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: Autumn/Winter 2017-2018

Vajra Bell: Autumn/Winter 2017-2018

  • From the Editor: Facing our Shadows of the Past, by Mary Schaefer
  • Create Beauty from our Collective Chaos, by Singhashri
  • Restorative Approach: A ‘Practice’ to Address Issues of the Past and the Future, by Jnanasiddhi
  • Sangha Notes, by Sangha Notes Contributors
  • Sangha Connections: Interview with Vajramati, by Bettye Pruitt
  • Aryaloka Hosts Order Convention for US and Canada, by Samayasri
  • Children’s Sangha: Developing Min... Read more

Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 9:00 – 10:00 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 ... Read more

Tuesday Friends Nights

Tuesday Friends Nights

Event Dates: Tuesdays, 6:45 – 9:15


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are weekly gatherings where we join 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 have prior... Read more

Buddhist Recovery Meetings

Buddhist Recovery Meetings

Event Date: Thursdays, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Meeting weekly on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, the Buddhist Recovery Meetings take place at the Aryaloka Buddhist Center, at the building behind the domes, Akashaloka. Please note: The meetings on January 4 and 11 will be held in Aryaloka, not Akashaloka. The meetings are facilitated by Barry Timmerman, a person in long-term recovery and a committed Buddhist.

The Buddhist Recovery Meetings focus on... Read more

Teen Night

Teen Night

Event Dates: Ongoing, First Tuesday evening of each month


Join Alisha Roberts for Teen Night at Friends Night on the first Tuesday Evening of every month. The teen group will meditate for 40 minutes then come together for discussion.

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 discussion. The emphasis is on practical application of Buddhist principles ... Read more

Images of Asia: Photography Exhibition by Lawrence Elbroch

Images of Asia: Photography Exhibition by Lawrence Elbroch

Event Dates: Opening Reception: Sunday, July 1, 3:00 – 5:00.
Public viewing hours, Monday – Friday, 10 am to 3 pmJuly 2 – August 31; closed July 16, 17, 18, and 27.

Images of Asia: Photography Exhibition by Lawrence Elbroch

The Aryaloka Buddhist Center Gallery welcomes Kittery, Maine’s award winning photographer Lawr... Read more

Regional Dharma Day Celebration 2018

Regional Dharma Day Celebration 2018

Event Date: July 21, 2018


Join us for an epic Dharma Day puja that will invite us to pay homage to the Dharma as it has arisen throughout time. The program will be a ritualized journey through the Three Yanas. We’ll begin with stories from the Pali Canon, followed by reading on the Six Paramitas and culminating in meeting the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who’s mantras we chant to... Read more

The Journey and the Guide – An Intensive Exploration

The Journey and the Guide – An Intensive Exploration

Event Dates: Thursday, July 26 – Sunday, July 29, 2018


On this retreat we’ll explore the fundamental question ‘How do we make the most of our life?’ From the Buddhist perspective the answer to this question is to make progress towards Enlightenment – the quintessence of wisdom, energy and love. But what does that really mean and how, in practice, do we make progress? We’ll explore these questions and try to find direct answers to them using meditation,... Read more

The Great Going Forth: Old Age, Sickness, and Death

The Great Going Forth: Old Age, Sickness, and Death

Event Date: August 11, 2018.  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Just Another Buddhist Good Time!

This workshop is designed for those of us who recognize aging, sickness and death are no longer abstract concepts.We see our own physical and mental changes, and those of our families and friends. We know where they lead. We have passed our youth and now we recognize that our midlife is gone too. Yikes! My hair really is on fire.

What to do ?

This day we will medita... Read more

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Sammaditthi Sutta

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Sammaditthi Sutta

Event Dates: Saturday, August 18, 2018.  9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Buddha’s foremost disciple, Sariputta, was with the Buddha near Savatthi, India.  Followers of the Buddha had traveled a long distance to receive teachings. Sariputta, who was praised by the Buddha for his wisdom, decided to teach about Right View, the first step on the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path to peace and Enlightment.<... Read more

I’ll Meet You There

I’ll Meet You There

Event Dates: Sunday, August 19, 2018.  10:00 am – 4:00 pm


 Led by Shantigarbha

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. – Rumi

We connect with each other in the space that opens up when we let go of our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong. We are connected in such a way that it hardly makes sense to talk about us as separate beings. There’s just a sense of compassion... Read more

The Six Guidelines: 2018 Women’s GFR Retreat

The Six Guidelines: 2018 Women’s GFR Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, August 24 –  Sunday, September 2


This year’s North American Going for Refuge retreat will be investigating the Six Guidelines for Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. What does it mean to be sincerely Going for Refuge or to have an effective practice? Explore these questions, and others, to help understand how you can deepen your practice:

Study Area 1. Sincerity of Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels

Study Ar... Read more

Write Here, Write Now

Write Here, Write Now

Event Date: Sunday September 23, 2018. 9:30 am – 4:30 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 ... Read more

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Event Dates: Saturday, September 29, 2018


Mindfulness is a skill that allows us to shift our relationship to the thoughts and reactions that color and shape the way we experience the events and circumstances of our lives. It can be practiced by anyone, whatever their religious or cultural background, is safe, easy to learn, and opens the way to clear, creative states of mind. It is a proven effective approach to the treatment of stress, depression, and chronic pai... Read more

Transform Your Self and World with Mindfulness Meditation

Transform Your Self and World with Mindfulness Meditation

Sunday, October 14, 9:00 am – 1:00 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 the nature of mind and life... Read more

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28


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 expressio... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, November 7 – Tuesday, November 13, 2018


This intensive retreat creates an atmosphere conducive to extended meditation with the fewest external distractions. Retreat participants will have minimal 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 eth... Read more

Chanting Workshop

Chanting Workshop

Event Date: November 17, 2018.  9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Do you hesitate to chant because you think you can’t sing?
Would you like to feel more confident about chanting in general?
Or do you just want to have some fun chanting for a morning?

Come one, come all to this workshop where we will demystify chanting. We’ll begin with a brief review of the role of chanting in dharma practice, then go straight into a learn-by-doing workshop. We&#... Read more

Order / Mitra Weekend

Order / Mitra Weekend

Event Dates: Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 1, 2018

For Mitras and members of the Triratna Buddhist Order

Save the date!

This event is in the planning process.  More information will follow as it becomes available.

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably... 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... Read more