The Port Townsend Sangha 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.
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 also sponsor non-residential weekend and one-day retreats, conduct charitable activities, maintain a library, and offer information on meditation,
For more information on Sangha activities, join us any Wednesday evening or subscribe to our email list. If you have questions, please send us an email.
Wednesday, February 20, we’ll gather at the Friends Meeting House at Sheridan and 19th Streets for meditation followed by tea and a discussion. Meditation starts at 7 pm and our discussion starts at 8 pm.
We will hear part of a talk by Tuere Sala. Tuere will be leading a weekend retreat in Port Townsend April 5th – 7th. A registration form is found here.
The talk for this Wednesday introduces the Five Faculties, elements that help cultivate mindful practice. A link to the entire lecture is found here. We hope you can attend.
Last week, the Sangha completed making its winter donations to local organizations that are working to reduce suffering among vulnerable local populations. More information is found here and here.
The next Day of Mindfulness will be held on March 9 at the Friends Meeting House in Port Townsend.
After two illuminating sessions on the topics of Evil and Anger, we will shift our focus to Heart Wisdom. Loving-kindness, compassion, harmonious actions. A day of gentler, kinder lessons. Join us and explore.
Teachings that will guide us through our day of silent sitting and walking meditation will be introduced by Jack Kornfield.
Schedule and Location for March 9th
Arrive and get settled: 9:00 to 9:30 am
Program ends at 4:00 pm
Location is the Quaker Meetinghouse
at 19th and Sheridan in Port Townsend
There is a suggested donation of $10 to cover the cost of the rent. However, everyone is welcome without regard to a financial contribution. To register, please use the form found here, or contact Linda Smith here. Details for the day will be emailed to those attending. Please contact us if you have additional questions.
Join us April 5 – 7, 2019
Free Friday talk: 7 PM April 5th
Saturday and Sunday: 9 AM – 5 PM ($30)
At Port Townsend Yacht Club
2503 Washington Street
A Journey Inward – Exploring the Five Faculties
This journey towards inward awakening asks more of us than force of will. It is a gradual unfolding of understanding and equanimity.The engine behind this gradual unfolding are the five faculties. The five faculties are faith (or conviction), energy, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom. Together they gradually turn the wheel of dharma.Faith/conviction strengthens energy; energy strengthens mindfulness; mindfulness strengthens concentration and concentration strengthens wisdom and vice versa.
These five faculties are natural activities of mind that move us along the path. This weekend retreat will focus on learning how to cultivate these faculties and recognize their impact upon our practice.
Tuere Sala teaches at the Seattle Insight Meditation Society. Her last Port Townsend retreat was an inspiring experience. More information on Tuere is available at this address.
Registration forms are found here, and more information is available at this address. We hope you will join us, either for the free Friday talk or for the entire weekend.
The Port Townsend Sangha conducts non-residential weekend retreats twice each year with a visiting teacher. Information on Sangha’s Retreat Program is found here.
Our next Weekend Retreat will be with Seattle Insight Meditation Society teacher Tuere Sala, and is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and April 7.
There will also be a free introductory presentation by Tuere on the prior Friday night, April 5. The location will be the Port Townsend Yacht Club. More information will be posted before the event. If you have questions, please email us here.
Port Townsend’s Day of Mindfulness program conducts one-day retreats on the second Saturday of most months.
Please see the “Monthly Days of Mindfulness” page for further information on these Saturday sits.
You can sign up to attend a Day of Mindfulness one-day retreat there.
If you would like additional information, feel free contact the program by email.
There are other current opportunities for Vipassana and Dharma Study and Meditation in or around Port Townsend.
Below are some suggestions and additional links.
Dana is charitable giving. Every year, members of the Port Townsend Sangha and allied groups contribute time and funds to support services for the most vulnerable members of our community.
This year, a week was spent buying and preparing food for Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter. A report on the meal program is found here.
Additional donations were made to area food and shelter programs and to groups providing services to persons with disabilities. A breakdown of these donations is found here. If you wish more information or want to participate, please contact us here.
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.
To learn more about how the library works, visit our Lending Library page.
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.