Who We Are
Peaceful Harbor Sangha is a community of experienced and beginner Buddhist practitioners in the Portland, Maine, area. We come from many different backgrounds, spiritual traditions, and beliefs. Our group honors each members’ individual commitments by practicing compassion, loving kindness, equanimity, and joyfulness. We are an open and welcoming community for anyone who wishes to practice. We also encourage those to come who would like to explore meditation and learn more about Buddhism.
What We Do
Our communal practice includes sitting and walking meditations and studying various Buddhist teachings. Our principal teacher and spiritual guide is Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, the founder of Engaged Buddhism, also known as “Thay” (Vietnamese for “teacher”). His interpretations of ancient Buddhist texts and his own personal teachings inspire us and point the way to deeper understanding, insight, and mindfulness. Thus, we say we practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and we focus our Sangha activities on the study and practice of his teachings. This does not mean, however, that we exclude the wisdom of countless other Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Dharma teachers whose guidance also enriches our practice and our lives.
When We Meet
We meet weekly at the First Parish Church, 425 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. Visit the Calendar page for details.
For More Info
To join the Peaceful Harbor Sangha Google group and to receive regular communications and updates, please send Dennis an email.
Thich Nhat HanhIt is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community–a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.