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 here 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.

April 21st Group Meditation and Discussion

On Wednesday,

April 21st at 7 PM

Join the PT Sangha 

For Meditation and a Talk

On Tonglen Practice

By Pema Chödrön

The sangha gathers weekly on Zoom. Everyone is Welcome! A link to the Zoom meeting is sent to our mailing list, or is available by writing us.

You are invited to join the Port Townsend Sangha members and friends for a most interesting evening planned for Wednesday, April 21st, at 7 pm on Zoom – featuring a dharma talk, guided meditation, silent meditation and a discussion….and announcements.

The subject will be Tonglen practice as described by Pema Chödrön. An introduction by Pema is found in this short article – How to Practice Tonglen.

After our opening chant at 7 pm, there will be a short introduction to Tonglen practice, followed by a guided Tonglen meditation by Pema and a period of silent meditation.

Then we will listen to a selection from How to Turn Pain into Compassion with Tonglen Meditation by Pema. It will be followed by a general discussion and announcements. We have heard other parts of this talk before, and participants found them of value. The entire talk is found at the link above.  We hope you will join us this week at 7 PM.

Pema Chödrön is an American Tibetan Buddhist. She is an ordained nun, former acharya of Shambhala Buddhism and disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Chödrön has written several dozen books and audiobooks, and is principal teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia.

April 24th – Tuere Sala – Meditation and Dharma Study

Please Join Tuere Sala

And the Port Townsend Sangha

Saturday, April 24th at 7 PM

For Meditation and

Monthly Dharma Study

All Are Welcome. Tuere Sala, Guiding Teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation Society will join us for her monthly evening of meditation and Dharma discussion.  

We will discuss the Four Noble Truths and refer to 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. 

A link to the Zoom meeting is sent to our mailing list, and is available along with technical support by writing us

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.

A Mindful Evening With Steve Wilhelm – May 15th

The Port Townsend Sangha

Invites You to Join us

7 PM – Saturday May 15th

For a Mindful Evening

With Steve Wilhelm

This meditation event will be conducted on Zoom. The link will be sent to our mailing list or you can get the link by writing to ptsangha@gmail.com. The program will begin at 7 pm and last until about 9 pm.

We are pleased to welcome back Steve Wilhelm, SIMS teacher and ongoing contributor to the Sangha’s teaching programs. Steve will be offering a meditation class discussed below later this summer, and is joining us for a couple of hours on Saturday, May 15th for meditation and a dharma discussion.

He will lead us in meditation and then discuss: Mindfulness of Breathing; the 16-step practice the Buddha utilized when on retreat.

It should be an uplifting session. Everyone is warmly invited. More information on Steve is found below.

Summer Meditation Class – June 28th to August 14th

A Summer Meditation Class

In Vipassana Practice

Appropriate for Beginners

And for Experienced Meditators

Including Six Teaching Sessions

And A Day of Mindfulness


Dates: Mondays – June 28th to August 9th,

And a Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, 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.

Everyone is welcome and warmly invited. The class offers initial instruction for beginners and a refresher for the more experienced. If you have a question about the class, or wish to communicate with Steve about the class,  write him at stevellen95@comcast.net.

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.


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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