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:

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Spring Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Spring Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays, May 17, 2016 – July 12, 2016


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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory... Read more

Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesday and Thursday Mornings


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 looking for an in-depth introduction ... Read more

Monday Morning Open Meditation Practice

Monday Morning Open Meditation Practice

Event Dates: Monday Mornings


Everyone is welcome to join us for Monday morning meditation practice. There are two meditation periods, one from 7:00 a.m. till 8:00 a.m., a great way to start your work week, and another from 8:30 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. The First meditation session includes chanting the refuges and precepts, and a three fold puja. From 8:30 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. we offer a silent open meditation session.

We have added this practice time because our Tuesday and Thursday morning meditations have been well attended and we want to offer supp... Read more

Teen Night

Teen Night

Event Dates: Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, May 3rd, and June 7th


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

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sundays, Jan. 3rd, Feb. 7th, Mar. 6th, May. 1st, and Jun. 5th


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 neces... Read more

Visions of Impermanence: Art Exhibit

Visions of Impermanence: Art Exhibit

Event Dates: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – Tuesday, June 7, 2016


This spring Aryaloka has the Visions of Impermanence Art Exhibit on view featuring the art of Tom Gaillard and Deb Howard.

The art exhibit is on view in the yoga room from Tuesday, April 19th – Tuesday, June 7th, Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tom Gaillard and Deb Howard have deeply reflected on the nature of impermanence and translated their perception into artistic expression. This art exhibit will give you an appreciation of the impertine... Read more

Buddhist Action Month 2016

Buddhist Action Month 2016

Event dates: June 2016


bodhisattva activity in the 21st century

Buddhist Action Month (BAM) is a festival of Buddhist social action in many forms. It is an international festival, celebrated by may Triratna centers and other Buddhist groups, and it’s fueled by metta. Metta is the strong intention to create Loving Kindness for all, and it’s embodied in the desire to act for the benefit of the world. Practicing this is at the heart of everything we do in ... Read more

Opening to the Heart’s Wisdom Meditation Retreat

Opening to the Heart’s Wisdom Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 3, 2016 – Sunday, June 5, 2016


“May my heart always be open to little birds” – EE Cummings

An intensive meditation weekend inviting the heart to be open and listening deeply to what it is trying to tell us. Just sitting with the wisdom of the heart, we are breathing in the world and breathing out our influence on the world, allowing the mysterious process of the bodhichitta to manifest in our experience. Come along and find out where your heart will take you. This meditation weekend retr... Read more

Becoming a Buddhist, book launch and author’s reception

Becoming a Buddhist, book launch and author’s reception

Event date: Sunday June 12, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Kavyadrishti’s long awaited book of poems, Becoming a Buddhist, is finally available! She will be reading from it and signing copies at a book launch and reception on June 12, 3 – 5 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please bring a refreshment to share.

Kavyadrishti attended her first then-FWBO meditation class in Maine over twenty years ago, where she helped organize a local sangha, and later moved t... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 17, 2016 – Monday, June 27, 2016


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 guidelines that bring about peace and harmony to the world.

This retreat is ideal for anyone w... Read more

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesdays, July 6, 2016 – August 10, 2016


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 become more at ease, to know our own minds more fully.

Buddhist teachings we’ll explore will incl... Read more

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Saturday, July 9, 2016


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 itself.

These monthly introductory workshops alterna... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sundays, Jul. 10th, Aug. 14th, Nov. 13th, and Dec. 18th


These classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. The class 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. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed.

These gatherings are a wonderful way to introduce Buddhism and mindfulness to your young o... Read more

Path of Practice: The Importance of Wisdom

Path of Practice: The Importance of Wisdom

Event Dates: Saturday, July 16, 2016


The Triratna Path of Practice offers a framework for the spiritual life, based on Buddhadharma as interpreted by Triratna’s founder, Sangharakshita. The Path consists of five distinct aspects or stages: Peace, Happiness, Wisdom, Freedom of Heart and Mind, and Spontaneous Compassionate Activity. One moves in and through the different aspects in cycles, revisiting each aspect at different times and varying depths.

