes, a bell rings, as a signal for who wish begin walking meditation. The group takes a break for tea at 7:40 – with socializing in the large meeting room. At 8 PM, dharma talks, presentations and discussions begin. A volunteer signup sheet is passed around before adjournment at 9:00.

All are welcome.

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December 7th Wednesday Meditation and Discussion

You are Welcome to Join

The Port Townsend Sangha

Wednesday December 7th

On Zoom, for Meditation, and

A Dharma Talk By Jack Kornfield

Followed by a Lively Discussion

Wednesday, December 7th, the Port Townsend Sangha will meet for meditation, a dharma talk, and discussion on Zoom.

The sangha meets weekly for 30 minutes of meditation and a dharma talk followed by an open conversation. A link to the meeting is sent to our mailing list or is available by email request.

After meditation, we will listen to one of Jack Kornfield’s Monday Night Talks at Spirit Rock. Here is a link to the talk.

Our evening’s facilitator writes: Step out of the “small sense of self” and into the “larger mystery of life” with Jack Kornfeld. We’re part of something greater and Jack has his quintessential way reminding of us through storied examples of  how the dharma can lead us to greater understanding. Jack Kornfeld is an American writer and teacher in the Vipassana movement of Theravada Buddhism. He is a founding member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Everyone is welcome.
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December 14th Meditation, Discussion and a Dharma Talk

You are Invited to Join

The Port Townsend Sangha

Wednesday, December 14th

At 7 PM on Zoom for Meditation,

A Discussion, And a Dharma Talk

By Tuere Sala – All are Welcome

The talk will follow 30 minutes of meditation.  The sangha meets weekly for 30 minutes of meditation and a dharma talk followed by an open conversation. A link to the meeting is sent to our mailing list or is available by email request.

 After meditation, we will listen to Tuere Sala’s introduction to the ongoing, year-long, Seattle Insight Meditation teaching series: Oxherding Pictures – 2022. A link to this lecture is found here.

The 10 Oxherding Pictures we will view during the recording tell the story of a practitioner’s journey towards greater peace and acceptance with seeing things as they truly are.

Here is the link to view and learn more about the 10 Oxherding Pictures discussed at this year’s SIMS teaching.

Tuere Sala: Tuere is a guiding teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation Society. She has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places, and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and difficulties sitting still.  Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is easy to follow and to understand – making it accessible to everyone. Tuere has offered online talks and led in-person retreat gatherings for the PT Sangha for many years.

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Service and Dana

Dana is charitable giving. Every year, members of the Port Townsend Sangha contribute time and funds to support services for the most vulnerable members of our community.

In early 2022, Sangha volunteers purchased food, donated funds and prepared meals to support Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter.

To the extent possible, we will do so again early in 2023. An article on the program, and a request for support and volunteers is found above. Please write us if you wish to volunteer or make a contribution of any kind – dedicated to this program. Thank you for your compassion for those in our community with the greatest need.

 

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Port Townsend Sangha’s Nonresidential Weekend Retreats

The Port Townsend Sangha conducts non-residential weekend retreats with visiting teachers. Information on the Sangha’s Retreat Program is found here.

The program is currently on Zoom, allowing participants to join together for a weekend while remaining safe at home. Invitations for future retreats will be sent to our mailing list.

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Port Townsend Sangha’s Day of Mindfulness Program

Days of Mindfulness (DoMs) are one-day meditation retreats offered for many years by the Sangha and currently conducted on Zoom. There is no charge to attend.

Information on these events will be posted here, and Zoom meeting invitations will be sent to our mailing list or may be obtained by writing us.  

More information on in-person DoMs (when resumed) is found here.

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The Sangha Lending Library

The PT Sangha Library shares space with the Quaker Library at the Friends Meetinghouse. It is open on Wednesday evenings when the Sangha meets.

We have a wide variety of books and recordings on Buddhism, Buddhist practice, meditation and other spiritual traditions.

Search Our Library Collection Online

See a list of all books here.

Learn more about how the library works at the the Lending Library.

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More Opportunities for Dharma Study and Meditation

There are other current opportunities for Vipassana and Dharma Study and Meditation in or around Port Townsend.

Below are some suggestions and additional links.

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