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 Session

Open Meditation Session

Event Dates: Tuesday October 7, 2014 – Tuesday October 7, 2014

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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. Everyo... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Autumn Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Autumn Series

Event Dates: Tuesday nights, October 21, 2014 – December 16, 2014

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Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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... Read more

Order/Mitra Day: Cultivating Mudita

Order/Mitra Day: Cultivating Mudita

Event Dates: Saturday December 6, 2014 – Saturday December 6, 2014

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Join Khemavassika, Narottama, and Viriyagita and the rest of the Order/Mitra sangha for a day of practice, friendship, and study. The theme of the day is mudita and its role in furthering spiritual development.  T... Read more

Keeping it Real: Spiritual Friendship

Keeping it Real: Spiritual Friendship

Event Dates: Saturday December 13, 2014 – Saturday December 13, 2014

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The Dharma off the Cushion” workshop series we will investigate how our everyday lives can express our Dharma practice. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic, and provide tools and guidance for navigating th... Read more

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Vimalakirti Nirdesa

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Vimalakirti Nirdesa

Event Dates: Saturday December 20, 2014 – Saturday December 20, 2014

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The Vimalakirti Nirdesa- also called the “Inconceivable Emancipation”- is a Buddhist text which tests the boundaries of what we call Reality via its protagonist Vimalakirti, an advanced bodh... Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday, December 21.


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 for donations. For more information or any questions e-mail Eric Ebbeson at Read more

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday December 21, 2014 – Sunday December 21, 2014

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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 tau... Read more

Winter Meditation Retreat

Winter Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday December 26, 2014 – Tuesday December 30, 2014

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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 me... Read more

New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing

New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing

Event Dates: Wednesday December 31, 2014 – Thursday January 1, 2015

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If you’re looking for a different way to celebrate the new year on the last night of December, we hope you’ll consider ringing in 2015 at Aryaloka Buddhist Center. We will be hosting a special New Year’s Eve bell-ringing event in our shrine room starring our beautiful big gong which is brought out on spe... Read more

Meditate For Peace Day

Meditate For Peace Day

Event Dates: Thursday January 1, 2015 – Thursday January 1, 2015

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Please join us once again for the 2015 Meditate for Peace Day. This will be our ninth annual meditation day at the dawn of the New Year. Join us in the spirit of peace and loving-kindness for the benefit of all beings. Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday January 6, 2015 – Tuesday January 6, 2015

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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. Read more

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

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

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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 ... Read more

Movie Night: Kundun

Movie Night: Kundun

Event Dates: Saturday January 10, 2015 – Saturday January 10, 2015

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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 ... Read more

Men’s Day: Spiritual Rebirth

Men’s Day: Spiritual Rebirth

Event Dates: Saturday January 10, 2015 – Saturday January 10, 2015

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Men’s Days are an opportunity to men in the sangha to study and practice together. This Men’s day will explore the aspect of the spiritual life that is, in the TBC’s definition, termed “Spiritual Rebirth”.  Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday January 11, 2015 – Sunday January 11, 2015

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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 a... Read more

Path of Practice Group

Path of Practice Group

Event Dates: Second Sunday of each month. Beginning Sunday, January 11, 2015

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“If we want to make progress [on the Buddhist Path] and continue to make progress there must be a radical change… from the Path of Irregular Steps to the Path of Regular Steps.R... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday January 13, 2015 – Tuesday January 13, 2015

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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 ne... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesdays,  January 14, 2015 – February 4, 2015

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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 Lovin... Read more

Kalyana Mitrata: A Retreat for the Portland, Boston, and NYC sanghas

Kalyana Mitrata: A Retreat for the Portland, Boston, and NYC sanghas

Event Dates: Friday January 16, 2015 – Monday January 19, 2015

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As the Buddha explained to Ananda spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life. We will explore through talks, study, discussion and small groups how friendship impacts our practi... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Event Dates: Tuesday January 20, 2015 – Tuesday January 20, 2015

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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 discus... Read more

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday January 25, 2015 – Sunday January 25, 2015

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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. Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday February 1, 2015 – Sunday February 1, 2015

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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 a... Read more

Nordic Nirvana Retreat

Nordic Nirvana Retreat

Event Dates: Friday February 6, 2015 – Sunday February 8, 2015

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Pack your cross country skis or snowshoes to experience the awe of Aryaloka’s winter stillness and beauty. Scheduled to fall on the full moon, this weekend retreat will be a delicious mix of playing in the snow, meditation, periods of noble silence, and small group discussion – all in the context of cultivating mind... Read more

How to Benefit Those Who are Dying and Those Who Have Died

How to Benefit Those Who are Dying and Those Who Have Died

Event Dates: Saturday February 14, 2015 – Saturday February 14, 2015

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Living Joyfully, Dying Peacefully Workshop series

Death can be so hidden in our culture that we have few models for supporting someone i... Read more

Movie Night: Journey to the West

Movie Night: Journey to the West

Event Dates: Saturday February 14, 2015 – Saturday February 14, 2015

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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 ni... Read more

Parinirvana Day

Parinirvana Day

Event Dates: Sunday February 15, 2015 – Sunday February 15, 2015

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One of the great – and difficult – truths of existence is that of impermanence. All conditioned things are impermanent and what has come into existence will change and one day will cease to exist. Death is one of the things about life that we can depend on. Even the Buddha, enlightened and in complete harmony wit... Read more

Mindfulness and Health

Mindfulness and Health

Event Dates: Saturday February 28, 2015 – 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

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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 8, 2015 – Sunday March 8, 2015

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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 activit... Read more

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday March 12, 2015 – 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. ... Read more

Awakening to Spring: Yoga and Meditation retreat

Awakening to Spring: Yoga and Meditation retreat

Event Dates: Friday March 20, 2015 – 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 session... Read more

Mindful Eating Retreat: After The First Bite

Mindful Eating Retreat: After The First Bite

Event Dates: Friday March 27, 2015 – 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 – Saturday February 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... Read more

Open Meditation Session

Open Meditation Session

Event Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 6, 2015 – June 18, 2015

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Are you looking for more opportunities to meditate with others or for help maintaining a regular meditation practice? Join us on Tuesday and Thursday mor... Read more

Movie Night: Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama

Movie Night: Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama

Event Dates: Saturday April 11, 2015 – Saturday April 11, 2015

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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 M... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday April 12, 2015 – Sunday April 12, 2015

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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 activ... Read more

Movie Night: Samsara

Movie Night: Samsara

Event Dates: Saturday May 9, 2015 – Saturday May 9, 2015

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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 en... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday June 14, 2015 – Sunday June 14, 2015

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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 activit... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

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