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, June 30, 2015 – August 4, 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

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Summer Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Summer Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays, June 30, 2015 – August 11, 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 introdu... Read more

Wednesday Evenings In The Garden

Wednesday Evenings In The Garden

Event Dates: Wednesday Evenings, July 1, 2015- August 5, 2015


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, planting, weeding, and whatever light work is needed to keep the gardens fresh and flourishing. No gardening experience is necessary, just a willingness to help out.

Tending to the Aryaloka garden is a joyous experience you wont want to miss. The garden offers us a serene atmosphere for walking medi... Read more

Movie Night: Journey to the West

Movie Night: Journey to the West

Event Dates: Saturday, July 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!

Journey to the West, July 11th

Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow’s Journey to the Wes... Read more

Introduction to Ancient Buddhist Texts: The Jataka Tales

Introduction to Ancient Buddhist Texts: The Jataka Tales

Event Dates: Saturday, July 11, 2015


The Jakata Tales are some of the oldest texts describing the Buddha’s remembrances of his past lives. Resembling folk tales and fables, the stories in this collection contain lessons expressing Buddhist values, such as kindness, generosity, truthfulness. Because they are engaging and simply written, they appeal to a variety of people and are often used to teach children. The characters in these lively stories include humans along with an assortment of animals. We will explore the history of this area of the Pali cannon, l... 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

Sangha Picnic

Sangha Picnic

Event Dates: Sunday July 19, 2015 – Sunday July 19, 2015


Come join us for an afternoon in the sun. This year’s summer picnic will be a POTLUCK at Great Island Commons in Newcastle and we’ll be joined by sangha members from Portsmouth, Portland, Boston, and New York. Great Island Commons has several picnic areas, a large field for games, walks along the sea shore, a beach, a large playground, and spectacular views. Festivities will begin at 11AM  and continue through the a... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Date: Sunday, June 14th, July 25th, September 13th, and November 15th


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 o... Read more

Stupa Visualization: Engine of Enlightenment

Stupa Visualization: Engine of Enlightenment

Event Dates: Saturday, July 25, 2015


Learn a creative, energizing, and inspiring meditation practice based on the traditional forms of a Buddhist stupa.

The stupa practice includes engaging with color, shape, energy, and the elements (earth, water, fire, air, space, consciousness). In it we use imagination, visualization, introspection and concentration. Many enjoy the use of symbol and the connection with energy in the practice. Benefits of the stupa practice are focus, self-awareness, integration of different energies within us, and a way to connect ... Read more

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday, July 26, 2015


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 int... Read more

Aryaloka Artist Reception

Aryaloka Artist Reception

Event Dates: Tuesday, July 28, 2015


We currently have an exhibit of original art by members of the Aryaloka community. Next Tuesday, 7/28, there will be a reception from 6:00-6:45. Many of the artists will be there to talk about their work. Everyone is warmly invited to attend.

Come check out the exquisite art created by your fellow sangha members! This evening is sure to be an inspiring and colorful experience. There is pictures and paintings of Buddhas and flowers and other Buddhist inspired artworks.  This event will take place right before Tuesda... Read more

Dharma Day Celebration

Dharma Day Celebration

Event Dates: Friday, July 31, 2015


Please join us as we celebrate Dharma Day, one of several important Buddhist festivals throughout the year, marking our gratitude for the teachings of the Buddha!

The festival will begin with a short talk on the importance of Dharma Day, which honors the occasion of the Buddha’s first teaching of the Dharma. This will be followed by variety of readings from Buddhist texts and a special puja ceremony in the shrine room based on the Dhammapada.
Everyone is welcome to join the Aryaloka community and take part in ... Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday, August 2nd, October 4th, 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 necess... Read more

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, August 6, 2015 – Sunday, August 9, 2015


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... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.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.

L... 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

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

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

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