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:

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday April 5th, May 3rd , June 7th


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 ... Read more

Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

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


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. Everyone is welcome to attend. Some guidance will be provided for those new to meditation, but anyone lookin... Read more

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights


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 that include a full moon puja are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Read mo

Path of Practice Group

Path of Practice Group

Year-long monthly workshop series
Event Dates: 
 2nd Sunday of each month
January 11, 2015 – Sunday December 14, 2015
Register for this Event (please register for the full year by January 11, 2015)


“If we want to make progress [on the Buddhist Path] and continue to make progress there ... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays, January 20 – March 24, 2015


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 in our own lives. Although there is no fee for this event, donations are appreciated. Read more

Dhardo Rinpoche’s Visit

Dhardo Rinpoche’s Visit

In March we are pleased and honored to once again welcome Dhardo Rinpoche to Triratna Centers on the East Coast. His visit from his monastery in India offers a special opportunity for our sangha to experience his wisdom, sincerity, and kindness in person. In addition to meeting with people individually, Dhardo Rinpoche will also be leading some public events:

On Sunday March 8 he will be dedicating the stupa and leading a Guru Puja. Read more

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday March 12 – Sunday March 15, 2015
Register for this Event


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. It will gi... Read more

The Practical Aspects of Dying

The Practical Aspects of Dying

Event Dates: Saturday March 21, 2015
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Living Joyfully, Dying Peacefully Workshop series

This workshop will guide participants in clarifying their wishes for end-of-life care, and help them navigate the medical environment of the end-of-life stages. Read more

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: The Dharma at Work

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: The Dharma at Work

Event Date: Sunday, March 22 |  6pm-8pm


If you’re a New England Triratna sangha member in your 20s and 30s (or thereabouts and young at heart) please join us for the second gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

This Month: The Dharma at Work

We’ll be talking about Right Livelihood and finding meaning in our career, ethics in the workplace, finding stillness amid the demands of work life, and more…

These monthly gatherings are a great chance to get together with other young sangha members to hang out, get to... Read more

Mindful Eating Retreat: After The First Bite

Mindful Eating Retreat: After The First Bite

Event Dates: Friday March 27 – 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
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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 evil like hatred, and no fortitude like ... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening with Mitra Ceremonies

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening with Mitra Ceremonies

Event Dates: Tuesday, March 31st


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.

We’ll be having a potluck dinner beginning at 5:30, where we can share a yummy meal with each other, meet new friends, and catch up with old ones!

Then, mitra ceremonies will be held from 7:00 to 8:00, followed by exciting new... Read more

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Metta

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Metta

Event Dates: Saturday April 4, 2015
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This workshop is an intensive introduction to the Metta Bhavana (Loving-kindness) meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught. Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday, April 7th


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 on meditation posture, issues and obstacles in meditating, and dropping the counting in the Mindfulness of Breathing practice.

Friends Nights at... Read more

Fundraising Auction

Fundraising Auction

Event Dates: Friday, April 10, 2015


Update: Check out the items available at the auction here!

It’s back!!! After a several year hiatus the Aryaloka Fundraising Auction will be held on Friday, April 10. The evening will include:

  • Silent auction from 5 – 8 pm (some items will be available for bidding several days beforehand)
  • Mouthwatering desserts
  • Live auction begins at 7 PM
  • Auctioneers D... Read more

Movie Night: Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama

Movie Night: Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama

Event Dates: Saturday April 11, 2015


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 enjoy the film!

