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.

WEDNESDAY MEDITATION: The Port Townsend Sangha gathers 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 subscribe to the newsletter.

MONDAY MEDITATION:  On Mondays, meditators gather in person at 7 PM at the Friends Meetinghouse.

If you have questions, please email us.

RETREATS: The Sangha offers weekend Retreats and single Days of Mindfulness. The next will be a summer evening and daylong program offered by Tuere Sala.

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 April 17th Meditation on Zoom

Please join us on Wednesday

April 17th at 7 PM on Zoom

For meditation, discussion,

And a visit to the world of  Qigong

A link to this online gathering is here.

 

Qigong, the Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness is an ancient art that for centuries has incorporated traditional Buddhist meditation and related breathing practices with physical movement. It is considered a part of Chinese medicine.

Indian Buddhists developed their extensive system of meditation and physical cultivation similar to yoga to help the practitioner achieve enlightenment. When Buddhism was transmitted to China, some of those practices were assimilated and modified by the indigenous culture. This was the start of the Chinese Buddhist qigong tradition.

This Wednesday, after 30 minutes of meditation, we will watch and follow two presentations by practitioners of qigong, Master Mingtong Gu and teacher Lee Holden.

The first video is An Explanation of Qi Gong by Master Gu. It may be previewed here. This will be followed by a 20 minute practice session led by Qigong teacher Lee Holden. It may be previewed here.

We hope you can join us.

Master Gu was named Qigong Master of the Year by the 13th World Congress on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Master Mingtong Gu strives to harness energy in order to accelerate personal and global healing. He is a sought-after healer, practitioner, and teacher.

As a child growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution, Master Gu endured hunger, poverty, and a long separation from his birth family. He became the first from his village to attend college, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics followed by two master’s degrees, including an MFA from Ohio State University.

He created the Qigong for Life Mastery Online series—a collection of courses which translate the ancient teachings of Qigong for contemporary times—and is the founder of The Chi Center and the Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

His teaching emphasizes activating the power of inner self-healing, and facilitating the release of chronic illness while improving health and well-being.

Lee Holden is a well known Qigong expert and instructor, bringing this ancient practice to the Western world. Lee’s personal Qigong journey began after suffering an injury when playing soccer for the University of California. Conventional treatments failed him, while Qigong accelerated him towards a full and rapid recovery.

This experience sparked Lee’s lifelong passion for Qigong: which led to decades of study with various institutions and masters – including Grand Master Mantak Chia, one of the world’s foremost experts.

Today, Lee is a qualified doctor in Chinese medicine, and a household name on US and Canadian television. His books, classes, and workshops are popular around the world.

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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 Friends Meeting House is 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).

People 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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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 July 19th and 20th at the Friends Meeting House.

Invitations and information will be sent to our mailing list. 

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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