Welcome to the Sangha

The Port Townsend Sangha normally 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.

To protect participants while continuing our group practice, the sangha is meeting weekly for meditation and discussion on Zoom. Information on next week’s program and upcoming guest teachers is below.

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 sponsor non-residential weekend and one-day retreats, conduct charitable activities, maintain a library, and offer information on meditation,

To keep up to date, Subscribe to our email list. Or if you have questions, please send us an email.

July 15th – Wednesday Meditation and Discussion

The Port Townsend Sangha invites you to join us on Zoom for meditation and discussion on Wednesday, July 15th at 7 PM.

An invitation link will be sent to everyone on the Sangha mailing list or you can request one from ptangha@gmail.com.

We start with 30 minutes of meditation.  After silent meditation, we listen and discuss a dharma talk chosen for the week.

For a link to the meeting and technical support, write us.

July 11th – Meditation and Discussion with Heather Martin

Heather Martin





The Sangha is happy to welcome back Heather Martin, guiding teacher for the Salt Spring Insight Meditation Community, to lead our meditation and discussion program on July 11th at 7 pm.

We will meet together online, using Zoom meeting software.

An invitation will go out to our mailing lists, and is available along with technical support by writing to us.

Heather Martin

Heather is one of the Sangha’s beloved teachers who has provided inspiration for many years. She has been meditating for over 50 years in various traditions.  Theravada has been her main practice since 1981 when she trained in the style of SN Goenka for 8 years. 

We hope you can attend.

July 18th – Meditation and Dharma Talk with Tuere Sala on Zoom





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.  

Starting in July we will be 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.  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:


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

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

Tuere 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.

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. We have had to suspend in-person retreats, but the program goes on!

On September 11, 12 and 13, Tuere Sala will conduct a full weekend retreat  via Zoom.

Tuere has joined us for a couple of hours each month for meditation and dharma discussion, and the extended September retreat promises to be especially rewarding.

The event is open to all serious aspirants. More information will be provided later this summer. 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), the one-day retreats that have been offered for many years by the Port Townsend Sangha, are currently suspended, but will resume when in-person meetings are appropriate.

Meanwhile, the Sangha is conducting Saturday evening Teacher-Led Meditation Sessions and Dharma Talks on Saturday evenings when teachers are available.

These will be announced on this page, and notices are sent by email to all on our mailing list. More information on the currently suspended monthly DoM program 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.

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.

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 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.