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, April 11

Filmmak... Read more

Triratna Community Day

Triratna Community Day

Event Dates: Saturday, April 11th


On Saturday April 11, the Aryaloka and Portsmouth Buddhist Center sanghas will join together to celebrate the 48th birthday of the Triratna Buddhist Community. The festivities will begin at 3 PM with selection video shorts highlighting Triratna activities around the world. A meditation and celebratory puja will follow at 4 PM. We’ll conclude with a pot luck dinner at 5:30 pm. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

Ever... Read more

Intermediate Meditation Course: Meditation: Not Just a Merry-Go-Round

Intermediate Meditation Course: Meditation: Not Just a Merry-Go-Round

Event Dates: 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings, April 15 – May 20, 7 – 9 pm


In this ‘intermediate’ meditation course we’ll work with the foundation practices of Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (and Brahmaviharas if you know them). We’ll take an honest look at our practice of meditation and explore how to progress and transform in a meaningful way. We do not want to simply go round and round in mental habits. We want to slow th... Read more

The Encounter with Prince Abhaya: A Weekend Retreat for Men

The Encounter with Prince Abhaya: A Weekend Retreat for Men

Event Dates: Friday, April 17th – Sunday, April 19th


This weekend retreat for men will be devoted to the theme, In Harmony with Friends and Brethren. We will include the Prince Abhaya Sutta from the Pali Canon as one part of a broader theme of maintaining harmony with those close to us. We will be exploring the importance of like-minded companions in living a spiritual life and how this network of friends can build and maintain a vital spiritual community. The importance of c... Read more

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: Quenching the Fire of Craving

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: Quenching the Fire of Craving

Event Date: Sunday, April 26 |  6pm-8pm


If you’re a New England Triratna sangha member in your 20s and 30s (or thereabouts and young at heart) please join us for the second gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

This Month: Quenching the Fire of Craving

Modern culture, especially for young people, is constantly encouraging us to spin on a never-ending wheel of wanting more and better and faster and newer – but when is it enough? Where does all this craving get us, and how can we be satisfied with what’s really impo... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: 4 Consecutive Wednesdays, May 6th – May 27th 10am -12pm


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 pract... Read more

Movie Night: Samsara

Movie Night: Samsara

Event Dates: Saturday May 9, 2015


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 enjoy the film!

Samsara, May 9

Samsara explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of humanity’s spi... Read more

Bodhisattvas at Play – Spring Work Weekend

Bodhisattvas at Play – Spring Work Weekend

Event Dates: Saturday, May 16, 2015  &  Sunday, May 17, 2015

Register for this Event


Please join us for our spring work days on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th! This is a great chance to practice generosity and to work together with friends from the Aryaloka sangha to create beauty and harmony insi... Read more

Compassionate Presence Retreat

Compassionate Presence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, May 22, 2015 – Sunday May 24, 2015


This retreat is an excellent chance for sangha members to spend some extended time with one another on retreat and discuss practicing compassion. The weekend will be led by visiting Triratna Order member Shantigarbha, an expert in Non-Violent Communication and the leader of several events on this topic at Aryaloka in past years. The focus of the retreat will be, “How do we really live compassion in our live... Read more

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: Dharma Practice in the Age of Facebook

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: Dharma Practice in the Age of Facebook

Event Date: Sunday, May 24 |  6pm-8pm


If you’re a New England Triratna sangha member in your 20s and 30s (or thereabouts and young at heart) please join us for the second gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

This Month: Dharma Practice in the Age of Facebook

Coming of age at the birth of the internet presents new challenges to young people living a Buddhist life. How should we reconcile sangha with social media, patience and reflection with instant answers on Google, mindfulness and ethics with texting and commenting? In th... Read more

Order Weekend: Dharma Practice in the Order – The Effective Cultivation of Insight

Order Weekend: Dharma Practice in the Order – The Effective Cultivation of Insight

Event Dates: Friday, June 5th – Sunday, June 7th


As Order members we have received a considerable treasury of teachings – how are we getting on with putting these teachings into practice, with developing Insight into them? Sangharakshita’s recent communications on the nature of the Order and its System of Practice show that the cultivation of insight is vital. In talks, dialogue and guided meditations Kamalashila will offer pointers on how we can cultivate and susta... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, June 14th


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 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 ve... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday June 19 – 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 precepts is wo... Read more