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 and Thursday Mornings, On going beginning September 8, 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... Read more

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights July 10th & 24th


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 more

Transcendental Principle Retreat

Transcendental Principle Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 to Sunday, August 23, 2015


Please note: This retreat is not open to the public. This GFR (Going For Refuge) retreat is for women in the ordination process only.

Pre-requisites: This retreat is for women who are in the ordination preparation process for the Triratna Buddhist Order. This is the most advanced of all the Going for Refuge r... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Nights at The Durham UU Fellowship

Tuesday Friends’ Nights at The Durham UU Fellowship

Event Dates: Tuesday Evenings, August 18th, August 25th and September 1st


Please note: Friends’ Night will be held at The Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Tuesday, 8/18, 8/25, and 9/1. The Fellowship is located at 20 Madbury Road, in Durham, NH. (For information and directions, visit www.uudurham.com)

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:15 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... Read more

Meditation and Puja for Sangharakshita’s 90th Birthday

Meditation and Puja for Sangharakshita’s 90th Birthday

Event Dates: Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Urgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community, celebrates his 90th birthday this month. Join Dharmachari Satyada in a meditation and puja on this auspicious occasion. The quiet celebration will begin with a meditation at 7 pm, followed by a seven-fold puja. There is no charge or registration necessary, just stop by for an opportunity to practice with others and send well-wishing to Sangharakshita as he enters his 91st year. Any donations collected will be sent to theRead more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Fall Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Fall Series

Event Dates: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – October 27, 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.

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 intro... Read more

As Metta Unfolds: Intermediate Meditation Course

As Metta Unfolds: Intermediate Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday Evenings, September 9, 2015 – October 7, 2015


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 challenging world? What is the gateway to joy? And is it really possible to be calm and even-minded in the face of everything life throws at us? Come to this series of classes if you have been meditating for a while and wonder where the heart fits in. ... Read more

Meet the Aryaloka President

Meet the Aryaloka President

Event Dates: Thursday, September 10, 2015


Want to meet Dh. Nagabodhi, the Aryaloka President? Join us on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00 p.m. for a gathering to meet the president and to share a delicious pot luck meal and discussion! Bring your curiosity to the discussion and vegetarian dish to share. Nagabodhi is a senior Order member living in the United Kingdom. He visits Aryaloka annually and is especially skilled in leading study on this important text. Nagabodhi has much insight to share into Aryaloka and the dharma. The evening is sure to be a de... Read more

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights, September, 11th & 18th


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.

Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxin... Read more

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Bodhicaryavatara

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Bodhicaryavatara

Event Dates: Saturday, September 12, 2015


The Ancient Wisdom Study Days are an opportunity for in-depth study of traditional Buddhist texts with Aryaloka’s senior Dharma teachers.

What is the point of the ‘Sevenfold Puja’? Why did Sangharakshita extract a series of verses from an 8th century Sanskrit text, the Bodhicaryavatara, garnish them with some extra chants and mantras, and turn them into a collective devotional ritual for the new Buddhist community he was establishing back in 1967?

To understand what was on his mind, and to ... Read more

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

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday, September 13, 2015


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 very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed. The second hour is for ages 10 to 17. Dur... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: 4 Consecutive Wednesdays, September 16, 2015 – October 7, 2015 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 Buddhis... Read more

Autumn Open House

Autumn Open House

Event date: Saturday, September 19, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Visit Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket, NH during our Open House on September 19!

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about our Buddhist Center and to get a formal introduction, this is an excellent opportunity. So, stop by any time between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and experience the tranquility and beauty of Aryaloka – a place of deep harmony and inspiration.

Take a tour of bu... Read more

Movie Night: The Burmese Harp

Movie Night: The Burmese Harp

Event Dates: Saturday, September 19, 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 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

The Burmese Harp, Sept. 19th 

Set in Japan in the final days of World War II, a private, thought to be ... Read more

Women’s Practice Day

Women’s Practice Day

Event Dates: Sunday, September 20, 2015


Women’s Practice Day at Aryaloka makes it return!

Please join us on Sunday, September 20th for a Women’s Practice Day open to all women of any experience level. We will have a full day devoted to the Brahma Viharas, a meditation practice that
helps us build positive emotion. The day will begin with an introduction to the four stages of the
Brahma Viharas – loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. There will be some teaching and discussion, but the majority of the day will be ... Read more

A Year of Silence

A Year of Silence

Event Dates: Sunday, September 20, 2015


Kiranada has been in a small hut on a windy precipice overlooking a valley in the Coromandel Wilderness of New Zealand for a year. She sat in silence, alone and seeing no one. She is home now, has found her voice and is willing to share some of her experience of a year in solitude on a Buddhist retreat. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck.

