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:

New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing

New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing

Event dates: Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Monday, January 1, 2018


If you’re looking for a different way to celebrate the new year on the last night of December, we hope you’ll consider ringing in 2018 at Aryaloka Buddhist Center. We will be hosting a special New Year’s Eve bell-ringing event in our shrine room starring our beautiful big gong which is brought out on special occasions.

All are most welcome to join us in the lounge at 11:15 p.m. on December 31 for tea and conversation. Then we’ll go upstairs to the shrine room and meditate un... Read more

Vajra Bell: Autumn/Winter 2017-2018

Vajra Bell: Autumn/Winter 2017-2018

  • From the Editor: Facing our Shadows of the Past, by Mary Schaefer
  • Create Beauty from our Collective Chaos, by Singhashri
  • Restorative Approach: A ‘Practice’ to Address Issues of the Past and the Future, by Jnanasiddhi
  • Sangha Notes, by Sangha Notes Contributors
  • Sangha Connections: Interview with Vajramati, by Bettye Pruitt
  • Aryaloka Hosts Order Convention for US and Canada, by Samayasri
  • Children’s Sangha: Developing Min... Read more

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: Every Tuesday. New series begins on November 14


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 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 ... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat (rescheduled)

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat (rescheduled)

Event Dates: Thursday, December 14, 2017 – Tuesday, December 19, 2017


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 f... Read more

Mandala Evening: Using the Dharma to Understand – and Overcome – Racial Bias in Ourselves and Our Communities

Mandala Evening: Using the Dharma to Understand – and Overcome – Racial Bias in Ourselves and Our Communities

Event Date: Tuesday, December 19, 6:45 – 9:15 pm

Once a quarter, the entire sangha will gather together at Aryaloka for an extra special, extra inspiring, community-building event. These Mandala Evenings are opportunities for all members of the sangha – Order members, Mitras, Friends – to gather together for collective practice, study, friendship, and rejoicing.

Mandala Evening will take place during Tuesday Friends Night. Check our website and Facebook for deta... 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.The meetings are facilitated by Barry Timmerman, a person in long-term recovery and a committed Buddhist.

The Buddhist Recovery Meetings focus on Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices that can be helpful to people recovering from addictio... Read more

Winter Meditation Retreat

Winter Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: December 27, 2017 –  December 31, 2017


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 positively mot... Read more

Meditate For Peace Day

Meditate For Peace Day

Event Dates: Monday, January 1, 2018


Please join us once again for Meditate for Peace Day. This will be our twelfth annual meditation day at the dawn of the New Year. Join us in the spirit of peace and loving-kindness for the benefit of all beings.

Beginning at 7 a.m., meditation sessions will start every hour on the hour with guided sessions at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. for those new to meditation. There will be a lunch break from 12 to 1 p.m. and light r... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: January 5, 2018


 Join us 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 relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is fa... Read more

Becoming a Vegetarian

Becoming a Vegetarian

Event Date: Sunday, January 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Becoming a Vegetarian’ is a four-hour workshop that will explore how to adopt a vegetarian diet and the reasons Buddhism encourages followers to be vegetarian. We’ll look at the ethical principle of no harm, how the Buddha expressed this, and then spend time preparing and eating a vegetarian lunch. We’ll also explore some of the nutritional principles of giving up eating animal protein. The workshop fee includes foo... Read more

Introduction to Meditation

Introduction to Meditation

Event Dates: Wednesdays, January 10 -31, 2018


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 practice the... Read more

Regional Sangha Retreat: The Bodhisattva Ideal

Regional Sangha Retreat: The Bodhisattva Ideal

Event Dates: Friday, January 12, 2018 – Monday, January 15, 2018


Join us for a regional gathering and celebration of sangha! The theme is the Bodhisattva Ideal, and specifically the Six Perfections. We’ll explore them not only as dharma teachings, but consider how we might cultivate these qualities with each other throughout the weekend.

This retreat was previously known as the Outlying Sanghas Retreat, for the Portland, Boston, and New York Tri... Read more

Transform Your Life with Mindfulness Meditation

Transform Your Life with Mindfulness Meditation

Sunday, January 21, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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... Read more

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Finding Joy in the Songs of Milarepa

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Finding Joy in the Songs of Milarepa

Event Date: Sunday, January 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Come enjoy a day wandering in the mountains of Tibet with Milarepa, ‘yogi saint’ of the tenth century. To find great joy is the aim of Milarepa’s teachings, communicated to his followers through song. We will look at some of these verses, focusing on those that illuminate the great joy of the Dharma. We will also meditate together with inspiration from Milarepa.

From his early years in despair and misery, from en... Read more

Men’s Practice Day

Men’s Practice Day

Event Date: January 28, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm


Men’s Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to study and practice together. Each practice day will include time for meditation, discussion, and relaxing with one another. All men in the sangha are invited to attend. Men’s Days will meet in Akashaloka. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

Men’s Practice Days will be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month.

... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: February 9, 2018


 Join us 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 relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is fa... Read more

Men’s Practice Day

Men’s Practice Day

Event Date: February 25, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm


Men’s Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to study and practice together. Each practice day will include time for meditation, discussion, and relaxing with one another. All men in the sangha are invited to attend. Men’s Days will meet in Akashaloka. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

Men’s Practice Days will be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month.

Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: March 2, 2018


 Join us 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 relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is famil... Read more

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, February 16, 2018 – Sunday, February 18, 2018


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 arise... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: March 30, 2018


 Join us 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 relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is fami... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: April 20, 2018


 Join us 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 relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is fami... Read more