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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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 PROGRAMS: Guest Teachers present Saturday Meditation Programs announced here and by email. 

RETREAT PROGRAM: The Sangha will offer a Summer Retreat with Tuere Sala. Details are found below. We hope you can attend.

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Annual Giving – A Volunteer is Needed Now

 

For Many Years,

The Sangha and the Quakers

Have shared a week,

Coordinating meals

For the Winter Shelter,

At the American Legion Hall.

This upcoming opportunity will be the first week in February, 2022, starting on Monday, January 31.

Viki, the Sangha’s previous Winter Shelter coordinator, is stepping down from this role. A new volunteer is needed. Training and volunteer support are available.

If you can volunteer for this role or be part of the “meal preparation team” please contact the Sangha at ptsangha@gmail.com.

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November 27th Tuere Sala’s Final Talk on the Four Noble Truths

Join Us November 27th          

At 7 PM On Zoom                       

For Tuere Sala’s Final Lecture

On the Four Noble Truths

At 7 pm on Zoom, Tuere Sala will give a talk and lead a discussion to conclude her series for the Port Townsend Sangha on the Four Noble Truths. Everyone is invited.

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Our discussion will focus on 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, but you may find it useful for our discussion and your practice.

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December 1st – Meditation, Discussion and A Dharma Talk

Please Join Us Wednesday,

December First, 7 PM on Zoom,

For a Half Hour of Meditation,

Discussion and a Dharma Talk

By Jon Kabat-Zinn

The peer-led Port Townsend Sangha meets weekly for 30 minutes of meditation and a dharma talk. For a link to the weekly meeting, sign up to our mailing list or send an email request.

After 30 minutes of meditation, we will hear a talk by Joh Kabat-Zinn and discuss the talk together.

In his book, Full Catastrophe Living, he describes the seven attitudinal factors that constitute the major pillars of mindfulness practice as it is taught in the stress clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

They are: non-judging, patience, a beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance and letting go. In this talk, he describes each in very comprehensible terms. It may be previewed here.

Jon Kabat-Zinn (born Jon Kabat, June 5, 1944) is an American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of ZenBuddhist teachers such as Philip KapleauThich Nhat Hanh[1] and Seung Sahn[2] and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with scientific findings. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations, and is described in his book Full Catastrophe Living.

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December 8th – Meditation and Discussion


You are Invited to Join Us

For Meditation and a Dharma Talk,

December 8th at 7 pm on Zoom.

The Talk is from Plum Village,

Followed by an Open Discussion 

All are Welcome: The peer-led Port Townsend Sangha meets weekly for 30 minutes of meditation and a dharma talk – currently on Zoom. For a link to the weekly meeting, sign up to our mailing list or write us

 

This week after our 30 minutes of meditation, we will hear a talk by Brother Phap Lai of Plum Village. The presentation is called Touching Happiness and Peace. It is the first of a series of talks given at the Nourishing Happiness Retreat (UK) in 2017. A discussion and announcement will follow.

We hope you can attend. If you would like to preview the talk, it is found here.

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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 2021, the sangha provided volunteer and financial support for Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter. This work is conducted in cooperation with the Port Townsend Friends Meeting (Quakers) to help feed the most vulnerable members of the community during the winter months.

The sangha’s charitable activities support 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Learn more about how the library works at the the Lending Library.

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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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