Welcome to the Port Townsend Sangha

The Port Townsend Sangha website provides information on Meditation, Fellowship and Dharma Study opportunities in Port Townsend, Washington. While our focus is on Vipassana, or Insight Meditation, all who wish to meditate or who are interested in the dharma are welcome at all announced events. Program details and schedules are below.

The Sangha is an informal, leaderless, volunteer-driven, peer-led group. It’s members include all seekers interested in the Buddhist path. Sangha members and friends have gathered weekly for over 23 years. If you have questions, please email us.

WEDNESDAY MEDITATION ON ZOOM: The Sangha meets every Wednesday evening at  7 PM on Zoom to meditate, listen to a dharma talk, and discuss our practice. The links to these meetings are below, or will be sent if you subscribe to our newsletter.

MONDAY MEDITATION AT THE FRIENDS MEETINGHOUSE:  On Mondays, participants gather in person at 7 PM at the Friends Meetinghouse. Details are below.

OUTDOOR MEDITATION IN THE PARK ON THURSDAYS: This summer and early fall, the Sangha will meet weekly, each Thursday at 6:30 PM in Chetzemoka Park, in Port Townsend. Details are below.

RETREATS: The Sangha offers weekend and one day Retreats. The next will be an evening and day-long program on July 19th – 20th with Tuere Sala. See below.

NEWSLETTER:  A weekly newsletter is sent to subscribers with the link to the Wednesday Zoom meetings and information on events and programs.

CHANT:  At the start of weekly meditation, we often play the devotional chant known as the Salutation to the Buddha. A recording and the words of the chant may be found here.

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Wednesday July 10 Meditation on Zoom

Please Join us On July 10

At 7 PM on Zoom

For Meditation and a Talk

By David Loy, to be

Followed by a Discussion.

 

Here is the link to this online gathering

After 30 minutes of meditation, we will view an interview with David Loy. It is entitled “Reconnecting with Nature and our Inner being | Our Gift to the Earth”, and may be previewed here.

David Loy is a Professor of Buddhist and Comparative Philosophy, a writer, and teacher in the Zen tradition of Japanese Buddhism.

In this interview with Scott Snibbe, he discusses the necessity of engaging with the world and transcending duality as part of your contemplative practice and  how Buddhism and other contemplative traditions change in response to the needs of the contemporary world and how to respond appropriately to the challenges of our time, without falling into the extremes of indifference or despair.

All are welcome to join us for meditation, this talk and an evening chat.

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July 19th and 20th Tuere Sala Dharma Talk and Retreat

 

          

Tuere Sala

July 19th and 20th

Evening Dharma Talk and Daylong Retreat

Cultivating Awakening Emotions

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION IS FULL

USE THIS LINK FOR ZOOM ACCESS TO THIS EVENT

We are pleased to announce that Tuere Sala, guiding teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation Society, will return to Port Townsend in July to offer an evening dharma talk and a daylong meditation retreat. 

If In-Person space opens, we will revise this notice and invite registration. Meanwhile we hope you will join us on Zoom using this link for the address. All are welcome.

Times and Dates:

Friday July 19th at 7 PM – Evening Dharma Talk

Saturday July 20th from 9 AM to 5 PM – Meditation Retreat with Talks

The Friday dharma talk is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. The Saturday event will include meditation instructions, talks and silent meditation periods.

Tuere Sala is a guiding teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation Society, and serves on Spirit Rock’s Guiding Teachers Council. She has practiced vipasanna meditation for over 30 years, is committed to lay practice, and inspired by bringing the dharma to nontraditional places.

Voluntary Donations: Donations to cover Tuere’s visit costs and support her work will be accepted at the door or may be offered through this address.

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Every Thursday – Summer Meditation at Chetzemoka Park

 

Chetzemoka Park entrance

Sangha Members

Are Meeting to Meditate

Each Thursday Evening

At 6:30 in Chetzemoka Park

 

Sangha members and friends wishing to meditate outside gather each Thursday at 6:30 PM in Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend.

We meet at the picnic tables near the shelter (not the gazebo), and begin at 6:30 sharp, with a 30 minute sit followed by a 10 minute walking meditation.

There will not be a formal dharma talk, but sitters are encouraged to bring a short poem or short quotation to share. The last 10 minutes will be for social conversation.  We will leave the park at 7:30.  Please bring your cushion or chair if needed.

Chetzemoka Park is located at 1000 Jackson Street in Port Townsend.

We hope you can join us.

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Every Monday – Meditation at the Port Townsend Friends

 

You Are Invited to Attend

Meditation and  Discussion

At 7 PM in Port Townsend

Each Monday at the Friends

 

The sangha gathers each Monday, at the Friends Meeting House on the corner of Sheridan and 19th Streets in Port Townsend, WA.

The subject matter of dharma talks is chosen, and discussions are led by volunteers on topics most often related to insight meditation (vipassana). On the first Monday of the month, a dharma talk is led by Ed Haber from Moon Water Dojo.

We arrive silently before 7 PM, begin mediation at 7 PM. After about 20 minutes, a bell rings as a signal for who wish begin walking meditation. The group takes a break for tea at 7:40 – for socializing. At 8 PM, dharma talks, presentations and discussions begin.

More information on the weekly format is found here. All are welcome.

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Wednesday, July 17th Meditation on Zoom

Please join us for Meditation,

A Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh

And a Discussion on Zoom

Wednesday, July 17th at 7 PM

 

Here is the link to this online gathering

After a half hour of meditation, we will listen to a dharma talk. This week’s is by Thich Nhat Hanh, and is entitled “Resting in God – A short teaching video.” It may be previewed here.

Our evening’s host writes: I find it quite moving and have hopes that all who attend will also.

Everyone is warmly invited to join us for meditation and discussion.

Thich Nhat Hahn was an exiled Vietnamese Thien Buddhist monk, peace activist, author, and poet.  He founded the Plum Village Tradition, based in France, and now with 11 monasteries worldwide. 

The quality of his translations of and commentaries on the suttras; his writing on mindfulness, loving-kindness and right action; his years of activity as a peace activist, his work as teacher of meditation and his influence on western Buddhist practice cannot be overstated.

After a 39 year exile, Thich Nhat Hanh was permitted to return to Vietnam in 2005.  In 2018, he returned to his “root temple,” Tu Hieu Temple, near Hue, where he lived until his death in 2022, at the age of 95.

 

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The Sangha Lending Library

The PT Sangha Library shares space with the Quaker’s Library at the Friends Meetinghouse. It is open on Monday evenings when the Sangha meets.

We have a wide variety of books on Buddhism, Buddhist practice, meditation and other spiritual traditions.

Search Our Library Collection Online

Learn more about how the library works at the the Lending Library.

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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 2023, Sangha volunteers purchased food, donated funds and prepared meals to support Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter Program.

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Port Townsend Sangha’s Nonresidential Weekend Retreats

The Port Townsend Sangha conducts non-residential weekend retreats with visiting teachers live, in person, and on Zoom. Information on the Sangha’s Retreat Program is found here.

Our next retreat will present Tuere Sala in person in Port Townsend, and will be held in July at the Friends Meeting House.

On Friday night, July 19th, there will be an evening lecture. This will be followed by a full day retreat on Saturday, July 20th. More information and a full schedule will be posted shortly and will be sent to our mailing list and to all who pre-register below.

Pre-registration is appreciated to help with planning.

Pre-Register for the Tuere Sala Event Here.

Please Contact us if you have questions.

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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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