Welcome to the Sangha

While we wait to resume group events in Port Townsend,

The Sangha continues to offer Meditation Opportunities.

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 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.

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,

Scroll Down for Information on Sangha activities. To keep up to date, Subscribe to our email list. Or if you have questions, please send us an email.

Tuere Sala Will Meet with Us on Friday April 3rd

 

FRIDAY TALK GOES FORWARD

PRACTICING STABILITY

WITH TUERE SALA 

A LIVE VIDEO TALK IN YOUR HOME

GUIDED MEDITATION AND DISCUSSION

FRIDAY APRIL 3RD FROM 7 PM TO 9 PM

The Port Townsend Sangha Invites you a live video session with Tuere Sala, Guiding Teacher Seattle Insight Meditation Society.

The subject will be “Practicing Stability in This Time of Instability”

The session will start with a guided 30-minute sit followed by a Dharma talk. 

Tuere will then open it up for live questions and answers.

Because group gatherings have been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus, we will be using Zoom, a video conferencing application.  Instructions are found below.

Participation is easy. No account is required. You do NOT have to register or sign in.

We hope you will join us in this adventure with Tuere Sala on Friday April 3rdat 7 pm.

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Instructions:

Download Zoom at this link:  https://zoom.us/download

Once installed, you can join the two-hour session to be held 7 PM Friday April 3rd by clicking this link:  https://zoom.us/j/9340466510

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For more information about using Zoom, visit  Joining a Meeting with Zoom.

Here are a few tips.

On Friday April 3rdonce Zoom is installed on your phone or tablet or computer, just click on this link https://zoom.us/j/9340466510 to join the meeting.

Follow the prompts.

When prompted, choose to use “computer audio”.

When prompted, choose to join with or without video.

If you are asked to type a name, you can use your own or any name you like, or just type: “Me”

If you have questions, write us at ptsangha@gmail.com with your phone number or question, and we will try to help.

If you are using a computer, when you join the meeting, you will see this bar at the bottom with controls to mute your microphone, stop your video, and chat with the host. 

On a smart phone, at the bottom of the screen will be similar controls to turn audio and video on and off and more.

Plan to join the meeting about 10 minutes early to test your connection and audio

Tuere may choose to mute all microphones during part of the Dharma talk. At other times, keep your microphone muted unless you want to speak.

Use the “Raise your hand” icon or type a question in the Chat window if you want to speak during the question and answer period.

If your connection is bad, try turning off your video and only using the audio portion of the talk. To use the audio from your phone, select “phone audio” from the Switch-to-Audio feature accessible from the Mute button. A phone number will be provided there to access cell phone sound.

If you are unable to attend the live dharma talk, it will be recorded and available at a later date. 

A Note about 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 and has often supported SIMS in unconventional ways such as answering the many letters SIMS receives from practitioners in prison; offering beginning classes at Angeline Women’s shelter and Jubilee House, a women’s transitional house; and facilitating workshops using nonviolent communication to support a mindfulness practice.

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.

Tuere has completed extensive trainings, including the two-year Spirit Rock/IMS Community Dharma Leader Program; a one year course, Focusing for Complex Trauma that incorporates mindfulness principles with somatic listening, and a one-year Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training course that applies mindfulness principles to the high stress work environments of first responders.

She  has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice.

For more information, email us with any questions.

Wednesday April 1st – Meditation and Discussion

While the Sangha’s members are not meeting in person as a group for a while to limit the spread of the coronavirus, we can practice together in spirit with dharma talks suggested by Sangha members.  This week, the recommended dharma talk is “Responses to the corona virus/karuna virus” with Jill Shepherd.

In addition, Sangha members have found the following online meditations valuable to their home practice:

  • Tara Brach has put together a set of Pandemic Resources including relevant Dharma talks to support us during these difficult times.
  • Spirit Rock is offering online meditation with Sylvia Boorstein and Donald Rothberg on Wednesday mornings via Zoom.  Visit the Spirit Rock Meditation Group website for details to join.
  • Olympic Peninsula Mindfulness is offering their Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course online by donation.  Visit the MBSR course website for details to enroll.
  • Kate Davies maintains a list of meditation resources for coping with COVID-19 that you may find helpful.
  • Tricycle is continuing to offer free live online practice sessions.  These sessions are hosted on Zoom and require advance registration here.  All sessions are recorded and you can watch them later if you cannot attend the live event.  The next event is:
    • March 31 at 1:00 PM EDT with Sharon Salzberg

We wish you good health and peace during this pause in our in-person group activities.

The Sangha will resume gathering as soon as possible. A notice will be posted here and sent to the Sangha mailing list when a date is set for our next meeting.

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.

Days of Mindfulness are currently scheduled for May and July with two of our most popular visiting teachers. An announcement will be made when registration opens.

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.

Our next Weekend Retreat has been postponed, but a Friday night talk is planned by video conference on April 3rd and is described above.

The location will be the Port Townsend Yacht Club.  If you have questions or have difficulty with the form, please email us here for information or to register.

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.