Welcome to the Sangha

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 Meditation April 25th

Wednesday April 25th, the Sangha will meet at the Friends Meeting House at Sheridan and 19th Streets. We will begin with 45 minutes of  meditation starting at 7 pm.

Then after a 15 minute break for tea and fellowship, there will be an hour-long discussion of the dharma starting at 8 pm.

We will hear portions of a talk by Tuere Sala on the nature and application of Resolve (Adhitthana in Pali), and discuss its relation to our practice.

If you would like to hear the entire talk, it is found here.  We hope you will join us.

About Our April Retreat in Port Townsend

The Port Townsend Sangha held the first of our two weekend retreats on April 5th – 7th. Tuere Sala, a Vipassana teacher from the Seattle Insight Meditation Society, gave a lecture on Friday night, and then led two full-day sessions over the weekend, with 38 people from Port Townsend, Sequim, Bainbridge, and other communities.

The program focused on cultivating the inherent capacities that promote meditation; and the  attendees left in a peaceful state, yet full of energy. Thank you, Tuere, for a valuable experience. And thank you to the members of the Sangha who volunteer to make all arrangements and ensure that the program will continue. 

Our next retreat will be with Keri Pederson in October, and will be announced on this website and by email to registered members of the Sangha. If you wish to join our mailing list, use the Subscribe link at the top of the page, or drop us a line at ptsangha@gmail.com.

Annual Sangha Picnic Planned for July 31st

Port Townsend Sangha Picnic
Please join us July 31st.

The Annual Sangha Picnic will be held at Fort Worden by the Beach Wednesday July 31st.

We will gather at the Fort Worden Kitchen Shelter from 5 pm to 8 pm for dinner, and enjoy the early evening together. The Kitchen Shelter is a short distance north of the pier that holds the Marine Science Center. We will publish more directions as the day approaches.

This is our annual chance to visit, meet friends and make new ones. Watch the tide come in. See who comes to Retreats, Dharma Talks and Days of Mindfulness. Enjoy some fun with us in mid summer. We hope you can attend. More information will be posted as the weeks pass.

Port Townsend Sangha’s Nonresidential Weekend Retreats

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 Keri Pederson, and is scheduled for the weekend of October 5-6, 2019.

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.

Day of Mindfulness Program

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.

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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Service and Dana

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.

Sangha Lending Library

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.

Use This Link To: Search Our Library Collection Online

To learn more about how the library works, visit our Lending Library page.

Our Calendar

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.