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 PROGRAM: 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. Her next evening with us is Saturday, December 26th.

RETREAT PROGRAM: The Sangha offers occasional Daylong and Weekend Retreats on Zoom, allowing us to join together in fellowship and practice together, while safe at home. These will also be announced below and by email to those on the mailing list.

NEEDED NOW – Cookies – Eggs – A few Hours Time

The Sangha’s annual Winter Shelter program is underway.

We will be preparing a meal for the Shelter on FEBRUARY SECOND.

TWO TO THREE VOLUNTEERS  are badly needed for a few hours, from 2 PM to 5 PM.

FOOD CONTRIBUTIONS LISTED BELOW ARE ALSO NEEDED

Please email Viki at vikis@ecopraxis.org if you are willing to volunteer or make a food contribution.

Our 2 – 3 Sangha volunteers, preferably already in contact, will prepare the meal at an approved commercial church kitchen. Shelter staff will pick up the meals and serve them.

Time required is 2 – 3 hours – from 2 PM to 5 PM.

In addition to the meals prepared at the church we are looking for people to contribute any of the following:

Desserts for 25 people:  Cookies, cakes, etc.
Baked goods:  Loaves of bread, dinner rolls
Eggs: Devilled eggs or hard boiled eggs
Some salads:  Fruit salad, grain salad, pasta salad — but no leafy greens

Please email Viki your planned contribution or questions. More instructions forthcoming closer to the date. Thank you for your dana and help to reduce suffering in our community.

More information on our program of charitable activities is below.

An Evening of Mindfulness with Keri Pederson – January 16th

The Port Townsend Sangha

Is Pleased to Welcome

Keri Pederson

For a Saturday Evening

Of Meditation and Discussion 

Date:    Saturday, January 16, 2021
Time:    7 – 9 pm

Keri will lead us in meditation, engage the group in a dharma discussion, and conduct a Refuge Ceremony to offer “a tangible reminder of our connectedness and intentions in this new year”. For the ceremony, bring a thin and pleasing piece of string about 12 inches long, a red one if you can find it, and enjoy a simple, shared experience.

The event will be on Zoom. The meeting link will be sent to our meeting list or may be obtained by writing to ptsangha@gmail.com with your complete contact information.

Her discussion topic will be Refuges and Aspirations.

Keri invites us to “Take the opportunity of the New Year to reflect on the gestures of taking refuge, remembering our aspirations, and incline the mind in directions that are helpful.”

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.

DanaFor those wishing to make contributions to support Keri’s work, one way is through Paypal. The address is paypal.me/KeriPederson.

We hope you will join us on January 16th.

Wednesday Meditation and Discussion – January 20th

On Wednesday, January 20th,

The Port Townsend Sangha

Invites You to Join Us

For Meditation, a Dharma Talk

And an Open Discussion.

 

Time:               7 P.M.
Date:               Wednesday, January 20th

An invitation link to the event on Zoom will be sent to all on our mailing list, or may be obtained by emailing us.

More information on the dharma talk and discussion topics will follow shortly.

January 23rd – Tuere Sala Meditation and Dharma Talk

PLEASE JOIN US

FOR AN EVENING WITH

TUERE SALA

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23rd

7 PM to 9 PM

(NOTE: DATE HAS CHANGED)

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.  

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.  The book is not required for participating, but you may find it useful for our discussion and your practice. Email us for more information.

You can join the Zoom meeting JUST BEFORE 7 P.M. 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. Those wishing to offer dana to support Tuere’s work may do so here.

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

 

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.

For many years, this has included volunteer and financial support for Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter. We will continue this effort in 2021.  

The program, conducted in cooperation with the Port Townsend Friends Meeting (Quakers) helps feed the most vulnerable members of the Port Townsend Community during the winter months.

More information regarding opportunities to volunteer or donate will follow shortly and be announced by email to those on our mailing list.

Our goal is to provide support for 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.

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.

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.

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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