Welcome to the Sangha

The Port Townsend Sangha normally 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.

To protect participants while continuing our group practice, the sangha is meeting weekly for meditation and discussion on Zoom. Information on next week’s program and upcoming guest teachers is below.

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

To keep up to date, Subscribe to our email list. Or if you have questions, please send us an email.

June 3rd – Wednesday Meditation and Discussion

We invite you to join the Port Townsend Sangha for meditation and discussion on Wednesday at 7 PM.

We will gather in person, but remotely on Zoom.  An invitation link will be sent to everyone on the Sangha mailing list or you can write us at ptangha@gmail.com.

We will begin with 25 minutes of silent meditation, followed by a dharma talk and discussion period. 

This week we will read selected poems and facilitate our dharma discussion using the book “The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness and Joy” edited by John Brehm.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to order the book of mindfulness poems, please bring a favorite poem or two to share and discuss.  Please select those that have particular resonance with you during this challenging time.  Poetry and the dharma seem to go together, and both are particularly needed at this time.

We hope you can join us.

Invitation – June 13th – to Practice with Kurt Hoelting

Invitation to Join

Kurt Heolting

And the PT Sangha

For Meditation and

A Dharma Talk

Saturday June 13, at 7 pm

We will be meeting on Zoom for Kurt’s Practice Talk. The invitation link will be sent to our mailing lists or may be obtained by writing ptsangha@gmail.com. Technical assistance is available from the same address.

Kurt’s subject is:

“Sustaining Our Vitality When Things Fall Apart”

We hope you will be able to join us.

Kurt Hoelting is a Zen practitioner and mindfulness teacher. Born and raised in the Puget Sound region, he attended the University of Washington and Harvard Divinity School, and is a former Protestant minister. For twenty-seven years he has been head guide and teacher with Inside Passages, leading mindfulness-based kayaking retreats in Southeast Alaska. For the last twelve years, he has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the VA Hospital in Seattle. He offers mindfulness trainings and retreats within the Cascadia bioregion.

Kurt is the author of The Circumference of Home, a finalist for the 2011 Washington State Book Award. He lives on Whidbey Island.

Dharma Talk with Tuere Sala – Saturday June 27th on Zoom





7 PM to 9 PM


The Port Townsend Sangha welcomes Tuere Sala, Guiding Teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation Society, for a special evening of meditation and Dharma discussion.  Tuere will be meeting with us on Zoom once a month.  The upcoming schedule is below:

  • Saturday, June 27 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, July 18 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, August 28 at 7 PM

Please join the Zoom meeting by clicking this link:


For more login details and phone numbers for audio connection only, click here.   You can download Zoom at this link:  https://zoom.us/download

For those who wish to offer dana to the teacher, Tuere’s PayPal address is paypal.me/tueresala. Donations to Tuere may also be sent to her c/o Seattle Insight Meditation Society, 4001 9th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105


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.  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.

For more information, email us with any questions.

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.

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.

At this time, Tuere Sala is scheduled to conduct a retreat in September. As meetings are resumed notices will be posted here.


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.