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:

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

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

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

Men’s 2018 GFR Retreat

Men’s 2018 GFR Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, September 7, 2018 – Sunday, September 16, 2016


The 2018 Men’s Going for Refuge Retreat will take place on Friday, Sept. 7th – Sunday, Sept. 16th. More details about the theme of the retreat will be forthcoming.

Please Note: This retreat is open only to Men currently in the Ordination Process for the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Sliding Scale:$565/440/300. You may pay a $100 deposit to hold your spot and pay the remaining balan... Read more

Order Mitra Day with Nagabodhi: The Honeyball Sutta

Order Mitra Day with Nagabodhi: The Honeyball Sutta

Event Date: September 22, 10 am – 4 pm


The Honeyball Sutta is a short story with a substantial cast of characters: some early monks, an arrogant  man with a long stick, and the Buddha himself.

The teaching at its heart is brief and cryptic, a lightening-glimpse into the Buddha’s understanding of the way our brains and minds work. Short though the teaching is, the Buddha offered it as a way to communicate the significance of his entire teaching.  It speak... 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

Feel of the Needle: The Rakusu Project

Feel of the Needle: The Rakusu Project

Exhibition Date: October 1 – November 30


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

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

Meditation Practice Day

Meditation Practice Day

Event Dates: Saturday, October 13, 2018


Come and experience a day of silence and meditation. This meditation practice day is a chance to meditate in supportive conditions: stillness, silence, and in the company of like-minded friends. Enjoy meditation in Aryaloka’s beautiful shrine room, circumambulate the stupa on an early spring day, sit quietly with a cup of tea during breaks. A minimum donation of $20 is requested to offset the costs of the day; more than $20 is gratefu... 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’ll... 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