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:

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Spring Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Spring Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays, May 17, 2016 – July 19, 2016


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00 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 have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory... Read more

Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesday 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 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 in-depth introduction ... Read more

Monday Morning Open Meditation Practice

Monday Morning Open Meditation Practice

Event Dates: Monday Mornings


Everyone is welcome to join us for Monday morning meditation practice. There are two meditation periods, one from 7:00 a.m. till 8:00 a.m., a great way to start your work week, and another from 8:30 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. The First meditation session includes chanting the refuges and precepts, and a three fold puja. From 8:30 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. we offer a silent open meditation session.

We have added this practice time because our Tuesday and Thursday morning meditations have been well attended and we want to offer supp... Read more

Teen Night

Teen Night

Event Dates: Ongoing, First Tuesday evening of each month


Join Alisha Roberts for Teen Night at Friends Night on the first Tuesday Evening of every month. The teen group will meditate for 40 minutes then come together for discussion.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00 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.

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Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: July 1st, Aug. 19th, Sept. 2nd, Sept 30th, Nov. 4th, December 9th, and Dec. 16th


 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... Read more

Sunday Evenings on the Screen Porch with a Poem

Sunday Evenings on the Screen Porch with a Poem

Event Dates: Sundays, July 3rd, July 10th, July 17th, Aug. 7th, Aug. 14th Aug. 21st and Sept. 4th


This summer on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. we will meet to talk about a poem each week, when the center is not in use for a retreat.

A poem can be a powerful thing, sometimes bringing up a memory, or a question, an insight, sometimes confusion or pain, love or joy. And often different people hear different things. We’re hoping we can learn more about ourselves, each other, life, and the Dharma as we do this.

If you have a poem from yo... Read more

Vajra Bell – Summer 2016

Vajra Bell – Summer 2016

In this issue:

  • Arts at Aryaloka; Kavyadrishti’s poetry
  • The Path of Practice “Where Love Meets Wisdom”, by Dh. Kamalashila
  • The Path of Practice: “Developing Happiness and Wisdom”, by Dh. Amala
  • “Pilgrimage to Kyoto”, by Neil Harvey
  • Sangha Connections, Bettye Pruitt interviews Dh. Narottama
  • What’s new in Buddhaworks, the Aryaloka bookstore, by Dh. Shantikirika
  • Sangha notes from Aryaloka, M... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sundays, Aug. 14th, Nov. 13th, and Dec. 18th


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 m... Read more

Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat

Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Tuesday, July 26, 2016


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 of... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Join us for Cafe Night at Aryaloka! When study series are complete for our Tuesday Friend’s Nights we like to hold these evenings to reconnect before embarking on a new series, and they’re always lots of fun. We’ll be having a potluck dinner beginning at 5:30, where we can share a yummy meal with each other, meet new friends, and catch up with old ones! So please bring a scrumptious dish to share with others…

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, when we gather to meditate and explore aspects of Budd... Read more

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, July, 29, 2016 – Sunday, July 31, 2016


In yoga we seek to find suitable grounding and remain aware of the transitions we make through shifting poses, all the while keeping the breath alive and vital in our practice. So too in meditation we must stay grounded while being open to our changing experience, perhaps anchored by the sensations of the breath. For this weekend retreat we will blend the approaches of yoga and meditation to reach a deeper expression of each. All the while cultivating both inner and outer awareness.

The retr... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Join us for Meditation Tune-Up Evening at Aryaloka! When study series are complete for our Tuesday Friend’s Nights we like to hold these evenings to delve deeper into meditation before embarking on a new series. Meditation Tune-Up Evenings have three separate groups, cafe style, focusing on meditation posture, issues and obstacles in meditating, and dropping the counting in the Mindfulness of Breathing practice.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:15, when we gather to meditate and explore aspects of Buddhi... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Late Summer Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Late Summer Series

Event Dates: Begins Tuesday August 9, 2016


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00 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 have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory classes.)

... Read more

Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

Event Dates: Saturday, August 13, 2016


This workshop is an intensive introduction to the Metta Bhavana (Loving-kindness) meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught.

Metta Bhavana (cultivation of loving-kindness) is a method of working with our hearts and mind together, allowing us to enjoy greater positivity towards others and ourselves. With practice, metta flowers into compassion and equanimity.

