Welcome to Aryaloka!

Aryaloka is a place dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhism. We are part of the Triratna Buddhist Community - an international network of public centers, communities and projects. Our mission is to create the best possible conditions in which to explore and practice the Buddhist path. We study and practice meditation and Buddhadharma in a spiritual community based on the ideals of compassion, generosity, and awareness.

Below you'll find information about featured and upcoming events, retreats, and news from our center. Hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Events at Aryaloka:

Vajra Bell – Winter 2017

Vajra Bell – Winter 2017

In this issue:

  • Living Your Practice: Lifting Us to Something Higher
  • The Power of Positive Action
  • Buddhism and Kindness from Friends Helps Transition to Freedom
  • Sangha Connections: Interview with Nagabodhi
  • Mythic Perspectives: The Buddha in the Dark
  • Buddhaworks Notes
  • Board of Directors Notes
  • Sangha notes from Portsmouth, Nagaloka, Concord, San Francisco, Missoula, and NYC sanghas

 

 

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Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Mornings


Are you looking for more opportunities to meditate with others or for help maintaining a regular meditation practice? Join us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings for open meditation sessions, followed by time for discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend. Some guidance will be provided for those new to meditation, but anyone looking for an... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Event Dates: Begins Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:15 p.m., when we gather to meditate and explore aspects of Buddhism through workshops, talks, study, ritual, or discussion. The emphasis is on practical application of Buddhist principles in our own lives. Although there is no fee for this event, donations are appreciated.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to ha... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: January 6, February 17, March 10


 Join us for a session of collective practice, including meditation, chanting, and a special puja on the Fridays closest to the full moon. Most evenings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Evenings that include a full moon puja are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

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Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday, February 19th


These classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. The class is for children ages up to 9. In each class there is a short talk, gentle meditation, and an arts and crafts activity related to a Buddhist theme. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed.

These gatherings are a wonderful way to introduce Buddhism and mindfulness to your young ones. Each month, Alisha Roberts of... Read more

Exploring Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Exploring Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 – Sunday, Feb 12, 2017


On this weekend retreat we will be exploring the practice of Noble Silence – stillness of body, speech, and mind – and learning how to bring stillness into our daily lives. If you are considering attending a longer, multi-day Noble Silence retreat, this event would be an excellent introduction. It will give you an idea of what to expect on the longer retreat and also what you may encounter as you go d... Read more

Parinirvana Day

Parinirvana Day

Event Dates: Saturday, February 18, 2017


One of the greatest – and most difficult – truths of existence is that of impermanence. All conditioned things are impermanent and what has come into existence will change and one day will cease to exist. Death is one of the things about life that we can depend on. Even the Buddha, enlightened and in complete harmony with Reality, died.

On Parinirvana Day we will gather to embrace this truth and to celebrate the Buddha’s gift of truth with readings from the Parinibbana Sutta, when the Buddha died and enter... Read more

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, February 24, 2017 – Sunday, February 26, 2017


For centuries the benefits of yoga and meditation have been well known. Both can help us to achieve better mind/body integration. This weekend retreat will combine periods of body movement, meditation, reflection, silence as well as good friendship. While some experience in yoga, meditation or both could be helpful, this retreat is suitable for participants at all levels. All you need is a bit of curiosity and a willingness to let go of the hectic world for a day or two.

Molly Sch... Read more

Seacoast Sangha Retreat: Building A Beautiful Community

Seacoast Sangha Retreat: Building A Beautiful Community

Event Dates: Friday, March 3, 2017 – Sunday, March 5, 2017


Please join us for a weekend of regional Sangha connection! We will be living together as a community, looking after each other, exploring meditation and the Buddha’s teachings, touching the vast depths of possibility in the simple, beautiful experience of friendship. There will be plenty of opportunity for good communication, silent reflection, laughter, and creative space as we set up a field of kindness... Read more

Introduction to Buddhism

Introduction to Buddhism

Event Dates: Saturday,March 11, 2017


In this half day workshop we will explore several fundamental teachings of the Buddhist tradition. We’ll cover such topics as Who was the Buddha? What is the goal of Buddhism? How does one practice as a Buddhist?

Commonly heard teachings such as the Four Noble Truths will be explored in the framework of the Threefold Path: Ethics, Meditation, Wisdom. We will investigate the strong emphasis on ethics in Buddhism and how meditation fits in to it, along with core teachings such as the Middle Way.

