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.

Your Invitation to the Annual Sangha Picnic

It’s time for our Sangha Summer Tradition:

A Picnic at Fort Worden

  When:  Wednesday, July 31, from 5 to 7 PM  (No evening meditation that day) Where: Kitchen Shelter on the beach at Fort Worden

Families and Friends are very welcome!

Enjoy a short walking meditation on the beach, a potluck dinner, conversation and relaxation.

Feel free to bring musical instruments, games, poems, flowers, tablecloths, etc. to enhance the day. Let’s take some photos this year!

Please bring a potluck item to share, (with ingredient list); serving utensils and potholders.

Bring your own plates, cups, utensils and a beverage if desired. The Sangha will provide napkins.

A “Discover Pass” is needed for parking at the Kitchen Shelter. If you don’t have one, carpool with someone or park at the parade grounds and walk down to the beach.

We hope you will join us for this annual event.

Meditation and Discussion Wednesday July 24th

The Port Townsend Sangha will meet Wednesday July 24th, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Friends Meeting House located at the corner of Sheridan Avenue 19th Street.

After 45 minutes of mediation and a break for tea, we’ll hear a talk by Tara Brach. She will discuss the difficulty of coming into presence during meditation, and the advantages of reflecting on where there is a sense of peace, safety and love, especially when there has been trauma.

For those who are unable to attend or who wish to hear the podcast in it’s entirety, it can be found here: https://www.tarabrach.com/refuge-in-loving-presence/

We hope you can join us Wednesday evening.

Port Townsend Sangha’s Nonresidential Weekend Retreats

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

Our next Weekend Retreat will be with Seattle Insight Meditation Society teacher Keri Pederson, and is scheduled for the weekend of October 5-6, 2019.

The location will be the Port Townsend Yacht Club. More information will be posted before the event. If you have questions, please email us here.

Days of Mindfulness Programs

Days of Mindfulness, one-day retreats, are conducted locally by groups in Port Townsend and on Marrowstone Island.

The Port Townsend Days of Mindfulness are usually held on the second Saturday of the month.

Volunteers are needed to help lead these events. If you would like to help, please contact us here.

Sangha volunteers will assist with arranging facilities, promotion and registration. The “Monthly Days of Mindfulness” page has further information on our Saturday sits in Port Townsend.

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 and allied groups contribute time and funds to support services for the most vulnerable members of our community.

This year, a  week was spent buying and preparing food for Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter. A report on the meal program is found here.

Additional donations were made to area food and shelter programs and to groups providing services to persons with disabilities. A breakdown of these donations is found here. If you wish more information or want to participate, please contact us 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.

Use This Link To: Search Our Library Collection Online

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

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