Peaceful Harbor

About Us

We are a community of experienced practitioners and beginners, from many different backgrounds, spiritual traditions, and beliefs. 

Newcomers and visitors are always welcome.

Contact:  Susannah Ristine at 207-468-9948


Peaceful Harbor Sangha is an open community of practice whose members come together weekly to strengthen and support our individual practice through meditation and through the study and discussion of Buddhist teachings. Our principal teacher and spiritual guide is Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (seeAbout Thich Nhat Hanh”) , whose interpretations of ancient Buddhist texts  and personal teachings inspire us and point the way to deeper understanding, insight, and mindfulness.


Thus we say that we practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and we focus our sangha activities on the study and practice of his teachings.  However, this does not mean that we exclude the wisdom of countless other Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Dharma teachers whose guidance enriches our practice and our lives.


We practice together weekly on Sunday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 P.M. in the Parish Hall of First Parish Church, 425 Congress Street, in the heart of Portland, Maine. Our weekly gatherings include sitting and walking meditation, reading Buddhist teachings, and discussion. We maintain regular interconnection with the many other Sanghas throughout the State of Maine and beyond that practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and with the larger Maine Buddhist community through participation in the work of the Maine Buddhist Gathering.


Our group activities reflect our individual commitments to practice compassion, lovingkindness, equanimity, and joyfulness. We are an open and welcoming community for any and all who wish to practice with us, or who wish to explore meditation and Buddhist practice to determine whether or not they will undertake the practice as a personal commitment.


We support and encourage one another to take our practice beyond the meditation cushion and to practice “engaged Buddhism” in the larger community and the world. Peaceful Harbor Sangha, however, is not a political or social action group.


Respectful of one another’s privacy and the integrity of our practice, we do not use or seek to use the sangha as a means of personal gain or personal advantage, and we consider all matters discussed within the sangha as personal and confidential.




"It 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."