Welcome to the Sangha

The Port Townsend Sangha meets 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 one-day and weekend retreats, conduct charitable activities, 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 November 14th Meditation and Discussion

You are invited to attend the Port Townsend Sangha on Wednesday November 14th, for 45 minutes of meditation, followed by tea and a discussion. 

Meditation begins at 7 PM at the Friends Meeting House at Sheridan and 19th.

As part of our discussion, we will hear a talk by Jon Katat-Zinn, 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 including Philip KapleauThich Nhat Hanh and Seung Sahn 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.

The recorded talk: Mindfulness: Nine Attitudes is found here.

We hope you can join us. If you have questions, please email us here.

Port Townsend Sangha 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.

Days of Mindfulness Program

Days of Mindfulness (one-day retreats) take place in Port Townsend on the second Saturday of each month.

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 retreats here.

If you would like additional information, please contact us by email.

More Opportunities for Dharma Study and Meditation

There are other current opportunities for Dharma Study and Meditation in or around Port Townsend.

Below are some suggestions and additional links.

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Sangha Lending Library

The PT Sangha Library shares space with the Quaker Library at the Friends Meetinghouse. It is open on Wednesday evenings and retreat weekends.

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.