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 22 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 ON THURSDAYS: Beginning June 6th, the Sangha will meet weekly during the summer and early fall, 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. Register 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, May 29th Meditation on Zoom

Please Join us for Meditation

A Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh,

And an Open Discussion,

Wednesday, May 29th at 7 PM

On Zoom.

 

Here is the link to this online gathering

After thirty minutes of meditation, we will watch a lecture by Thich Nhat Hanh entitled Healing is Possible at Every Moment. It may be previewed here.

Our host writes: “This 2013 video presents Thai talking to people visiting Plum Village to begin a week of meditation – telling them how to embrace and transform suffering they might face and how to incorporate joy and happiness in one’s daily life.”

The first section of the talk is “How to Recognize and Embrace Suffering”, followed by sections entitled: “Moments of Happiness, Art of Happiness, Stop Nonstop Thinking, and Walking Meditation.”

It promises to be a fruitful meeting. We hope you can attend.

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: was a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, renowned for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He continues to be an inspiration to Buddhists world-wide.

A gentle, humble monk, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called him “an Apostle of peace and nonviolence” when nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Exiled from his native Vietnam for almost four decades, Thich Nhat Hanh was a pioneer, bringing Buddhism and mindfulness to the West, and establishing an engaged Buddhist community for the 21st Century.

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Starting Thursday June 6th – Meditation at Chetzemoka Park

Chetzemoka Park entrance

Starting June 6th,

Please join us Thursdays

At 6:30 PM for Meditation

In Chetzemoka Park 

 

Beginning Thursday, June 6th, the Port Townsend Sangha will meet weekly during the summer and early fall, each Thursday at 6:30 PM in Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend.

We will gather 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 a chair or cushion.

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, June 5th Meditation on Zoom

Please join us on Wednesday,

June 5th at 7 PM on Zoom,

For Meditation and a talk

By David Loy,

Followed by a Discussion.

 

Here is the link to this online gathering

After 30 minutes of meditation, we will listen to a talk by David Loy about the three poisons, often defined as greed, hatred and delusion.  In this wide-ranging talk, David draws on the wisdom of Buddhism as well as other spiritual and philosophical traditions to talk about the 3 poisons, a Buddhist teaching he considers profound.  The talk may be previewed here.

David Robert Loy is a retired professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, a writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism.  He is a prolific author, and his articles appear regularly in the pages of major journals such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, Lion’s Roar, and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals.

David lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity and what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues.  His latest book, published in 2019, is  Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis”.

He is one of the founding members of the new Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, near Boulder, Colorado. More information about David Loy can be found at https://www.davidloy.org

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July 19th and 20th Tuere Sala Lecture and Retreat

          

Tuere Sala

July 19th and 20th

Evening Lecture and Daylong Retreat

We are pleased to announce that Tuere Sala will return to Port Townsend this July to offer an evening lecture and a day long meditation retreat.

Both events will be at the Friends Meeting House in Port Townsend. The evening lecture will be Friday, 19th at 7 PM; and the Daylong Retreat will begin at 9 AM on Saturday. More information will be posted here and sent to our mailing list.

A Guiding Teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation Society, Tuere has been one of the Sangha’s most influential teachers for several years. Prior to 2020, she made regular visits to the Port Townsend Sangha – to share the Dharma in weekend retreats, to teach the practice mindfulness and to offer guidance in insight meditation (vipassana).

Periodically since 2020, Tuere donated her time to the Sangha in a series of Zoom-based teaching events.

We are happy to announce her return in person, and invite you to attend.

Here is the pre-registration link. Please use this link to reserve your space in the hall.

You may also register by emailing us at ptsangha@gmail.com.

Tuere has practiced vipassana meditation for over 25 years. An active member and volunteer at Seattle Insight since 2001,  she was appointed to be a Local Dharma Leader in 2009.

Tuere 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 easy to follow and to understand – making it accessible to everyone.

We expect this to be an outstanding event and hope you will register and attend this gathering with us.

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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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