These monthly introductory workshops alternate between... Read more

Silence and Stillness – A One Day Meditation Retreat

Silence and Stillness – A One Day Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Saturday, August 20, 2016


Come and experience a day of quiet meditation on a long summer’s day. The Silence and Stillness retreat is a one day retreat dedicated to building a meditation practice. We will provide the time and space for growing a meaningful personal practice. This retreat is suitable for all levels, although most beneficial for anyone who has taken an Introduction to Meditation class. After the introductory portion of the day, we will be in silence, with light instruction, until the concluding discussion at the end of the day... Read more

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates:  Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, – Sunday, Aug 28, 2016


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 deeper within your practice.

The Noble Silence retreats are open to people who have al... Read more

Men’s GFR Retreat

Men’s GFR Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, September 9, 2016 – Sunday, September 18, 2016


The 2016 Men’s Going for Refuge Retreat will take place on Friday, Sept. 9th – Sunday, Sept. 18th.

Please Note: This retreat is open only to Men currently in the Ordination Process for the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Payment Instructions:

Deposit: Below please pay $100 to hold your spot for the retreat.

Sliding Scale after deposit is paid:$420/$320/$230
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Sublime Composure: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Sublime Composure: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, September 23, 2016 – Sunday, September 25, 2016


With yoga and meditation we can cultivate a beautiful tranquility in the body and heart. We will explore how each practice enriches the other, contributing to a sustained calm that can change the way we live and our perception of the world around us.

Suitable both for beginners and experienced practitioners, the weekend will intertwine periods of Buddhist mindfulness meditation and Ashtanga Yoga. The meditation practices will focus on awareness of the body as a doorway to insig... Read more

Ethics to Insight: Women’s Going For Refuge Retreat

Ethics to Insight: Women’s Going For Refuge Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, October 14, 2016 – Wednesday, October 26, 2016


*Please Note: This retreat is open only to women currently in the Ordination Process for the Triratna Buddhist Order.*

“It is quite important to be sure within oneself whether one is really leading a moral life or just respecting the prejudices of the group within which one happens to be.” (Sangharakshita)

We will explore the relationship between our actions, our speech and our minds, and what it means for us to take on the ten precepts at ordination. We ... Read more

Path of Practice: Life Anew – A Morning With The Buddhas

Path of Practice: Life Anew – A Morning With The Buddhas

Event Dates: Saturday, November 5, 2016


The Triratna Path of Practice offers a framework for the spiritual life, based on Buddhadharma as interpreted by Triratna’s founder, Sangharakshita. The Path consists of five distinct aspects or stages: Peace, Happiness, Wisdom, Freedom of Heart and Mind, and Spontaneous Compassionate Activity. One moves in and through the different aspects in cycles, revisiting each aspect at different times and varying depths.

In 2016 Aryaloka will be delving into the Path of Practice, exploring the Path as a whole, each indi... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, November, 16, 2016 – Tuesday, November, 22, 2016


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.

Participants will have the opportunity for daily, individual conversations with retreat leaders about their meditation... Read more

Exploring Insight: Advanced Meditation Course

Exploring Insight: Advanced Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesdays, November 30, 2016 – December 21. 2016


On this four-week course we’ll explore insight meditation: how is it related to and different from calming and concentration approaches to meditation? We will also explore the Three Lakshanas (“marks”) of impermanence, non-self, and unsatisfactoriness. Contemplation of the Three Lakshanas loosens our fixed sense of reality and opens us up to a more fluid sense of ourselves and the world around us.  Prior experience with Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana practice... Read more

Path of Practice: Spontaneous Compassionate You!

Path of Practice: Spontaneous Compassionate You!

Event Dates: Saturday, December 10, 2016


This is a guilt free zone. No martyrdom. No drudgery allowed.

Yes, Spontaneous Compassionate Activity is the final stage of the Path of Practice, the fruit of the Buddha’s Path, and the culmination of all our efforts towards Awakening. All very lofty! But, Surprise! We are already practicing this perfection every time we smile at a stranger, offer a helping hand, a pencil, a kind word.

We do not have to contort ourselves into a different kind of being, morose, determined, doing good because we’ve been... Read more

Winter Meditation Retreat

Winter Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: December 23, 2016 – Saturday, December 31, 2016


Tis the season to be still! Tis the season to reflect!

As we enter the depths of winter we will use the opportunity of this end of year retreat to do two things: We will simply enjoy days of shared stillness, deep silence and meditation, and we will quietly reap the benefits this will inevitably bring.

For those who want to, we will also engage in the practice of some structured reflections that are pertinent to the year’s end. We may, for example, get in touch with what has positi... Read more

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