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:

Men’s Practice Day: Releasing the Heart

Men’s Practice Day: Releasing the Heart

Event Dates: Saturday July 26, 2014 – Saturday July 26, 2014

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NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Cultivating positive emotion is an absolutely essential part of the spiritual life – however all too often for men the idea of working with emotions can be, well, a bit… challenging.  Well perfect!  Because in th... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Workshop: Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction to Meditation Workshop: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday July 27, 2014 – Sunday July 27, 2014

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This workshop is an intensive introduction to the Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught.... Read more

Keeping it Real: Dealing with Difficult Emotions

Keeping it Real: Dealing with Difficult Emotions

Event Dates: Sunday August 10, 2014 – Sunday August 10, 2014

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“Before Enlightenment, chop wood carry water, after Enlightenment, chop wood carry water.” (Zen saying)

In the “Keeping it Real: Practicing the Dharma off the Cushion” workshop series we will investiga... Read more

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday August 14, 2014 – Sunday August 17, 2014

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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 lon... Read more

Kado – The Way of Flowers

Kado – The Way of Flowers

Event Dates: Saturday August 23, 2014 – Saturday August 23, 2014

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Ikebana (living flower) has its origins in the 7th century when the practice of Buddhism traveled from China and Korea and arrived in Japan. A flower offering was always placed on the altar in front of Buddha. In this ancient discipline, a simple seasonal floral arrangement reinforced the connection that mankind ... Read more

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Every Friday Evening resuming  July 25th

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Join us every Friday evening 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 in... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night – Summer Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night – Summer Series

Event Dates: Tuesday Jun 10, 2014 – Tuesday Aug 5, 2014


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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 clas... Read more

Wednesday Evenings in the Garden

Wednesday Evenings in the Garden

Event Dates: Wednesday July 2, 2014 – Wednesday August 27, 2014

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Here’s an opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends, in the peaceful Aryaloka gardens. Every Wednesday evening during the summer we will be gathering to help beautify Aryaloka’s grounds, planting,... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday July 9, 2014 – Wednesday July 9, 2014

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This four-week course provides a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of sitting meditation practice. During the course, two different meditation practices will be taught: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Meditation on Loving Kindness. These are traditional Buddhist meditation techniques dating back to the... Read more

Young Sangha Gathering

Young Sangha Gathering

Event Dates: Saturday August 9, 2014 – Saturday August 9, 2014

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These classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. Our first hour is for children ages up to 9. In each class there is a short talk, gentle meditation, and an arts and cra... Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday August 3, November 23, and December 21.


This monthly informal drawing group grew out of a Drawing and Meditation Workshop and it’s a great way to meet up with other artistic spiritual friends.

We meet from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Akashaloka (the building behind the Aryaloka domes).

Bring your own art supplies. While a simple pencil and drawing pad is enough, feel free to bring anything else you may have. Sign-ups not necessary and we will have a Dana bowl for donations. For more information or any questions e-ma... Read more

Young Sangha Gathering

Young Sangha Gathering

Event Dates: Sunday October 19, 2014 – Sunday October 19, 2014

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These classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. Our first hour is for children ages up to 9. In each class there is a short talk, gentle meditation, and an arts and cra... Read more

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Event Dates: Sunday October 19, 2014 – Sunday October 19, 2014

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Do you ever wonder if there is more to meditation practice than you are experiencing? When practicing the Mindfulness of Breathing, do you sometimes wonder what to do after you get to 10? Does your mind wander more than ... Read more

Bodhisattvas at Play – Fall Work Weekend

Bodhisattvas at Play – Fall Work Weekend

Event Dates: Saturday October 25, 2014 – Sunday October 26, 2014

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Please join us for our spring work days on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 25th! This is a great chance to practice generosity and to work together with friends from the Aryaloka sangha to create beauty and harmony inside and outside. We will be cleaning, tidying, working in the gardens ... Read more

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Event Dates: Friday October 31, 2014 – Sunday November 2, 2014

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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. Read more

Sangha Day

Sangha Day

Event Dates: Saturday November 8, 2014 – Saturday November 8, 2014

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“The growth of the sangha should be expected… so long as they meet together frequently and in large numbers…”
~ The Buddha, Mahaparinibbana Sutta

On Saturday, November 23, the Aryaloka community will be joi... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Tuesday November 11, 2014 – Tuesday November 18, 2014

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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... Read more

Exploring Mindfulness: The joy of bringing awareness into our daily lives

Exploring Mindfulness: The joy of bringing awareness into our daily lives

Event Dates: Saturday November 22, 2014 – Saturday November 22, 2014

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Are you ready to take your mindfulness to a deeper level? Treat yourself to a relaxing and spacious day of mindfulness practice, including meditation, activities, noble silence, gentle yoga, and small group discussion. This mini-retreat will offer you practical wa... Read more

Keeping it Real: Spiritual Friendship

Keeping it Real: Spiritual Friendship

Event Dates: Saturday December 13, 2014 – Saturday December 13, 2014

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The Dharma off the Cushion” workshop series we will investigate how our everyday lives can express our Dharma practice. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic, and provide tools and guidance for navigating th... Read more

Young Sangha Gathering

Young Sangha Gathering

Event Dates: Sunday December 14, 2014 – Sunday December 14, 2014

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These classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. Our first hour is for children ages up to 9. In each class there is a short talk, gentle meditation, and an arts and c... Read more