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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CURRENT EVENTS

WEDNESDAY MEDITATION: We meditate together and discuss the dharma Wednesday evenings at 7 pm.

To protect participants while we continue our weekly group practice, the Sangha meets each Wednesday evening for meditation and discussion on Zoom.

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.

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.

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. 

Weekend or Daylong Retreats with Tuere Sala, Keri Pederson and Steve Wilhelm have been scheduled.. Zoom Invitation links will be posted here.

Keri Pederson will conduct a Daylong Retreat on Zoom – August 15

In addition to her monthly Saturday Evening programs, Tuere Sala is conducting a Weekend Retreat for the Sangha on Zoom – September 11 – 13th. Zoom Invitation links will be posted here.

August 15th – An Online Day of Mindfulness with Keri Pederson

The Sangha is grateful to welcome Keri Pederson

To Port Townsend Saturday, August 15th, for a daylong retreat , a Day of Mindfulness  with group meditation, dharma study and discussion via Zoom. 

The DoM will be conducted on Zoom. Everyone is welcome. Please write us if you need technical or other assistance to attend. 

The schedule for the day will be flexible, with an hour break for lunch. The Zoom invitation will be sent to our mailing list or is available by email. Everyone is welcome to this special event. 

Keri’s theme is the Four Faces of Love

In these times of radical societal change and upheaval, how can we rely on our practice both as refuge and as the basis for an appropriate response?

In this daylong retreat, we will draw from the Buddhist teachings on the four faces of love — kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and peace.  These are said to be good dwelling places for the heart as we move through the world, but they are also healthy, helpful attitudes that inform how we act.

These four qualities (known as the Brahma Viharas) show us the possibility of what it’s like when the heart is connected but not entangled, spacious but not aloof, caring but not overcome, joyful but not giddy, open but not naive.  They show us how we might relate to ourselves and each other in a way that is of deepest benefit for ourselves and all beings.

Below is an outline of this Day of Mindfulness.

As you may have necessary home activities during the day, Keri will begin with a few suggestions on how to include various duties and tasks as part of the retreat. Before the event, you may wish to consider the structure and openness that is best for you given your circumstances at home, and then to kindly commit to that.

The Schedule:

9:00  Opening to retreat, talk, and morning sitting

10:00  Walking meditation, small group Q & A

10:30  Group sitting meditation

11:00  Walking, small group Q & A

11:30  Short sitting and mid-day reflection

12:00  Lunch/Break

1:00  Group sitting meditation

1:30  Walking, small group Q & A

2:00  Group sitting meditation

2:30  Talk and retreat closing

3:30  Retreat ends

Keri Pederson, began meditating in 1998 and has practiced with a variety of lay and monastic teachers in the US, Thailand, and India. Rodney Smith invited her to teach in 2007, and she was authorized to teach by Spirit Rock/IMS/IRC after completing their four-year Teacher Training program.  Keri also works in elder-care and lives on Vashon Island with her husband and young son.

Dana. For those wishing to make contributions to support Keri’s work, one way is through Paypal. The address is paypal.me/KeriPederson. Or email us for contact assistance.

We hope you will join us on August 15th.

August 12th – Wednesday Evening Meditation and Discussion

You are invited to join

The Port Townsend Sangha

for Meditation and Discussion

On Zoom, Wednesday,

August 12th at 7 PM.

A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent to our mailing list, or is available by writing us.

Phillip Moffitt wrote a beautifully illustrated guide to exploring the nature of mind and gaining a better understanding of experiences that arise during meditation, Awakening Through the Nine Bodies: Explorations in Consciousness for Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Practitioners, based on the teachings of Himalayan yoga master Sri Swami Balyogi Premvarni.

The Nine Bodies teachings map out a journey that starts with consciousness that arises in the physical body and is directly observable, and then travels through more subtle levels of consciousness to that which is not manifest and is only potential, and therefore has to be inferred.  These teachings are intended to provide gateways for exploring the nature of mind and for tracking and classifying meditative experiences.

This week’s sangha will provide a taste of the Nine Bodies approach through a brief talk followed by a guided meditation by Tuere Sala.  The meditation moves from the Manifest Level (Physical, Vital, and Emotional Bodies) to the Etheric Body at the Subtle Level. Moving from the Manifest to the Subtle Level is a crucial step to exploring the other five bodies.

The presentation may be heard in advance here.

August 29th – Tuere Sala Meditation and Dharma Talk

PLEASE JOIN US

FOR AN EVENING WITH

TUERE SALA

SATURDAY, August 29th

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.  

This 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 August we will focus on the First Insight. 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:

https://zoom.us/j/9340466510?pwd=QmJTSFRoMGxCMGpzWE5Ra2hXdzAwQT09

For more login details and phone numbers for audio connection only, click here.   You can download Zoom at this link:  https://zoom.us/download

Dana.  If you wish to offer dana to Tuere, you may do so via her PayPal address at paypal.me/tueresala. Or you can write to Tuere Sala c/o Seattle Insight Meditation Society, 4001 9th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105.

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.

Tuere Sala – Awakening Experiences – A Weekend Retreat

The Port Townsend Sangha

Invites you to Join Tuere Sala

For a Weekend Retreat on Zoom

September 11 – 13.

 

Introductory Talk
Friday, September 11 – 7 to 9 pm

Retreat
Saturday September 12 from 9 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday September 13, from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Seattle Insight Meditation Society Lead Teacher Tuere Sala has been meeting monthly with the Sangha, bringing joy and insightful teaching to the group.

She will join us to lead a full weekend retreat September 11 – 13 on Zoom.

Here is the link to this special event. https://zoom.us/j/9340466510?pwd=QmJTSFRoMGxCMGpzWE5Ra2hXdzAwQT09

A complete schedule of the weekend activities is found here.

About the Retreat:

Tuere Writes:
It hardly seems that any of us are able to make it through a day without being emotionally triggered. It could be a tragic or anger-inducing news story, a disagreement with family or friends (or even a stranger!), a comment or article on social media, a stressful situation at work…the list is endless. Often emotions turn our lives into a roller coaster ride of reactivity which can have the effect of turning our meditative practice into an escape clause rather than the source of our inner strength. It is possible, however, to engage our meditative practice in a more proactive way by cultivating several awakening emotions. They are considered awakening emotions because when present, they bring clarity and wisdom.

During our day together we will explore these awakening emotions, how to distinguish them from non-awakening emotions, how to cultivate them and how to recognize their impact upon our practice.

This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include meditation (with instructions), walking and reflective periods, and a Dhamma talk. Everyone is welcome.

For more login details and phone numbers for audio connection only, click here.   You can download Zoom at this link:  https://zoom.us/download

Tuere Sala is a retired prosecuting attorney who 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.

Tuere believes that 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 understand – making it accessible to everyone.

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.

On September 11, 12 and 13, Tuere Sala will conduct a weekend retreat via Zoom, starting with a Friday evening teaching and discussion, and continuing over the weekend with two full days of guided practice, instruction, and dharma study.

The event is open to all serious aspirants of any level. There is no charge for this event. Information on voluntary contributions to support the teacher’s work will be provided.

More information will be posted later this summer. Invitations will be sent to our mailing list or may be obtained by emailing us. We hope you will be able to join us for this unique experience.

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.

The next Day of Mindfulness will be held on August 15th , and led by Keri Pederson.

Keri is one of our beloved teachers. She has conducted both weekend and daylong retreats of great benefit to the Sangha.

A second 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 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.