Port Townsend Sangha

The Port Townsend Sangha has weekly meditation sits each Wednesday evening, offers introductions to meditation, and sponsors non-residential retreats. We are located in Port Townsend, WA and meet at the Friends Meeting House, a fully wheelchair-accessible site.

While our focus is on vipassana, or insight meditation, we welcome anyone who wishes to sit with us in silent meditation and is interested in the dharma.

Save the Date: All Sangha Annual Picnic, August 30, 2017

Instead of our usual meditation at the Quaker House, we will gather at Fort Worden’s Kitchen Shelter from 5:30 to 8:00 PM for a picnic, walking meditation on the beach, and the chance to relax and enjoy the summer weather. Details to follow, but mark your calendars now!

Heather Martin retreat: September 2-3, 2017

Heather Martin will be in Port Townsend to lead a two-day non-residential retreat on the weekend of September 2 and 3, 2017.

She will also offer a teaching on Friday evening, September 1st at 7 PM, with an introduction to Buddhist meditation.  New and experienced meditators are welcome.

The retreat and the Friday lecture will be held at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street in Port Townsend.

Heather has been leading retreats in Port Townsend for many years, and we are always pleased to have her here. She emphasizes the practical application of the Buddha’s teachings in a manner that is warm-hearted, clear and immediate.  She is the guiding teacher for Salt Spring Island Vipassana Community, where she has lived for over 30 years. Continue reading

November 11th Day of Mindfulness with Tim Geil

The Port Townsend Sangha warmly welcomes Seattle Insight Meditation Society’s co-leader Tim Geil to facilitate our November Day of Mindfulness on Saturday, November 11th.

The topic for the retreat is ‘Releasing Resistance to This Moment’:

Much if not all of Dharma practice revolves around our resistance to this moment. Through mindfulness and meditative inquiry, we see directly both the cause of suffering, and its release. In doing so, we encounter patterns of identification and reactivity within our bodies, our emotions, and our thoughts. From the heart of compassion and wisdom, we invite a deep understanding of the nature of this resistance and its fundamental release. The day will flow through sitting and walking meditation periods, dharma talks, dyads, and dialogue. Continue reading

2017 Days of Mindfulness Program

Days of Mindfulness (day-long retreats) take place on the second Saturday of the month, except during the months of weekend retreats. A weekend retreat is coming up in September and announced above.

Please see our “Monthly Days of Mindfulness” page for further information on our Saturday Sits and a complete 2017 schedule. On the same page, you can sign up to attend one of these one-day retreats.

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

Sangha Lending Library

The PT Sangha Library shares space with the Quaker Library at the Friends Meetinghouse. It contains a wide variety of books and tapes on Buddhism, Buddhist practice, meditation and other spiritual traditions.

It’s available for members to peruse during Wednesday night sits and retreat weekends, and all books and media may be borrowed.

You can Download a Searchable PDF file with the library catalog, or Search Our Library Collection Online

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

More Opportunities to Practice the Dharma

Looking for other opportunities to practice the Dharma on the Olympic Peninsula? Here are some suggestions with additional links below: Continue reading