Welcome to the Sangha

The Port Townsend Sangha offers an opportunity for silent meditation, tea and discussion each Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Friends Meeting House, a wheelchair-accessible site at the corner of Sheridan and 19th St in Port Townsend, WA.

While our focus is on Vipassana, or Insight Meditation, all are welcome who wish to sit with us to meditate or who are interested in the dharma. More information is here.

We also sponsor non-residential weekend and one-day retreats, conduct charitable activities, maintain a library, and offer information on meditation,

For more information on Sangha activities, join us any Wednesday evening or subscribe to our email list. If you have questions, please send us an email.

Wednesday February 26th – Meditation and Discussion

On Wednesday February 26th, the Port Townsend Sangha will meet at 7 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House at 19th and Sheridan Streets for 45 minutes of meditation, followed by a break for tea, and then a discussion of the dharma until 9 pm.

During our discussion, we will hear a portion of a talk by Jack Kornfield that includes a conversation about Ram Das. The entire talk may be found here.

We hope you can attend.

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April 3rd to 5th – A Weekend Retreat with Tuere Sala

A SPRING RETREAT

 

INSIGHT MEDITATION

With TUERE SALA

Guiding Teacher
Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Cultivating Awakening Emotions
For Wisdom and Clarity

The Port Townsend Sangha Invites you to a non-residential weekend retreat.

 

  • Dates:             April 3rd, 4th and 5th 2020
    • Friday:       7 pm – Introduction and Meditation
    • Saturday:   9 am to 5 pm Retreat
    • Sunday:      9 am to 5 pm Retreat
  • Location:          Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend
  • Registration:    Online Registration Form
  • Suggested donation to cover costs is $30 for the weekend. But all are welcome regardless of donation.
  • A dana basket will also be provided for the teacher.
  • Bring cushions or other meditation supports if you wish. Chairs will be provided.
  • Tea and hot water will be provided. We have a limited number of cups for the tea breaks, so participants are encouraged to bring their own cups/mugs.
  • Bring your lunch, or if you prefer, visit a local restaurant during the lunch break.
  • The retreat will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions and presentations by Tuere and small group meetings.  This offering is appropriate for beginners to meditation practice, as well as for more experienced practitioners.

Cultivating Awakening Emotions

It hardly seems that any of us are able to make it through a day without being emotionally triggered.  It could be a tragic or anger-inducing news story, a disagreement with family or friends (or even a stranger!), a comment or article on social media, a stressful situation at work … the list is endless.

Often emotions can turn our lives into a roller coaster ride of reactivity, which can have the effect of turning our meditative practice into an escape clause rather than the source of our inner strength.

It is possible, however, to engage our meditative practice in a more proactive way by cultivating several awakening emotions.  They are considered awakening emotions because when present, they bring clarity and wisdom.

During this weekend retreat we will explore these awakening emotions, how to distinguish them from non-awakening emotions, how to cultivate them and how to recognize their impact upon our practice.

Tuere Sala

Tuere has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years.  She has been an active member and volunteer at Seattle Insight since 2001.  In 2009, she was appointed to be a Local Dharma Leader and has often supported SIMS in unconventional ways such as answering the many letters SIMS receives from practitioners in prison; offering beginning classes at Angeline Women’s shelter and Jubilee House, a women’s transitional house; and facilitating workshops using nonviolent communication to support a mindfulness practice.

She believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation.  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 both easy to follow and to understand – making it accessible to everyone.

Tuere has completed extensive trainings, including the two-year Spirit Rock/IMS Community Dharma Leader Program; a one year course, Focusing for Complex Trauma that incorporates mindfulness principles with somatic listening, and a one-year Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training course that applies mindfulness principles to the high stress work environments of first responders.

She  has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice.

For more information, visit ptsangha.org. Or email us with any questions.

We hope you can attend.

Port Townsend Sangha’s Day of Mindfulness Program

Days of Mindfulness (DoMs) are one-day retreats  offered by the Port Townsend Sangha. They are typically led by visiting teachers, and include periods of sitting and walking meditation as well as dharma talks. Occasionally, an experienced Sangha member will conduct a peer-led DoM that includes recorded material as well as sitting and walking meditation.

Apart from the teachings and presentations themselves, or during periods of guided meditation or discussion periods, silence is maintained during the daylong retreat to strengthen and stabilize the group energy.

DoMs are announced on this page, and notices are sent by email to all on our mailing list.

Days of Mindfulness are currently scheduled for May and July with two of our most popular visiting teachers. An announcement will be made when registration opens.

More information on the monthly DoM program is found here.

Port Townsend Sangha’s Nonresidential Weekend Retreats

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

Our next Weekend Retreat will be with Seattle Insight Meditation Society teacher Tuere Sala, and is scheduled for the weekend of April 3, 4 and 5, 2020. Registration is now open, and you can register here.

The location will be the Port Townsend Yacht Club.  If you have questions or have difficulty with the form, please email us here for information or to register.

The Sangha Lending Library

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

We have a wide variety of books and recordings on Buddhism, Buddhist practice, meditation and other spiritual traditions. All books and media may be borrowed.


Search Our Library Collection Online

To see a list of all books in our library, click here.

To learn more about how the library works, visit our Lending Library page.

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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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.

Our goal is to provide support for nonprofit entities that work to reduce identified suffering in our area.

This year, a team of volunteers will buy and prepare food for Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter. Through the generosity of those attending Wednesday meditation, Sangha retreats and Days of Mindfulness, we were also able to make cash donations this year. A list of recipients is here.

Our Calendar


If you wish to look ahead for future events, the Calendar is the place to go.

Just click on this link or select Calendar from the menu at the top of the page for advance information on Sangha activities.

Early notices will be posted for Wednesday Meditation and their Discussion Topics, Days of Mindfulness, Weekend Retreats, Special Events, and the Picnic, all as information becomes available.