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:

Wednesday Evenings in the Garden

Wednesday Evenings in the Garden

Event Dates: Wednesday July 2, 2014 – Wednesday September 3, 2014

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Here’s an opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends, in the peaceful Aryaloka gardens. Every Wednesday evening during the summer we will be gathering to help beautify Aryaloka’s grounds, plantin... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday nights August 19, 2014 – September 2, 2014

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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 new series. Meditation Tune-Up Evenings have three separate groups, cafe style, focusing o... Read more

Upcoming Tuesday Friends’ Nights at UU Fellowship

Upcoming Tuesday Friends’ Nights at UU Fellowship

Event Dates: Tuesday nights, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

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Aryaloka’s building will be closed for a variety of retreats in September, but our Tuesday Friends’ Nights will still be going strong at a different (temporary) venue on the following dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30.

The Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has been ver... Read more

The Public Ordination of Eric Wentworth

The Public Ordination of Eric Wentworth

Event Dates: Wednesday September 17, 2014 – Wednesday September 17, 2014

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Everyone is invited to witness the public ordination of Eric Wentworth! Light refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 PM. The Ordination ceremony will begin at 7 PM. Because of the expected large crowd, please... Read more

Book Launch – “Eight Step Recovery”

Book Launch – “Eight Step Recovery”

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

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Join the Aryaloka Community in welcoming visiting author and Order member Vimalasara (Valerie Mason-John), who will be launching and speaking about the new book she has written with Paramabandhu entitled “Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction”. ... Read more

Open Meditation Session

Open Meditation Session

Event Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays October 7, 2014 – December 30, 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 discuss... Read more

As Metta Unfolds: Intermediate Meditation Course

As Metta Unfolds: Intermediate Meditation Course

Event dates: October 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, & November 5th.

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In five weeks of evening sessions we will enter the realms of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. What if you were more kind to yourself? What if you could develop greater compassion for everyone in this ch... Read more

Autumn Joy: A weekend of mindful hiking and biking

Autumn Joy: A weekend of mindful hiking and biking

Event Dates: Friday October 10, 2014 – Sunday October 12, 2014

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Join Arjava and Haley Koperski for a weekend of mindful activity in the outdoors. This retreat includes two days of bringing mindfulness into action, in contact with nature – with a full day of hiking and a second day of biking, interspersed with mindfulness activities and daily reflect... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday October 15, 2014 – Wednesday November 5, 2014

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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... Read more

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights,  October 17th, 24th, & 31st, November 7th, 21st, & 28th

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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..... Read more

Young Sangha Gathering

Young Sangha Gathering

Event Dates: Sunday October 19, 2014 – Sunday October 19, 2014

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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 cra... Read more

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Event Dates: Sunday October 19, 2014 – Sunday October 19, 2014

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Do you ever wonder if there is more to meditation practice than you are experiencing? When practicing the Mindfulness of Breathing, do you sometimes wonder what to do after you get to 10? Does your mind wander more than ... Read more

Bodhisattvas at Play – Fall Work Weekend

Bodhisattvas at Play – Fall Work Weekend

Event Dates: Saturday October 25, 2014 – Sunday October 26, 2014

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Please join us for our fall work days on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 25th! This is a great chance to practice generosity and to work together with friends from the Aryaloka sangha to create beauty and harmony inside and outside. We will be cleaning, tidying, working in the gardens an... Read more

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Event Dates: Friday October 31, 2014 – Sunday November 2, 2014

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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

Aryaloka Arts Night

Aryaloka Arts Night

Event Dates: Sunday November 2, 2014 – Sunday November 2, 2014

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An evening with the arts at Aryaloka, featuring Virginia Peck, a well-known artist who exhibited at the first Aryaloka Arts Night several years ago. This will be the artist’s reception for the exhibition “The Faces of the Buddha” on view at Aryaloka from September 23 through November 18. Besides a talk by Virginia Pe... Read more

Sangha Day

Sangha Day

Event Dates: Saturday November 8, 2014 – Saturday November 8, 2014

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“The growth of the sangha should be expected… so long as they meet together frequently and in large numbers…”
~ The Buddha, Mahaparinibbana Sutta

On Saturday, November 23, the Aryaloka community will be joi... Read more

Buddhas in the Air

Buddhas in the Air

Event Dates: Sunday November 9, 2014 – Sunday November 9, 2014

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In this workshop we will do the joyful practice of chanting together. No prior experience or skill is required, only a willingness to let air and energy flow through you in the name of the Buddhas. We will do some meditation together, some physical movement and warm-ups, and plenty of chanting.

We will use the names ... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Tuesday November 11, 2014 – Tuesday November 18, 2014

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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... Read more

Exploring Mindfulness: The joy of bringing awareness into our daily lives

Exploring Mindfulness: The joy of bringing awareness into our daily lives

Event Dates: Saturday November 22, 2014 – Saturday November 22, 2014

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Are you ready to take your mindfulness to a deeper level? Treat yourself to a relaxing and spacious day of mindfulness practice, including meditation, activities, noble silence, gentle yoga, and small group discussion. This mini-retreat will offer you practical wa... Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday November 23, and 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 Eb... 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

Young Sangha Gathering

Young Sangha Gathering

Event Dates: Sunday December 14, 2014 – Sunday December 14, 2014

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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 c... Read more