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

Intermediate Meditation Course: Meditation: Not Just a Merry-Go-Round

Intermediate Meditation Course: Meditation: Not Just a Merry-Go-Round

Event Dates: 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings, April 15 – May 20, 7 – 9 pm


In this ‘intermediate’ meditation course we’ll work with the foundation practices of Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (and Brahmaviharas if you know them). We’ll take an honest look at our practice of meditation and explore how to progress and transform in a meaningful way. We do not want to simply go round and round in mental habits. We want to slow th... 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


This weekend retreat for men will be devoted to the theme, In Harmony with Friends and Brethren. We will include the Prince Abhaya Sutta from the Pali Canon as one part of a broader theme of maintaining harmony with those close to us. We will be exploring the importance of like-minded companions in living a spiritual life and how this network of friends can build and maintain a vital spiritual community. The importance of c... Read more

Earth Day in The Garden

Earth Day in The Garden

Event Dates: Sunday, April 26th 3pm-6pm


Here’s an opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends, in the peaceful Aryaloka gardens. On Earth Day, Sunday April 26th we will be gathering to help beautify Aryaloka’s grounds, raking, weeding, and whatever light work is needed to get the gardens ready for spring. No gardening experience is necessary, just a willingness to help out. No need to register, just stop by when you can.

Tending to the ... Read more

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: Quenching the Fire of Craving

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: Quenching the Fire of Craving

Event Date: Sunday, April 26 |  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 third gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

This Month: Quenching the Fire of Craving

Modern culture, especially for young people, is constantly encouraging us to spin on a never-ending wheel of wanting more and better and faster and newer – but when is it enough? Where does all this craving get us, and how can we be satisfied with what’s really impo... Read more

Order/ Mitra Day

Order/ Mitra Day

Events Dates: Saturday, May 2nd


An Order Mitra Day will take place at Aryaloka on Saturday, May 2. This event is open to all mitras and Order members, from all east coast sangha’s. The theme for May’s event is Beyond our Sangha – Involvement in Compassionate Activity.
Triratna has designated June as Buddhist Action Month worldwide. Our Order Day will serve as an introduction to that effort as we look at altruism as a spiritual activity and the role of mindf... Read more

Women’s GFR Overnight & Day Workshop

Women’s GFR Overnight & Day Workshop

Event Dates:  Saturday, May 2nd – Sunday, May 3rd


This gathering for women who have requested ordination is our chance this Spring to rejoice in our shared commitment to the Three Jewels and the Triratna community. Puja, sangha, some share communal living and Dharma reflection will be our fare for the evening and day together. Hosted by Lilasiddhi, Dharmasuri, Amala and Khemavassika.

Please be sure to register by April 29th. We will need to know i... Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday May 3rd , June 7th


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 f... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: 4 Consecutive Wednesdays, May 6th – May 27th 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 Buddhist beliefs to pract... 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

“A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man’s struggle to find spiritual E... 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

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

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 |  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? In th... 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 5th – Sunday, June 7th


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 and susta... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Date: Sunday, June 14th


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 with th... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday June 19 – Sunday June 28, 2015
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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 five precepts is wo... Read more

Transcendental Principle Retreat

Transcendental Principle Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, August 12th, 7:30 p.m. to Sunday, August 23rd, 11 a.m.


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

Registration deadline: August 2. A $100 deposit is needed at the time of registration.

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