sangharakshita memorial space

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:

Vajra Bell: Fall 2018

Vajra Bell: Fall 2018

Generosity: At the Heart of a Spiritual Life

Three order members and our North American sanghas explore dana (generosity) as a spiritual practice

  • Practicing Generosity Until It’s as Natural as Breathing
  • Dana: The First Step of the Spiritual Life
  • Is Money a Placeholder for Love in our Lives
  • Books: The Buddha on Wall Street and Yasodhara
  • Wild Awake: Alone, Offline & Awake in Nature
  • Sangha Connections: An Interview with Amritamati
  • I Have a Thinking Problem
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Feel of the Needle: The Rakusu Project

Feel of the Needle: The Rakusu Project

Exhibition Date: October 1 – November 13


Artist Anne Cooper of Los Ranchos, New Mexico presents eighteen three-dimensional pieces inspired by Rakusu,* hand-sewn from paper rather than the traditional cloth.

A traditional rakusu is a Japanese garment worn by Zen Buddhists who have taken  precept vows. It can also signify Lay Ordination. It is made of 16 or more strips of cloth, sewn together into a brick-like p... Read more

Regional Sangha Day: Storytime!

Regional Sangha Day: Storytime!

Event Date: Sunday, November 18, 1:00pm – 5:00pm


Come join the creativity circle to explore and tell stories from the early life of Buddhism, at this year’s Regional Sangha Day celebration at Aryaloka! There will be stories of friendship, stories of inspiration, and stories of self-discovery.

To start the fun and spark our inspiration, we will do some improvisational exercises. In small groups we then will work out how to collectively share a short story from the Pali Canon. Stories, props and creative support provided!

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Mindfulness of Self in Relation to Others: Regional Order Mitra Retreat

Mindfulness of Self in Relation to Others: Regional Order Mitra Retreat

Event Dates: November 30, 2018 –  December 2, 2018


In Triratna, we do a lot of things in groups. We emphasize friendship as a path of practice and engage in loads of communication on a variety of levels: as friends, in study groups, chapters, GFR groups, Center Councils, work kulas, volunteer projects, on retreats, and so on. On this weekend retreat we will explore how we construct a sense of self in relation to others, and how we can loosen up that sense of self through reflective dialoguing in pairs and small groups. The reflecting will be done through t... Read more

Eating in Peace: How to Start a Vegetarian Diet

Eating in Peace: How to Start a Vegetarian Diet

Event Date: Saturday, December 8, 9am – 2pm


For anyone who is considering going vegetarian, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. In this workshop led by Certified Health Coach Khemavassika we’ll explore how to adopt a healthy vegetarian diet, why Buddhism encourages us to be kind to our food, and learn some great tips and recipes to get started.

The day starts with a brief meditation, followed by a discussion of the Buddhist ethical principle of non-harm and how it is applied practically. We’ll also explore some of the nutri... Read more

Children’s Sangha Gathering

Children’s Sangha Gathering

Event Date: Sunday, December 9, 2:30-3pm


Children’s Sangha gatherings are a wonderful way to introduce Buddhism and mindfulness to your young ones. Each month, Alisha offers a unique and lovely occasion for you to share with your children and the Aryaloka community. 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 t... Read more

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, December 14 – Sunday, December 16

In yoga we seek to find suitable grounding and remain aware of the transitions we make through shifting poses, all the while keeping the breath alive and vital in our practice. So too in meditation we must stay grounded while being open to our changing experience, perhaps anchored by the sensations of the breath. For this weekend retreat we will blend the approaches of yoga and meditation to reach a deeper expression of each. All the while cultivating both inner and outer awareness.

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Winter Stillness Retreat

Winter Stillness Retreat

Event Dates: December 26, 2018 – December 31, 2018


Tis the season to be still! Tis the season to reflect!

Amidst the activity and busyness of the holidays it’s important to take time to slow down and appreciate the moment. This special annual retreat falling between Christmas and New Year’s gives us a chance to do just that and rediscover the peace and love of the season.

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 sil... Read more

The True Individual: Regional Sangha Retreat

The True Individual: Regional Sangha Retreat

Event Dates: January 18, 2019 – January 21, 2019


Join us for our annual gathering and celebration of sangha!

This year’s theme is the True Individual, one of Sangharakshita’s signature teachings. A true individual is someone who has developed a strong self-awareness that doesn’t rely on convention or social identity for a sense of purpose in life. Instead, they’re guided by their relationship with a deeper reality – the way things really are. They confidently stand on their own two feet and at the same time live in harmony ... Read more