In 2016 Aryaloka will be delving into the Path of Practice, exploring the Path as a whole, each individ... Read more

Mindfulness and Health

Mindfulness and Health

Event Dates: Sunday, July 17, 2016


“Dr. Paul Shagoury (Vidhuma) will review the impact of mindfulness meditation on physical and emotional health. The presentation will include a working definition of mindfulness along with a review and summary of research on mindfulness and several specific health concerns including stress, depression, cancer, and anxiety. The presentation will also discuss mindfulness and other important factors conducive to resilience and overall well-being.

Dr. Paul Shagoury (Dh. Vidhuma) received his PhD in Clinical Psychology in... Read more

Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat

Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Several days of stillness, silence, and meditation can be an important means to deeper understanding of ourselves and the Dharma. Through reading and study, classes, and participation in sangha life, the Buddhist way of life gradually permeates. Retreat time helps our learning soak through to our core, so that we are more consistently and fully expressing kindness and wisdom in our lives.

On this retreat we will have several formal meditation sessions each day, including the practice of... Read more

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, July, 29, 2016 – Sunday, July 31, 2016


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 each. All the while cultivating both inner and outer awareness.

The retr... Read more

Silence and Stillness – A One Day Meditation Retreat

Silence and Stillness – A One Day Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Saturday, August 20, 2016


Come and experience a day of quiet meditation on a long summer’s day. The Silence and Stillness retreat is a one day retreat dedicated to building a meditation practice. We will provide the time and space for growing a meaningful personal practice. This retreat is suitable for all levels, although most beneficial for anyone who has taken an Introduction to Meditation class. After the introductory portion of the day, we will be in silence, with light instruction, until the concluding discussion at the end of the day... Read more

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates:  Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, – Sunday, Aug 28, 2016


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 give you an idea of what to expect on the longer retreat and also what you may encounter as you go deeper within your practice.

The Noble Silence retreats are open to people who have al... Read more

Men’s GFR Retreat

Men’s GFR Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, September 9, 2016 – Sunday, September 18, 2016


The 2016 Men’s Going for Refuge Retreat will take place on Friday, Sept. 9th – Sunday, Sept. 18th.

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

Payment Instructions:

Deposit: Below please pay $100 to hold your spot for the retreat.

Sliding Scale after deposit is paid:$575/$440/$350
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Ethics to Insight: Women’s Going For Refuge Retreat

Ethics to Insight: Women’s Going For Refuge Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, October 14, 2016 – Wednesday, October 26, 2016


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

“It is quite important to be sure within oneself whether one is really leading a moral life or just respecting the prejudices of the group within which one happens to be.” (Sangharakshita)

We will explore the relationship between our actions, our speech and our minds, and what it means for us to take on the ten precepts at ordination. We ... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, November, 16, 2016 – Tuesday, November, 22, 2016


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.

Participants will have the opportunity for daily, individual conversations with retreat leaders about their meditation... Read more

Sublime Composure: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Sublime Composure: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, December 2, 2016 – Sunday, December 4, 2016


With yoga and meditation we can cultivate a beautiful tranquility in the body and heart. We will explore how each practice enriches the other, contributing to a sustained calm that can change the way we live and our perception of the world around us.

Suitable both for beginners and experienced practitioners, we will learn the ancient Buddhist meditation practice of mindfulness of breathing, and the subtlety of practicing Ashtanga Yoga, focusing on pranayama, the Ashtanga asana sequence,... Read more

Winter Meditation Retreat

Winter Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: December 23, 2016 – Saturday, December 31, 2016


Tis the season to be still! Tis the season to reflect!

As we enter the depths of winter we will use the opportunity of this end of year retreat to do two things: We will simply enjoy days of shared stillness, deep silence and meditation, and we will quietly reap the benefits this will inevitably bring.

For those who want to, we will also engage in the practice of some structured reflections that are pertinent to the year’s end. We may, for example, get in touch with what has positi... Read more

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