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.

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WEDNESDAY MEDITATION: We currently meditate together and discuss the dharma each Wednesday evening on Zoom at 7 pm. Weekly details are found below.


SATURDAY EVENING PROGRAMS: On one or two Saturday’s each month, the Sangha presents visiting teachers for an evening of meditation and dharma study. These include well known area teachers such as Tuere Sala, Keri Pederson, Heather Martin and Steve Wilhelm.

Heather Martin will lead an evening of meditation and discussion on Saturday September 26th. It is described below.

While most teachers visit occasionally, Tuere Sala is offering a continuing monthly program for those seeking sequential training and practice to develop insight and right action. Tuere is the guiding teacher at SIMS (Seattle Insight Meditation Society). Details and the Zoom Invitation are posted below. Her next evening with us is Saturday, October 31st..

RETREAT PROGRAM: The Sangha offers Daylong and Weekend Retreats on Zoom, allowing us to join together in fellowship and practice together, while safe at home. 

A Daylong Retreat with Steve Wilhelm is scheduled for October, and is described below.


We are happy to announce that SIMS Guiding Teacher Tuere Sala will start a six-week online meditation class on September 30th. The program also includes a November Day of Mindfulness.

Click Here For All the Details.

September 30th – Wednesday Meditation and Discussion

Join us on Wednesday,

September 30th at 7 PM for

Silent Meditation

Followed by a Dharma Talk

The sangha gathers weekly on Zoom. The Zoom  meeting invitation is sent to our mailing list, or is available by writing us.

We hope you will attend.

September 26th – Meditation and Discussion with Heather Martin






The Sangha is happy to welcome back Heather Martin, guiding teacher for the Salt Spring Insight Meditation Community, to lead our meditation and discussion program on September 26th at 7 pm.

We will meet together online, using Zoom meeting software.

An invitation will go out to our mailing lists, and is available along with technical support by writing to us.

Heather Martin

Heather is one of the Sangha’s beloved teachers who has provided inspiration for many years. She has been meditating for over 50 years in various traditions.  Theravada has been her main practice since 1981 when she trained in the style of SN Goenka for 8 years. 

We hope you can attend.

A Day of Mindfulness with Steve Wilhelm – Saturday, October 17th

You are invited to

A Day of Mindfulness with

Seattle Insight Meditation Teacher

Steve Wilhelm

Saturday, October 17 9am – 5pm

“Bringing our Insight and Compassion to Tumultuous Times”.

On Saturday, October 17th, the Sangha will again welcome SIMS Teacher Steve Wilhelm for a Day of Mindfulness – with a combination of Dharma talks, meditation instruction and periods of sitting and walking meditation. There will be an opportunity to break into discussion groups as well, all on Zoom. It promises to be a rewarding and timely day of peace and practice.

An invitation link will be sent to the mailing list or may be obtained by emailing us.

Steve writes: Especially during difficult periods when many of us are disturbed by uncertainty, the freedom and not-clinging promised by the Buddha can seem far away. Things can seem kind of bleak.

Navigating through the current difficult political and social period, with many in our nation still blinded by racism and by other forms of division, takes all the deep insight and compassion we can muster. We need to discern how to act with conviction if we’re moved to, but how to do so without losing deep compassion for all humans even if we disagree with their choices or politics.

Our insight practice is powerful not weak here. It takes us beyond our own biased views of ourselves, and of others, to see the great equanimity of all beings. It is this seeing, understanding the causes and conditions behind all of us while judging none, which makes us truly effective and truly kind.

We will explore these understandings for the Saturday, Oct. 17 online Port Townsend Day of Mindfulness.

Steve Wilhelm has been meditating since 1968, and engaged in Buddhist practice since 1987. His practice is primarily Vipassanna. He has studied and practiced in both the Tibetan and Vipassana traditions, with extended retreats in the U.S. and Asia. Steve has facilitated Eastside Insight Meditation in Kirkland since 2000, and serves as a local Dharma leader for Seattle Insight Meditation Society.

He also edits Northwest Dharma News, an online publication, and serves on the board of the Tibetan Nuns Project. He has edited three published Dharma books and is now editing a fourth. In 2017, Steve graduated from the fifth Community Dharma Leaders program, coordinated by Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. He lives in Kirkland with his wife Ellen, and retired in mid-2016 from a 34-year career as a journalist.

October 31st – Tuere Sala Meditation and Dharma Talk




SATURDAY, October 31

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.  

We will continue discussing the Four Noble Truths using the book Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering by Phillip Moffitt.  In October we will discuss chapters 1-6 focusing on the first 2 Insights. The book is not required for participating, but you may find it useful for our discussion and your practice.

Please join the Zoom meeting by clicking Tuere’s personal link:


For more login details and phone numbers for audio connection only, click here.   

We thank Tuere for an outstanding weekend retreat in September for our Sangha. Well over 30 people attended for the full weekend. Those wishing to offer dana to support Tuere’s work may do so here.

Tuere Sala 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 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.

The program is currently conducted on Zoom, allowing participants to join together for a weekend while remaining safe at home.

These events are open to all serious aspirants of any level. There is no charge.  Information on voluntary contributions to support a teacher’s work may be be provided.

We thank Tuere Sala for an outstanding weekend retreat in September with great attendance from our extended sangha. Persons wishing to offer dana to support Tuere’s work may do so here.

Invitations for future retreats will be sent to our mailing list or may be obtained by emailing us. We hope you will be able to join us.

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.

Our next Day of Mindfulness is scheduled for October 17. This event will be conducted by Steve Wilhelm. Steve has also led Sangha retreats in the past year, receiving high praise from participants. 

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.

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.

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 final round of donations was made in September, 2020. 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.