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 March 27th

Wednesday, March 27th, 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 the discussion starts at 8 pm.

Our discussion will include a recorded talk by Richard Shankman that may be found here. We hope you will join us this week.

April 5th – 7th Weekend Retreat with Tuere Sala

A Weekend Retreat
Join us for a Journey Inward
April 5th – 7th, 2019


Free Friday Talk at 7 PM April 5th
Saturday and Sunday Retreat from 9 AM – 5 PM ($30)

Location:  Port Townsend Yacht Club
2503 Washington Street

Register Here

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, inherent 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 addressRegistration forms are found here, and more information is available here. We hope you will join us, either for the free Friday talk or for each day of the weekend.


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 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.

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.