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 will offer a Summer Retreat with Tuere Sala. Details are found below. We hope you can attend.

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July 28th – An Evening of Meditation and Discussion

This Wednesday at 7 PM,

The Sangha is Very Pleased

To Invite You to A Presentation

By Plum Village’s Brother Phap Hai.

Meditation, and a Dharma Talk

Will be Followed by a Discussion.

The sangha meets weekly for 30 minutes of meditation and a dharma talk on Zoom. A link to the meeting is sent to our mailing list or by email request.

After 30 minutes of meditation, we will listen to a talk from Brother Phap Hai called Each Moment Only Once.  Why are we a practitioner and what are we practicing in each moment of every day? 

Brother Phap Hai uses personal stories, Buddhist sutras and his warmth and humor to explore these questions and more.  This talk can be found here.

We hope you can join us.

Phap Hai is a senior monastic at the Plum Village Monastery in France. Australian by birth, Brother Phap Hai was ordained as a monk in 1997 and a Dharma teacher in January 2003 by Thich Nhat Hanh. He is an active Dharma teacher who leads retreats, days of mindfulness and talks throughout the western United States, Australia, South America and Asia. His first book is titled Nothing to It: Ten Ways to Be at Home with Yourself.

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August 21st and 22nd – Summer Retreat with Tuere Sala

You are Invited to Attend

A Two Day Retreat

With Tuere Sala

SIMS Guiding Teacher

August 21st and 22nd

 

The Retreat will be Live on Zoom

All are welcome. A program schedule for the weekend may be found here.

The Topic is Nibbana

Tuere writes:

NIBBANA: Is It Real or Imagined? Have you ever wondered what is nibbana?  Is it something concrete or some elusive concept about the afterlife?  Is nibbana, sometimes called awakening, even possible?  Is it just about belief or is it real, something to be experienced in the here and now?  These questions and more have been swirling around Dhamma practice since the time of the Buddha.  Buddha has described nibbana as the cooling of fire, the quenching of thirst, a release, escape.  It is pointed to in the 3rd Noble Truth and is attained by cultivating the Eightfold Path.  All of which implies an experience here and now.

During this weekend, we will explore nibbana by looking deeper at the 3rd Noble Truth.  We will look at why it is so important in today’s urban world to practice towards awakening.

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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 2021, the sangha provided volunteer and financial support for Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter. This work is conducted in cooperation with the Port Townsend Friends Meeting (Quakers) to help feed the most vulnerable members of the community during the winter months.

The sangha’s charitable activities support nonprofit entities that work to reduce identified suffering in our area and have demonstrated financial need. A list of 2020 recipients may be found here.

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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.

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.

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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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