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.

More information is hereTo keep up to date, subscribe to our email list. Or if you have questions, please email us.

OUR CURRENT PROGRAM

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 PROGRAMS: Guest Teachers present Saturday Meditation Programs announced here and by email. 

RETREAT PROGRAM: The Sangha will offer a Summer Retreat with Tuere Sala. Details are found below. We hope you can attend.

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October 20th – Meditation and Discussion

You are invited to join us

Wednesday, October 20th

At 7 pm on Zoom,

For Meditation, Discussion

And a talk by Jack Kornfield


The peer-led Port Townsend Sangha meets weekly for 30 minutes of meditation and a dharma talk – currently on Zoom.
For a link to the weekly meeting, sign up to our mailing list or send an email request.

This week, after meditation we will a Jack Kornfield talk called No Self/True Self. The two parts combined are found here. 

No Self/True Self is an unusual talk if we are familiar with Jack Kornfield’s current dharma talks.  He gave it some 30 years ago during a retreat.  In the first half, played last week, he goes into “the jewel of the Buddha’s awakening” – the development of selflessness and how it comes about.  He shares some of his experiences of no self and then goes into describing how “the true self” comes about.  Jack describes three stages of his experience – coming to know selflessness with his mind for 10 years, awakening to love and feeling with his heart for 10 years, and finally, coming to “inhabit” or embody his discoveries so that he could live them in the day-to-day world.

THIS WEEK, in the second half of No Self/True Self, Jack tells of further developing both our sense of no self and our coming to know better our true self.  He distinguishes no self from having a negative self-image.  When we find our true self, we become aware that we are connected to everything.  As we continue our practice, we heal the split between knowing no self and knowing our true self.  And this brings us to the experience of great compassion.  The talk ends with the encouraging reassurance that to have these wonderful realizations, “all you have to do is just be here for it.”

Jack Kornfield is a Buddhist practitioner, having trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma. He co-founded the Insight Meditation Center with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, and the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. 
He has focused on combining loving kindness and self compassion with the practice of mindfulness, and integrating the wisdom of Eastern and Western psychology.
He is married and has one daughter. 
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October 27th – Meditation, Discussion and A Dharma Talk

Please Join Us Wednesday,

October 27th at 7 PM on Zoom,

For a Half Hour of Meditation,

Discussion and a Dharma Talk

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The peer-led Port Townsend Sangha meets weekly for 30 minutes of meditation and a dharma talk. For a link to the weekly meeting, sign up to our mailing list or send an email request.

After 30 minutes of meditation, we will hear a talk by Joh Kabat-Zinn and discuss the talk together.

In his book, Full Catastrophe Living, he describes the seven attitudinal factors that constitute the major pillars of mindfulness practice as it is taught in the stress clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

They are: non-judging, patience, a beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance and letting go. In this talk, he describes each in very comprehensible terms. It may be previewed here.

Jon Kabat-Zinn (born Jon Kabat, June 5, 1944) is an American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of ZenBuddhist teachers such as Philip KapleauThich Nhat Hanh[1] and Seung Sahn[2] and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with scientific findings. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations, and is described in his book Full Catastrophe Living.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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