You won’t want to miss this special gathering to learn about Kiranada’s extraordinary  experience. If you ever wanted to learn more about sile... Read more

Monday Morning Open Meditation Practice

Monday Morning Open Meditation Practice

Event Dates: Ongoing beginning Monday, September 21, 2015


On Monday September 21 we will begin a Monday morning open meditation practice. There will be two meditation periods, one from 7am till 8am, a great way to start your work week, and another from 8:30 till 10:00am. The second meditation session will begin with refuges and precepts, three fold puja, and then a meditation period till 10am. We have added this practice time because our Tuesday and Thursday morning meditations have been well attended and we want to offer support to everyone... Read more

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, September 24, 2015– Sunday, September 27, 2015


Yoga and Buddhism may be described as complex spiritual traditions, each teaching us about ourselves and our way in the world. Both traditions, while drawing upon mind and body practices, turn our attention inward, paving the way to a path of awareness and awakening.

In this retreat there will be a weaving together of the similarities and differences of these practices. There will be an invitation to explore how the practices of Yoga and Budd... Read more

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout

Event Dates: Sunday, September 27, 2015 6-8pm


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 third gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

These monthly gatherings are a great chance to get together with other young sangha members to hang out, get to know each other, and talk about various issues and topics. Come be a part of the creation of our fledgling gang of Dharma practitioners!Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday, September 27th, November 22nd, December 6th


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 w... Read more

Sitting Down and Waking Up: Young Sangha Retreat

Sitting Down and Waking Up: Young Sangha Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, October 2, 2015– Sunday, October 4, 2015


Sign up now for our first Young Sangha retreat! This will be a great chance for Young Sangha members get to know each other much better and to spend the weekend practicing, meditating and exploring the Dharma together.

We’ll be working on meditation practice in this retreat – going more deeply into the foundational forms of meditation taught in our tradition, working with the Five Hindrances or obstacles in meditation, and learning what the relationship is between sitting practice ... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Metta Bhavana

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Metta Bhavana

Event Dates: Saturday, October 10, 2015 9am- 1pm


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.

Metta Bhavana (cultivation of loving-kindness) is a method of working with our hearts and mind together, allowing us to enjoy greater positivity towards others and ourselves. With practice, metta flowe... Read more

Movie Night: The Jew in the Lotus

Movie Night: The Jew in the Lotus

Event Dates: Saturday, October 10, 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 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Movie Night: The Jew in the Lotus, Oct. 10th

Having witnessed the systematic oppression and persecution of h... Read more

Gateways to Buddha Realms, a Mandala Retreat

Gateways to Buddha Realms, a Mandala Retreat

Event Dates: Sunday, October 11, 2015 – Friday, October 16, 2015


On this retreat we will experience a mandala of practices and approaches to enter the Buddha realms. Practices will include meditation, study and exploration of teachings, devotion and ritual, in a container of silence and contemplation. We hope to engage body, speech and mind fully, so that we become more thoroughly integrated and effective in our practice.

We will explore the symbols and te... Read more

Bodhisattvas at Play: Autumn Work Days

Bodhisattvas at Play: Autumn Work Days

Event dates: Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18


Please join us for our autumn work days on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th! 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 and on the grounds – whatever needs doing to make the center shine! No experience necessary.

 

You can come for a whole day or however long is convenient for you – every bit of effort i... Read more

Introduction to Buddhism

Introduction to Buddhism

Event Dates: Saturday, October 24, 2015


In this half day workshop we will explore several fundamental teachings of the Buddhist tradition. We’ll cover such topics as Who was the Buddha? What is the goal of Buddhism? How does one practice as a Buddhist?

Commonly heard teachings such as the Four Noble Truths will be explored in the framework of the Threefold Path: Ethics, Meditation, Wisdom. Were you aware of the strong emphasis on ethics in Buddhism? How does meditation fit in to it? What is the Middle Way?

There is always far more to explore th... Read more

Meditation Tune Up: Developing a Meditation Toolkit

Meditation Tune Up: Developing a Meditation Toolkit

Event Dates: Sunday, October 25, 2015


Join senior meditation teacher Bodhana to learn specific techniques to deepen your meditation practice. Topics covered will be how to move beyond common obstacles in meditation, such as sluggishness and restlessness, and how to recognize and cultivate the qualities of a concentrated mind. There will be plenty of opportunity to practice the techniques being taught and ask questions about one’s own meditation experience.

