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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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: Guest Teachers present Saturday Meditation Programs that are announced her and by email. Tuere Sala is offering a continuing monthly program for those seeking sequential training to develop insight and right action. Tuere is the guiding teacher at SIMS (Seattle Insight Meditation Society). Details of Tuere’s program are below. 

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

SUMMER MEDITATION CLASS (NEW): SIMS Teacher Steve Wilhelm will offer a six session meditation class this summer. It is discussed below.

March 3rd Wednesday Meditation and Discussion

You are Kindly Invited

To Join Us Wednesday,

March 3rd, at 7 PM

For Meditation, Discussion

And a Dharma Presentation.

The sangha gathers weekly on Zoom. Everyone is Welcome! 

link to the Zoom meeting is sent to our mailing list, or is available by writing us

After 30 minutes of meditation, we will hear and discuss an interview with Loch Kelly of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute – an author, meditation teacher, and psychotherapist.

Loch’s approach is based on early non-dual wisdom traditions, modern science, and psychotherapy. He studied extensively with Mingyur Rinpoche.

If you would like to listen to the interview in advance, it may be found here.

A biography of Loch Kelly is here.

March 13th – An Evening with Heather Martin






Join us as we welcome Heather Martin on Saturday, March 13th, 

We will gather on Zoom at 7 p.m.

An invitation link will be sent to all on our mailing list or email us for the address.

The Port Townsend Sangha is pleased to host Heather Martin for an evening of dharma teaching, meditation and an active discussion.

Heather will offer reflections on “Being in Nature as enlivening Spiritual Consciousness and the Sense of the Sacred;” writing, “This whole arena is very precious to me, and quite relevant in these limited Covid times and in this beautiful spring season.” We expect a dynamic and rewarding evening, and hope you will join 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. More on Heather Martin.

March 27th – Tuere Sala Meditation and Dharma Discussion




FROM 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.

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:


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.

Summer Meditation Class – June 28th to August 14th

A Special Offering

For Beginning Meditators

A Summer Meditation Class

In Vipassana Practice

With Six Teaching Sessions

And A Day of Mindfulness

Dates: June 28th to August 9th, plus a Day of Mindfulness on August 14th.

Times: 7 pm to 9 pm for the classes, and 9 am to 5 pm for the Day of Mindfulness.

LINK TO REGISTRATION FORM  Zoom meeting links will be emailed to registrants.

Seattle Insight Meditation Teacher Steve Wilhelm is offering a six-week meditation class for members and friends of the Port Townsend Sangha. The class will be conducted on Zoom, and registration is required.

Everyone is welcome and warmly invited. The class offers initial instruction for beginners and a refresher for the more experienced.

Steve writes: Insight meditation, also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation, comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity. This balanced awareness, grounded in the present moment, leads to peace and growing understanding of the nature of things. Out of this seeing emerges wisdom and compassion.

Insight meditation is a moment-by-moment investigation of the mind and body process. Our experience is explored from a balanced and spacious awareness that allows the heart to flower in love. During these six weeks there will be meditation instructions, talks about the philosophy of the practice, at home exercises, and plenty of time for discussion and questions.

To attend, please use this registration form. Thank you.

Registration includes the six evening sessions and attendance at a day of mindfulness on Saturday, Aug. 14. Registrations will be accepted until July 5th, but early registration is suggested.

If you have a question about the class, or wish to communicate with Steve about the class,  write him at stevellen95@comcast.net.


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.

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.

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

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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