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.

Wednesday Meditation and Discussion – December 18th

On Wednesday, December 18th, the Port Townsend Sangha will meet at 7 pm at the Friends Meeting House at the corner of Sheridan and 19th Streets. We will start with 45 minutes of meditation, followed by tea and a discussion until 9 pm. More information on our discussion topic will be posted when received.

We hope you will join us.

Seasonal Reminders: 

The Sangha is NOT meeting on Christmas, Wednesday, December 25th.
In lieu of our usual Wednesday evening gathering you might enjoy a meditative walk in the woods at Fort Worden that morning with Ellen Falconer of Olympic Peninsula Meditation.
Meet: 8:45 AM at Fort Worden Commons
The Meditative Walk is from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

The Sangha will meet as usual on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 7 PM.
We look forward to starting the new year together with you!

More information will follow soon. Here is a Registration Form.

We look forward to starting the new year together with you!

Port Townsend Sangha’s Day of Mindfulness Program

Our next Day of Mindfulness will be January 25th, with Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS) Teacher Steve Wilhelm. You can register for the event here

Days of Mindfulness (DoMs) are one-day retreats  offered by the Port Townsend Sangha. They are led by visiting teachers when available.

When visiting teachers are not available, an experienced Sangha volunteer presents recorded material along, leads the periods of sitting and walking meditation.

Apart from the teachings and presentations themselves, or during periods of guided meditation, silence is maintained during the daylong retreat to strengthen and stabilize the group energy. More information on the monthly DoM program is found here.

DoMs are announced on this page, and notices are sent by email to our mailing list. If you would like to help with this program, please contact us as volunteers are needed.

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.

Our next Weekend Retreat will be with Seattle Insight Meditation Society teacher Tuere Sala, and is scheduled for the weekend of April 3, 4 and 5, 2020.

The location will be the Port Townsend Yacht Club.  If you have questions, please email 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 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 suffering in our area.

For example, last January, a week was spent buying and preparing food for Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter. A report on the prior-year meal program is found here.

This project is ongoing, and we are scheduling for several days of food preparation in the weeks ahead. If you are willing to volunteer to help cook a meal or willing to offer a contribution for food purchase, please contact us here.  Thank you.

Last year, the Sangha also made cash contributions to local food and shelter programs, and to groups providing services to persons with disabilities, to families in crisis and for children in need of special services. A breakdown of these prior-year donations is found here.

Each December, the Sangha holds an announced meeting to review proposals for charitable giving. If you wish more information or are willing to participate in identifying organizations appropriate for our support, please contact us 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.