This class is suitable newcomers as well as any experienced practitioner who would like a refres... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – Tuesday, November 10, 2015


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 opportuni... Read more

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesday Evenings, November 11, 2015 – December 16, 2015


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 ex... Read more

Wisdom of the Body

Wisdom of the Body

Event Dates: Friday, November 13, 2015 – Sunday, November 15, 2015


In meditation, the body and posture are not mere preliminaries. Mindfulness is all about opening up our awareness. And how else would we do that than through our bodies and our senses? The body is THE vehicle with which we take in what our experience has to offer. But how open are we to receiving it?

It is said that if we create auspicious conditions in our body and environment, meditatio... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday, November 15, 2015


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 very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed. The second hour is for ages 10 to 17. Duri... Read more

Movie Night: Himalaya

Movie Night: Himalaya

Event Dates: Friday, November 20, 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 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Himalaya, Nov. 20th 

Filmed over seven months in the forbidden Dolpo region of Nepal, Himalaya tells the sto... Read more

International Urban Retreat: Living in the Greater Mandala

International Urban Retreat: Living in the Greater Mandala

Event Dates: Saturday, November, 21, 2015 – Saturday, November, 28, 2015


The annual International Urban Retreat will be happening at Triratna Centres across the world, and online at thebuddhistcentre.com. It will include content suitable for anyone involved in Triratna and any Order members who want to take part. While the entire retreat can be participated in from home, we will be offering an introduction and several practice and discussion sessions at Aryaloka through the week. During these sessions w... Read more

After the First Bite Professional Mindful Eating Training

After the First Bite Professional Mindful Eating Training

Event Dates: Sunday, November 29, 2015 – Sunday, December 6, 2015


$900 all inclusive if registered by September 15th, $1050 after September 15th.

This 7-day, supervised training is for any healthcare or social service professional who would like to receive additional training in mindful eating. The training offers over 100 hours of supported education to guide professionals to effectively teach mindful eating. Participants need to have previously attended a Mindful Eating weekend retreat. (offered 1-2 times per year at Aryaloka Buddh... Read more

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Event Dates: Friday, December 4, 2015 – Sunday, December 6, 2015


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.

The three steps include checking in, noticing aspects of our experience, and bringing kindness to whatever arises. These three steps can transform any meal into something that goes beyond the nutrients on the plate. The act of eat... Read more

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Revering the Buddha

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Revering the Buddha

Event Dates: Saturday, December 12. 2015


The Ancient Wisdom Study Days are an opportunity for in-depth study of traditional Buddhist texts with Aryaloka’s senior Dharma teachers.

The Sutta-Nipatta is considered the earliest recorded version of the Buddha’s teaching. It is as close as we can get to learning for the Buddha directly. On this study day we will investigate the Hemavata, Purabheda and the Parayana Thuti Gatha suttas of the Sutta Nipata through short talks, discussion, and question and answer sessions. By studying these suttas we will ... Read more

Movie Night: Why has Bodhidharma Left for the East? A Zen Fable

Movie Night: Why has Bodhidharma Left for the East? A Zen Fable

Event Dates: Friday, December 18, 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 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Why has Bodhidharma Left for the East? A Zen Fable, Dec. 18th

A meditative film dealing with Zen Buddhist view... Read more

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Event Dates: Saturday, December 19, 2015


This month expand your meditation practice and join Order member Lilasiddhi in an intensive Saturday workshop called Moving Into the Dhyanas!

The Dhyanas – concentrated states of mind characterized by calm, presence, and joy – are attainable by everyone. This workshop will explore these refined mental states and provide tools to help us experience them more readily during meditation.

The teacher for the class is Dh. Lilasiddhi. Her Sanskrit name translates as “spiritual and mundane accomplishments t... Read more

Winter Meditation Retreat

Winter Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Saturday, December 26, 2015 – Thursday, December 31, 2015


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 ... Read more

Silence and Stillness- A One Day Meditation Retreat

Silence and Stillness- A One Day Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Saturday, January 24, 2016


Come and experience a day of quiet meditation on a long winter’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. T... Read more

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, April 15, 2016 – Sunday, April 17, 2016


What does it means to live mindfully? How do we bring more calm and inner clarity into our daily lives? How can we stay confident and purposeful when times get rough? This gentle introductory retreat is open to all, especially those with no prior experience with meditation or Buddhism.

We will explore the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness in a down-to-earth, practical way through meditation, discussion, and hands-on exercises. We’ll also investigate how to live with greater awareness an... Read more