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:

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Date: Sundays, January 4th, February 1st, and March 1st


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. Read more

Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 6, 2015 – June 18, 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 lookin... Read more

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights,  January 9, 2015 –  March 6, 2015


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

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

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays, January 20 – March 24, 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. Read more

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout

Event Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015  |  6pm-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 first gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

This is the first group of its kind in our sangha, so we’ll be getting together in this first session to hang out, get to know each other, and talk about the issues and topics we’d like to explore and what kinds of... Read more

Mindfulness and Health

Mindfulness and Health

Event Dates: Saturday February 28, 2015
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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 stress, depression, cancer, anxiety and overall well-being.

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Movie Night: The Dhamma Brothers

Movie Night: The Dhamma Brothers

Event Dates: Friday March 6, 2015 – Friday March 6, 2015

Register for this Event


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 st... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday March 1, 2015


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 of very young children are asked to stay wit... Read more

Dhardo Rinpoche’s Visit

Dhardo Rinpoche’s Visit

In March we are pleased and honored to once again welcome Dhardo Rinpoche to Triratna Centers on the East Coast. His visit from his monastery in India offers a special opportunity for our sangha to experience his wisdom, sincerity, and kindness in person. In addition to meeting with people individually, Dhardo Rinpoche will also be leading some public events:

On Sunday March 8 he will be dedicating the stupa and leading a Guru Puja. Read more

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday March 12 – Sunday March 15, 2015
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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 longer, multi-day Noble Silence retreat, this event would be an excellent introduction. It will gi... Read more

Awakening to Spring: Yoga and Meditation retreat

Awakening to Spring: Yoga and Meditation retreat

Event Dates: Friday March 20 – Sunday March 22, 2015
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Just in time for Spring: Open your heart and rejuvenate your body with a weekend retreat in peaceful surroundings. Yoga se... Read more

The Practical Aspects of Dying

The Practical Aspects of Dying

Event Dates: Saturday March 21, 2015
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Living Joyfully, Dying Peacefully Workshop series

This workshop will guide participants in clarifying their wishes for end-of-life care, and help them navigate the medical environment of the end-of-life stages. Read more

Mindful Eating Retreat: After The First Bite

Mindful Eating Retreat: After The First Bite

Event Dates: Friday March 27 – Sunday March 29, 2015
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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

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Shantideva’s Perfection of Patience

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Shantideva’s Perfection of Patience

Event Dates: Saturday March 28, 2015
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Join Aryaloka’s senior Dharma teachers for study of suttas, sutras, and stories from throughout the Buddhist tradition. This month’s Study is from Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryavatara), led by Candradasa.

“There is no evil like hatred, and no fortitude like ... Read more

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Metta

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Metta

Event Dates: Saturday April 4, 2015
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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. Read more

Fundraising Auction

Fundraising Auction

Event Dates: Friday, April 10, 2015


It’s back!!! After a several year hiatus the Aryaloka Fundraising Auction will be held on Friday, April 10. The evening will include:

  • Silent auction from 5 – 8 pm (some items will be available for bidding several days beforehand)
  • Mouthwatering desserts
  • Live auction begins at 7 PM
  • Auctioneers Dayalocana and Arjava, Aryaloka’s emeritus and current chairs.

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Movie Night: Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama

Movie Night: Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama

Event Dates: Saturday April 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!

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, April 11

Filmmak... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday April 12, 2015


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 of very young children are asked to stay wi... Read more

The Encounter with Prince Abhaya: A Weekend Retreat for Men

The Encounter with Prince Abhaya: A Weekend Retreat for Men

Event Dates: Friday, April 17th – Sunday, April 19th


In one of the early Buddhist scriptures, Prince Abhaya challenged the Buddha by posing this question: “Lord, would the Tathagata say words that are unendearing & disagreeable to others?” The Buddha turned this challenge into a discourse on skillful speech now known as the Abhaya Sutta.

On this weekend retreat we have a fantastic and rare opportunity to join with other men in the sangha for a weekend of invi... Read more

Movie Night: Samsara

Movie Night: Samsara

Event Dates: Saturday May 9, 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!

Samsara, May 9

Samsara explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of humanity’s spi... Read more

Bodhisattvas at Play – Spring Work Weekend

Bodhisattvas at Play – Spring Work Weekend

Event Dates: Saturday, May 16, 2015  &  Sunday, May 17, 2015

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Please join us for our spring work days on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th! This is a great chance to practice generosity and to work together with friends from the Aryaloka sangha to create beauty and harmony insi... Read more

Compassionate Presence Retreat

Compassionate Presence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, May 22, 2015 – Sunday May 24, 2015


This retreat is an excellent chance for sangha members to spend some extended time with one another on retreat and discuss practicing compassion. The weekend will be led by visiting Triratna Order member Shantigarbha, an expert in Non-Violent Communication and the leader of several events on this topic at Aryaloka in past years. The focus of the retreat will be, “How do we really live compassion in our live... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday June 14, 2015


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 of very young children are asked to stay wit... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday June 19 – Sunday June 28, 2015
Register for this Event


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 wo... Read more