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 January 29th Meditation and a Meeting

Wednesday January 29th, the  Sangha will meet at 7 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House at 19th and Sheridan for 45 minutes of meditation, followed by a break for tea, and then a facilitated discussion. This week, we will conduct an annual meeting after meditation and tea. Subjects to be discussed include:

• How has the Sangha supported you in your practice?

• What is working well?

• What ideas can you suggest to strengthen our sangha?

• Volunteer tasks and  commitments.

We hope you will join us.

Winter Shelter Food Volunteers – January 31st to February 2nd

As part of the Sangha’s annual program of giving, members will prepare food for the Port Townsend Winter Shelter for three days from January 31st to February 2nd.

Volunteering a few hours is a pleasant and rewarding experience, and provides significant benefit to those in our community that are in need.

If you would be willing to help out, please write us at ptsangha@gmail.com. Thank you.

Port Townsend Sangha’s Day of Mindfulness Program

Days of Mindfulness (DoMs) are one-day retreats  offered by the Port Townsend Sangha. They are led by visiting teachers when available.

When visiting teachers are not available, an experienced Sangha volunteer presents recorded material along, leads the periods of sitting and walking meditation.

Apart from the teachings and presentations themselves, or during periods of guided meditation or discussion periods, silence is maintained during the daylong retreat to strengthen and stabilize the group energy.

In addition to the January DoM with registration form above, one day retreats are planned for May and July with two of our most popular visiting teachers.

DoMs will all be announced on this page, and notices are also sent by email to our mailing list.

More information on the monthly DoM program is 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.

Our next Weekend Retreat will be with Seattle Insight Meditation Society teacher Tuere Sala, and is scheduled for the weekend of April 3, 4 and 5, 2020. Registration is now open, and you can register here.

The location will be the Port Townsend Yacht Club.  If you have questions, or have difficulty with the form please email us here for information or to register.


The 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.

Search Our Library Collection Online

To see a list of all books in our library, click here.

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

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 contribute time and funds to support services for the most vulnerable members of our community.

Our goal is to provide support for nonprofit entities that work to reduce identified suffering in our area.

This year, a team of volunteers will buy and prepare food for Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter. Through the generosity of those attending Wednesday meditation, Sangha retreats and Days of Mindfulness, we were also able to make cash donations this year. A list of recipients is here.

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.