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: 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


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 mo

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Spring Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Spring Series

Event Dates: Tuesday Evenings, April 14th – June 2nd


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00 p.m., when we gather to meditate and explore aspectts 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 ... Read more

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: Dharma Practice in the Age of Facebook

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: Dharma Practice in the Age of Facebook

Event Date: Sunday, May 24, 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 second gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

This Month: Dharma Practice in the Age of Facebook

Coming of age at the birth of the internet presents new challenges to young people living a Buddhist life. How should we reconcile sangha with social media, patience and reflection with instant answers on Google, mindfulness and ethics with texting and commenting?... 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

Order Weekend: Dharma Practice in the Order – The Effective Cultivation of Insight

Order Weekend: Dharma Practice in the Order – The Effective Cultivation of Insight

Event Dates: Friday, June 5, 2015 – Sunday, June 7, 2015


As Order members we have received a considerable treasury of teachings – how are we getting on with putting these teachings into practice, with developing Insight into them? Sangharakshita’s recent communications on the nature of the Order and its System of Practice show that the cultivation of insight is vital. In talks, dialogue and guided meditations Kamalashila will offer pointers on how we can cultivate a... Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday, June 7th, 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. ... 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

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Date: Sunday, June 14th, July 15th, 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

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 19, 2015 – 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 precep... Read more

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout

Event Dates: Sunday, June 28, 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 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

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

Sangha Picnic

Sangha Picnic

Event Dates: Sunday July 19, 2015 – Sunday July 20, 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

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

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

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