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 – Spring/Summer 2017

Vajra Bell – Spring/Summer 2017

   In this issue

  • Waking up in Times of Stress
  • Practicing Loving Kindness as an Humanitarian
  • Pilgrimage to India
  • Triratna Celebrates 50 Years: ‘Working it Out as We Go,’
  • Interview with Dh. Viriyagita
  • Channeling Cassandra: Aryaloka Depends On Your Support
  • Generosity is an “Act of True Freedom”
  • Board of Directors Notes
  • Sangha notes from Portsmouth, Nagaloka, Concord, San Francisco, Missoula, and... Read more

Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 to 10 am


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

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Autumn Series, Ethics in Everyday Life

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Autumn Series, Ethics in Everyday Life

Event Dates: Begins Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:15 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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to h... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesdays, September 6 – September 27, 2017


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 practice th... Read more

Mandala Evening: The Dharma as Recovery from Samsara

Mandala Evening: The Dharma as Recovery from Samsara

Event Date: Tuesday, September 26, 6:45 – 9:15 pm

Once a quarter, the entire sangha will gather together at Aryaloka for an extra special, extra inspiring, community-building event. These Mandala Evenings are opportunities for all members of the sangha – Order members, Mitras, Friends – to gather together for collective practice, study, friendship, and rejoicing.

Mandala Evening will take place during Tuesday Friends Night. Check our website and Facebook for details about e... Read more

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Event Dates: Sunday, October 1, 2017


This month expand your meditation practice and join Order member Lilasiddhi in an intensive Saturday workshop called Moving Into the Dhyanas!

The Dhyanas – concentrated states of mind characterized by calm, presence, and joy – are attainable by everyone. This workshop will explore these refined mental states and provide tools to help us experience them more readily during meditation.

The teacher for the class is Dh. Lilasiddhi. Her Sanskrit name translates as “spiritual and mundane accomplishments throu... Read more

Training the Mind in Bodhicitta: Urban-Style Order Retreat

Training the Mind in Bodhicitta: Urban-Style Order Retreat

Event Dates: Weekend: Friday, October 6 -Sunday October 8; Full week: Friday, October 6 – Friday, October 13; day retreat options available throughout the week


Please note that this retreat is only for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

‘Wherever there is space, beings exist, and all of them live in suffering. Why make distinctions between them, welcoming some as loving friends and excluding others as hostile enemies?’

~ Dilgo Khyentse R... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: October 13, November 3, December 15


 Join us 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.

Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

... Read more

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event date: October 14, 2017, 9 am – 1 pm


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 into... Read more

Shibui: Ink, Paper, Stone Exhibition

Shibui: Ink, Paper, Stone Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: October 15 – November 30. Opening reception October 15.


Coupling Rona Conti’s  elegant, graceful, sweep of black ink on absorbent paper, wi... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Ambedkar Day Celebration

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Ambedkar Day Celebration

Event Dates: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 during Friends Night


This event will mark the 61st anniversary of the occasion on which 400,000 people converted to Buddhism under the leadership of Dr. Ambedkar. 

The great leader and reformer Dr. Ambedkar was born into one of the lowest social castes in India, but died as a highly respected reformer, scholar, and Buddhist. During his radical life he became a transformer of unjust social life in India.... Read more

Sangha Retreat: Spiral and Mandala ~ Charting the Inner Way, a Retreat for the Northeast Triratna Sangha

Sangha Retreat: Spiral and Mandala ~ Charting the Inner Way, a Retreat for the Northeast Triratna Sangha

Event Dates: Friday, October 20, 2017 – Sunday, October 22, 2017


A sangha retreat, for friends, mitras and Order members across the region; this retreat will be suitable for people just getting their feet on a path and for people who’ve been walking for ages. The retreat aims to ‘inspire and guide’ through collective practice as a sangha.

Prior experience with meditation will be very helpful, though some of the meditations will be guided. The r... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Saturday, October 28 (rain date October 29)


This month we will be taking a hike up Blue Job Mountain in Farmington / Rochester, NH.   This event is by donation. However, it is important that you register so we know how many are coming and will wait for everyone at the parking area before heading up the trail. Information and directions to Blue Job here. For sa... Read more

Aryaloka’s Annual Silent Auction

Aryaloka’s Annual Silent Auction

Event Dates: October 30th – November 4th

You can help make this event a success!
Donations, donations, donations! We’re looking for unique, new items as well as personal services. Be creative! Past donations have included handmade jewelry and scarves, dinner for 6 in the donor’s home, sailing lessons, massage, personal decluttering, etc…
Bring people! The auction is an enjoyable and fun way to support Aryaloka.
How to donate to the auction:
Items an... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: November 3, December 15


 Join us 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.

Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone w... Read more

Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

Event Dates: Sunday, November 5, 2017, 9am – 1pm


This workshop is an intensive introduction to the Metta Bhavana 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 flowers into compassion an... Read more

Write Here, Write Now

Write Here, Write Now

Event Date: Sunday November 5, 2017, 9 am to 5 pm


Beginning and experienced writers are invited to join Barbara Steiner for a day-long creative writing workshop at Aryaloka Buddhist Center. Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, we’ll write in response to exercises (which you are free to ignore) designed to help us bypass our inner critic and write from what comes to us. We’ll be invited to share what we’ve written, and respond to each other’s ... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – Tuesday, November 14, 2017


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. The five precepts are ethical guideli... Read more

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesdays, November 15, 2017 – December 20, 2017


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... Read more

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, November 17, 2017 – Sunday, November 19, 2017


What does it means to live mindfully? How do we bring more calm and inner clarity into our daily lives? How can we stay confident and purposeful when times get rough? This gentle introductory retreat is open to all, especially those with no prior experience with meditation or Buddhism.

We will explore the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness in a down-to-earth, practical way through meditation, discussi... Read more

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, December 1, 2017 – Sunday, December 3, 2017


For centuries the benefits of yoga and meditation have been well known. Both can help us to achieve better mind/body integration. This weekend retreat will combine periods of body movement, meditation, reflection, silence as well as good friendship. While some experience in yoga, meditation or both could be helpful, this retreat is suitable for participants at all levels. All you need is a bit of curiosity and a willingness to let go of the hectic world for a day or two.

Molly Schlan... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: December 15


 Join us 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.

Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familia... Read more

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, February 16, 2018 – Sunday, February 18, 2018


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.

The three steps include checking in, noticing aspects of our experience, and bringing kindness to whatever arises.... Read more