There is alwa... Read more

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, March 17, 2017 – Sunday, March 19, 2017


You can bring the power of mindfulness into your life by engaging in the practice of mindful eating. To transform your mind, health, and life, learn how to use three steps with food and the act of eating, using 2500-year-old wisdom from the Buddhist tradition.

The three steps include checking in, noticing aspects of our experience, and bringing kindness to whatever arises. These... Read more

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, April 14, 2017 – Sunday, April 16, 2017


What does it means to live mindfully? How do we bring more calm and inner clarity into our daily lives? How can we stay confident and purposeful when times get rough? This gentle introductory retreat is open to all, especially those with no prior experience with meditation or Buddhism.

We will explore the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness in a down-to-earth, practical way through meditation, discussion, and hands-on exercises. We’ll also investigate how to live with greater awareness an... Read more

Meditation and the Middle Way

Meditation and the Middle Way

Event Dates: Weekend: Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7. Full week: Friday, May 5 – Friday, May 12


Meditation and the Middle Way will explore personal transformation guided by the underlying principles of the Middle Way. The Buddha described his path to awakening as a ‘Middle Way’ that makes creative use of opposing tendencies to go ever higher—or ever deeper.

This retreat is an experiential approach to practicing the Middle Way. It will include guide... Read more

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesdays, May 17, 2017 – June 21, 2017


On these six Wednesday evenings we will learn traditional Buddhist meditations and also explore basic Buddhist teachings.

The three basic meditation forms taught will include the Mindfulness of Breathing, the Metta Bhavana or development of loving-kindness meditation, and walking meditation. These forms have been found to be supportive and helpful to most everyone by helping us to focus, to become m... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 23, 2017 – Sunday, July 2, 2017


This intensive retreat creates an atmosphere conducive to extended meditation with the fewest external distractions. Retreat participants will have no responsibilities during their time here so they can focus completely on their meditation practice. An emphasis on the collective aspect of practice using the five precepts is woven into the fabric of this retreat. The five precepts are ethical guidelines that bring about peace and harmony to the world.

This retreat is ideal for anyone wh... Read more

Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat

Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, July 20, 2017 – Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Several days of stillness, silence, and meditation can be an important means to deeper understanding of ourselves and the Dharma. Through reading and study, classes, and participation in sangha life, the Buddhist way of life gradually permeates. Retreat time helps our learning soak through to our core, so that we are more consistently and fully expressing kindness and wisdom in our lives.

On this retreat we will have several formal meditation sessions each day, including the practice o... Read more

To Realize the Unrealized: An Exploration of the Anapanasati Sutta

To Realize the Unrealized: An Exploration of the Anapanasati Sutta

Event Dates: Friday, September 1, 2017 – Monday, September 4, 2017


The Anapanasati Sutta is one of the most detailed meditation instructions in the Pali Canon, and one of the simplest and most effective ways of exploring the central teaching of the Satipatthanas, which the Buddha described as the direct path to realization. On this retreat, Dhammarati, Nagabodhi, and Satyada will share their exploration of the Anapanasati sutta through meditation and study, and drawing on Sang... Read more

Exploring Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Exploring Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Sunday, September 24, 2017


On this weekend retreat we will be exploring the practice of Noble Silence – stillness of body, speech, and mind – and learning how to bring stillness into our daily lives. If you are considering attending a longer, multi-day Noble Silence retreat, this event would be an excellent introduction. It will give you an idea of what to expect on the longer retreat and also what you may encounter... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday,November 8, 2017 – Tuesday, November 14, 2017


This intensive retreat creates an atmosphere conducive to extended meditation with the fewest external distractions. Retreat participants will have no responsibilities during their time here so they can focus completely on their meditation practice. An emphasis on the collective aspect of practice using the five precepts is woven into the fabric of this retreat. The five precepts are ethical guidelines that bring about peace and harmony to the world.

This retreat is ideal fo... Read more

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, December 1, 2017 – Sunday, December 3, 2017


For centuries the benefits of yoga and meditation have been well known. Both can help us to achieve better mind/body integration. This weekend retreat will combine periods of body movement, meditation, reflection, silence as well as good friendship. While some experience in yoga, meditation or both could be helpful, this retreat is suitable for participants at all levels. All you need is a bit of curiosity and a willingness to let go of the hectic world for a day or two.

Molly Schlan... Read more