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:

Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesday and Thursday Mornings, June 30, 2015 – August 4, 2015


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 ... Read more

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights July 10th & 24th


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. Read more

BAM: Buddhist Action Month

BAM: Buddhist Action Month

Buddhist Action Month is June 2015.

Buddhists of many traditions will be engaging together in socially beneficial activities, rooted in Buddhist values. Throughout the month of June Aryaloka will be organizing a variety of ways for local sangha members to participate in BAM. Everyone is welcome to join all activities.

BAM Opening Ritual: Tuesday, June 2 at 7 PM during Friends Night, led by Lilasiddhi.

Living Simply in June: Give something, or ... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Summer Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Summer Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays, June 30, 2015 – August 11, 2015


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 introdu... Read more

Wednesday Evenings In The Garden

Wednesday Evenings In The Garden

Event Dates: Wednesday Evenings, July 1, 2015- August 5, 2015


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, weeding, and whatever light work is needed to keep the gardens fresh and flourishing. No gardening experience is necessary, just a willingness to help out.

Tending to the Aryaloka garden is a joyous experience you wont want to miss. The garden offers us a serene atmosphere for walking medi... Read more

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesday Evenings, July 1, 2015 – August 5, 2015  7-9pm


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 be... Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday, July 5th, August 2nd, October 4th, November 1st, December 6th


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 n... Read more

Dharma Text Illumination

Dharma Text Illumination

Event Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015  1 – 3 pm


Reflect on your favorite Dharma verse through writing and illustration. Bring an inspiring passage from your favorite text or your favorite poem and spend the afternoon creating a decorated verse for your home shrine. We’ll provide the art materials, guidance, and examples, and have a few extra Dharma quotes on hand if you don’t have a favorite of your own. No previous experience or artistic expertise is required.

There is no fee for this event, but please register so that we know how many supplies ... Read more

Movie Night: Journey to the West

Movie Night: Journey to the West

Event Dates: Saturday, July 11, 2015


Aryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015! This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 7 pm. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Journey to the West, July 11th

Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow’s Journey to the Wes... Read more

Introduction to Ancient Buddhist Texts: The Jataka Tales

Introduction to Ancient Buddhist Texts: The Jataka Tales

Event Dates: Saturday, July 11, 2015


The Jakata Tales are some of the oldest texts describing the Buddha’s remembrances of his past lives. Resembling folk tales and fables, the stories in this collection contain lessons expressing Buddhist values, such as kindness, generosity, truthfulness. Because they are engaging and simply written, they appeal to a variety of people and are often used to teach children. The characters in these lively stories include humans along with an assortment of animals. We will explore the history of this area of the Pali cannon, l... Read more

Path of Practice Group

Path of Practice Group

Year-long monthly workshop series
Event Dates: 
 2nd Sunday of each month
January 11, 2015 – Sunday December 14, 2015
Register for this Event (please register for the full year by January 11, 2015)


“If we want to make progress [on the Buddhist Path] and continue to make progress there ... Read more

Sangha Picnic

Sangha Picnic

Event Dates: Sunday July 19, 2015 – Sunday July 19, 2015


Come join us for an afternoon in the sun. This year’s summer picnic will be a POTLUCK at Great Island Commons in Newcastle and we’ll be joined by sangha members from Portsmouth, Portland, Boston, and New York. Great Island Commons has several picnic areas, a large field for games, walks along the sea shore, a beach, a large playground, and spectacular views. Festivities will begin at 11AM  and continue through the a... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Date: Sunday, June 14th, July 25th, September 13th, and November 15th


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 crafts activity related to a Buddhist theme. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents o... Read more

Stupa Visualization: Engine of Enlightenment

Stupa Visualization: Engine of Enlightenment

Event Dates: Saturday, July 25, 2015


Learn a creative, energizing, and inspiring meditation practice based on the traditional forms of a Buddhist stupa.

The stupa practice includes engaging with color, shape, energy, and the elements (earth, water, fire, air, space, consciousness). In it we use imagination, visualization, introspection and concentration. Many enjoy the use of symbol and the connection with energy in the practice. Benefits of the stupa practice are focus, self-awareness, integration of different energies within us, and a way to connect ... Read more

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday, July 26, 2015


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.

Mindfulness of Breathing is a practice that helps us to develop a calm, clear, and focused mind. With mindfulness we develop concentration and awareness. A concentrated mind, flexible and alert, is poised for insight int... Read more

Dharma Day Celebration

Dharma Day Celebration

Event Dates: Friday, July 31, 2015


Please join us as we celebrate the Buddha’s decision to teach the Dharma! We will listen to and consider a few verses in the Buddha’s words followed by an expression of devotion for the Buddha and the gift he has given us.

Sangharakshita explains the meaning of this festival in this excerpt from the talk The New Man Speaks given on Dhamma Day in 1971:

“On the occasion of Dhamma Day we do not celebrate the Dhamma in the sense of any particular rigid formulation of the Truth, any particular text or scripture... Read more

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, August 6, 2015 – Sunday, August 9, 2015


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... Read more

Transcendental Principle Retreat

Transcendental Principle Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 to Sunday, August 23, 2015


Please note: This retreat is not open to the public. This GFR (Going For Refuge) retreat is for women in the ordination process only.

Pre-requisites: This retreat is for women who are in the ordination preparation process for the Triratna Buddhist Order. This is the most advanced of all the Going for Refuge r... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: 4 Consecutive Wednesdays, September 16, 2015 – October 7, 2015 10am -12pm


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 time of the Buddha, although one does not need to be a Buddhist or have Buddhis... Read more

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, September 24, 2015– Sunday, September 27, 2015


Yoga and Buddhism may be described as complex spiritual traditions, each teaching us about ourselves and our way in the world. Both traditions, while drawing upon mind and body practices, turn our attention inward, paving the way to a path of awareness and awakening.

In this retreat there will be a weaving together of the similarities and differences of these practices. There will be an invitation to explore how the practices of Yoga and Budd... Read more

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout

Event Dates: Sunday, September 27, 2015 6-8pm


If you’re a New England Triratna sangha member in your 20s and 30s (or thereabouts and young at heart) please join us for the third gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

These monthly gatherings are a great chance to get together with other young sangha members to hang out, get to know each other, and talk about various issues and topics. Come be a part of the creation of our fledgling gang of Dharma practitioners!Read more

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Metta Bhavana

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Metta Bhavana

Event Dates: Saturday, October 10, 2015 9am- 1pm


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 flowe... Read more

Gateways to Buddha Realms, a Mandala Retreat

Gateways to Buddha Realms, a Mandala Retreat

Event Dates: Sunday, October 11, 2015 – Friday, October 16, 2015


On this retreat we will experience a mandala of practices and approaches to enter the Buddha realms. Practices will include meditation, study and exploration of teachings, devotion and ritual, in a container of silence and contemplation. We hope to engage body, speech and mind fully, so that we become more thoroughly integrated and effective in our practice.

We will explore the symbols and te... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – Tuesday, November 10, 2015


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 opportuni... Read more

Wisdom of the Body

Wisdom of the Body

Event Dates: Friday, November 13, 2015 – Sunday, November 15, 2015


In meditation, the body and posture are not mere preliminaries. Mindfulness is all about opening up our awareness. And how else would we do that than through our bodies and our senses? The body is THE vehicle with which we take in what our experience has to offer. But how open are we to receiving it?

It is said that if we create auspicious conditions in our body and environment, meditatio... Read more

Winter Meditation Retreat

Winter Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Saturday, December 26, 2015 – Thursday, December 31, 2015


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 ... Read more