Welcome to the Port Townsend Sangha

The Port Townsend Sangha meets each Wednesday Evening at 7 pm for meditation, dharma discussion and fellowship. 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 hereTo keep up to date, subscribe to our email list. Or if you have questions, please email us.

OUR CURRENT PROGRAM

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

SATURDAY EVENING PROGRAMS: Guest Teachers present Saturday Meditation Programs announced here and by email. 

RETREAT PROGRAM: The Sangha has a history of offering weekend and daylong retreats. 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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May 25th – An Evening of Meditation and Discussion

Please Join Us Wednesday,

May 25th, at 7 PM on Zoom.

For a Half Hour of Meditation,

A Dharma Talk by David Loy

And an Open 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 by email request.

We will meditate for 30 minutes, and then hear a talk by David Loy that may be previewed here.

“What Does Renunciation Really Mean?”

Most if not all spiritual traditions emphasize renunciation, in one form or another, but what needs to be renounced? According to a Sufi saying: “First, renounce the world. Second, renounce the self. Third, renounce renunciation — for the sake of the world.”

David Robert Loy is a retired professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, a writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism.  He is a prolific author, and his articles appear regularly in the pages of major journals such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, Lion’s Roar, and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals.

David lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues.  His latest book, published in 2019, is

Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis.  David Loy is one of the founding members of the new Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, near Boulder, Colorado.

More detailed information about David Loy can be found at https://www.davidloy.org
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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 2022, sangha volunteers purchased food, donated funds and prepared meals to support Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter.

For information on community service opportunities, write us.

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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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