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 – October 16th

On Wednesday, October 16th, the Port Townsend Sangha will meet for meditation, tea and a discussion from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Friends Meeting House at the corner of Sheridan and 19th.

After 45 minutes of meditation and a tea break, we will listen to a Dharma talk. What happens when we close our eyes and begin to focus on our breathing in and breathing out?  How do we practice skillfully and deepen awareness when our mind jumps all over the place?  We will listen to a few of the recent “Practice Notes” from Audio Dharma and share our own thoughts and feelings about watching, mentally noting, sustaining attention, drifting and beginning again.

We hope you can join us Wednesday.

A Teacher-Led Day of Mindfulness on November 9th

Port Townsend Sangha’s

November Day of Mindfulness

On Saturday, November 9th, from 9 am to 5 pm, the Port Townsend Sangha will offer a Day of Mindfulness with a respected visiting teacher who has provided inspiration in the past, and is returning for a day to conduct this one-day retreat.

New and experienced meditators are welcome. The retreat is based in the Vipassana tradition, and consists of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks and a break for a shared lunch. The practical application of the Buddha’s teaching will be discussed in a manner that is warm-hearted, clear and immediate.

The Day of Mindfulness (DoM) will be held at the Friends Meeting House at the corner of Sheridan and 19th Streets in Port Townsend. A registration form is here.

We will practice silence during the retreat. For a shared lunch, please bring a potluck item. If you mark your offering, it will help vegetarians and those with special diets know what to select. Tea will be provided.

If you like to sit on a cushion, please bring one. There will be a few available, and chairs will also be provided for your use.

To help pay for the space and teacher travel, there is a $20 suggested contribution. However, all are welcome regardless of ability to contribute. A separate dana basket will be provided for the teacher.

We look forward to seeing you! If you are not on the Sangha mailing list, and wish more information about the event, please contact us here.

Port Townsend Sangha’s Day of Mindfulness Program

Days of Mindfulness (DoMs) are one-day retreats  offered by the Port Townsend Sangha. They are usually held on the second Saturday of the month and are led by visiting teachers when available. Our next DoM will be November 9th, and will be open for registration shortly.

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 twice each year with a visiting teacher. Information on 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 and allied groups contribute time and funds to support services for the most vulnerable members of our community.

This year, a  week was spent buying and preparing food for Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter. A report on the meal program is found here.

Additional donations were made to area food and shelter programs and to groups providing services to persons with disabilities. A breakdown of these donations is found here. If you wish more information or want to participate, 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.