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 is found below.

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 over 22 years.

The sangha hosts its weekly meetings at 7 PM each Wednesday on Zoom, with weekly details announced below. In addition, a group of meditators meets in-person on Monday evenings at the Friends Meetinghouse in Port Townsend – also at 7 PM.

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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February 1st Meditation – Wednesday on Zoom

You are Invited to Join Us

Wednesday, February 1st,

At 7 PM On Zoom,

For a Half Hour of Meditation

A Talk by Kurt Spellmeyer,

Discussion and Announcements

The sangha meets weekly on Zoom. A link to the meeting is sent to our mailing list or is available by email request.

The talk is called: The Mind’s Two Screens, and is the first of three lectures, all found here.  Our host for the evening writes: “It’s straight-ahead Zen. He’s very engaging, unassuming, friendly, and ardent in hoping we all can reach satori. ”

Kurt Spellmeyer is a Zen priest who directs the Cold Mountain Zen Sangha in New Jersey, and is a Tricycle magazine contributing editor. He teaches English at Rutgers University, and is the author of Buddha at the Apocalypse: Awakening from a Culture of Destruction.

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Monday Meditation – January 30th at the Friends

Meditation and Discussion

At the Friends Meeting House

Monday At 7 PM January 30th

All are Welcome.

More information on the weekly format is found 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 and discussing 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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February 8th – Wednesday Meditation and Discussion

You are invited to join us

Wednesday, February 8th,

For Meditation on Zoom,

Followed by a Sylvia Boorstein

Dharma Talk and a Discussion.

All are Welcome.

The sangha meets weekly on Zoom. A link to the meeting is sent to our mailing list or is available by email request.

After meditation, we will listen to a talk by Sylvia Boorstein entitled The first noble truth is really true, or the principal beneficiary of well wishing is the wisher. Or the only response to suffering is compassion! It may be previewed here. A discussion will follow.

Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985. She is a founding Spirit Rock teacher, a psychologist, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation.

Her books include: It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat; That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist; Pay Attention for Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.

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February 15th Meditation, Discussion and a Dharma Talk

You are Invited to Join Us

Wednesday, February 15th,

At 7 PM on Zoom for Meditation,

A Dharma Talk By Tara Brach

And a Discussion.

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. 

The talk, called Awakening Self Compassion,will follow 30 minutes of meditation.  A link to the dharma talk is found here.

Tara Brach, Ph.D. is a meditation teacher, psychologist and author of several books including international bestselling Radical AcceptanceRadical Compassion and Trusting the Gold. Her teaching blends Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. Tara is founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Along with Jack Kornfield, she leads a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, serving participants from 74 countries around the world.

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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 2023, Sangha volunteers will purchase food, donate funds and prepare meals to support Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter on January 31, February 1 and 2nd.

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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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