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 12, 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 t... 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 will be two meditation periods, one from 7am till 8am, a great way to start your work week, and another from 8:30 till 10:00am. The second meditation session will begin with refuges and precepts, three fold puja, and then a meditation period till 10am. We have added this practice time because our Tuesday and Thursday morning meditations have been well attended and we want to offer support to everyone wishing to expand their meditation practice. Please cons... Read more

Teen Night

Teen Night

Event Dates: Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, May 3rd, and June 7th


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.... Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sundays, Jan. 3rd, Feb. 7th, Mar. 6th, May. 1st, and Jun. 5th


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 neces... Read more

Young Sangha Hangout

Young Sangha Hangout

Event Dates: Sundays, Jan. 31st, Feb. 28th, Mar. 20th, Apr. 24th, and May. 22nd


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 fourth 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!

The Young Person’s Sangha meets on the fourt... Read more

Visions of Impermanence: Art Exhibit

Visions of Impermanence: Art Exhibit

Event Dates: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – Thursday, May 26 2016


This spring Aryaloka has the Visions of Impermanence Art Exhibit on view featuring the art of Tom Gaillard and Deb Howard.

The art exhibit is on view in the yoga room from Tuesday, April 19th – Thursday, May 26th,  Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tom Gaillard and Deb Howard have deeply reflected on the nature of impermanence and translated their perception into artistic expression. This art exhibit will give you an appreciation of the imperti... Read more

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Event Dates: Friday, April 29, 2016 – Sunday, May 1, 2016


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 three steps can transform any meal into something that goes beyond the nutrients on the plate. The act of eating min... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday May, 3, 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 Buddhis... Read more

Silent Auction and Fundraising Dinner

Silent Auction and Fundraising Dinner

Event Dates: Friday, May 6, 2016


Update: View silent auction items here.

The 2016 Aryaloka Fundraising Auction and Dinner will be held on Friday, May 6th. The evening will begin with a silent auction from 5 -6 pm, and be followed by a dinner lovingly prepared by Arjava’s and crew.

Previous years’ items have included original art work, gift certificates to local restaurants and spas, rupas and other Buddhist ritual items, fine jewelry, and services b... Read more

Order Day

Order Day

Event Dates: Saturday, May 7, 2016


On Saturday, May 7th, local Order members are welcome to join together for a day of community and learning. These events are an opportunity for Order members to meet together for meditation, study, and cultivating connections with each other. Typically there is a delicious pot luck lunch and empowering theme for the day.

Save the date and stay tuned for more details about the day. These gatherings are a community opportunity you wont want to miss.

Please note: This event is for order member... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday, May, 10, 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 Buddhism... Read more

Buddha Day Celebration

Buddha Day Celebration

Event Dates: Friday, May 20, 2016


“How long he sat there we do not know,” wrote Sangharakshita. “It may have been days; it may have been weeks; it may even have been months. As he sat there he controlled and concentrated his mind, purified his mind, suppressed the mental hindrances, the defilements. And on Wesak night, the night of the full moon in May, just as the morning star was rising ~ just as he fixed his mind on that star glittering near the horizon ~ full illumination, full Enlightenment, arose.”

Come celebrate with us the historical and... Read more

Bodhisattvas at Play: Spring Work Days

Bodhisattvas at Play: Spring Work Days

Event Dates: Saturday, May 21, 2016 and Sunday, May 22, 2016


Please join us for our spring work days on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd! 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 and on the grounds – whatever needs doing to make the center shine! No experience necessary.

The two main projects for the weekend are cleaning out the first floor of Akashaloka and working on the memoria... Read more

Opening to the Heart’s Wisdom Meditation Retreat

Opening to the Heart’s Wisdom Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 3, 2016 – Sunday, June 5, 2016


“May my heart always be open to little birds” – EE Cummings

An intensive meditation weekend inviting the heart to be open and listening deeply to what it is trying to tell us. Just sitting with the wisdom of the heart, we are breathing in the world and breathing out our influence on the world, allowing the mysterious process of the bodhichitta to manifest in our experience. Come along and find out where your heart will take you. This meditation weekend retr... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 17, 2016 – Monday, June 27, 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. The five precepts are ethical guidelines that bring about peace and harmony to the world.

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

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Saturday, July 9, 2016


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 into the nature of mind and life itself.

These monthly introductory workshops alterna... Read more

Path of Practice: The Importance of Wisdom

Path of Practice: The Importance of Wisdom

Event Dates: Saturday, July 16, 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 individ... Read more

Mindfulness and Health

Mindfulness and Health

Event Dates: Sunday, July 17, 2016


“Dr. Paul Shagoury (Vidhuma) will review the impact of mindfulness meditation on physical and emotional health. The presentation will include a working definition of mindfulness along with a review and summary of research on mindfulness and several specific health concerns including stress, depression, cancer, and anxiety. The presentation will also discuss mindfulness and other important factors conducive to resilience and overall well-being.

Dr. Paul Shagoury (Dh. Vidhuma) received his PhD in Clinical Psychology in... 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

Silence and Stillness- A One Day Meditation Retreat

Silence and Stillness- A One Day Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Sunday, August 21, 2016


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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

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, September,  22, 2016– Sunday September, 25, 2016


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 Buddhism can foster mindfulness, calmness... 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

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

Sublime Composure: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Sublime Composure: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, December 2, 2016 – Sunday, December 4, 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, we will learn the ancient Buddhist meditation practice of mindfulness of breathing, and the subtlety of practicing Ashtanga Yoga, focusing on pranayama, the Ashtanga asana sequence,... Read more