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


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 t... 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 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 wishing to expand their meditation practice. Please cons... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays, December 1, 2015 – February 9, 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 intr... Read more

Teen Night

Teen Night

Event Dates: Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, April 5th, 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 a... 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

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sundays, January 10th, February 21st, and March 13th


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 ... Read more

Young Sangha Hangout

Young Sangha Hangout

Event Dates: Sundays, Jan. 31st, Feb. 28th, Mar. 20th, Apr. 24th, and May. 29th


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 fourth 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!

The Young Person’s Sangha meets on the fourt... Read more

Path of Practice: Mindfulness: The Key to Peace and Calm

Path of Practice: Mindfulness: The Key to Peace and Calm

Event Dates: Saturday, February 6, 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 indi... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Join us for Cafe Night at Aryaloka! When study series are complete for our Tuesday Friend’s Nights we like to hold these evenings to reconnect before embarking on a new series, and they’re always lots of fun. We’ll be having a potluck dinner beginning at 5:30, where we can share a yummy meal with each other, meet new friends, and catch up with old ones! So please bring a scrumptious dish to share with others…

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, when we gather to meditate and explore aspects of B... Read more

Parinirvana Day

Parinirvana Day

Event Dates: Friday, February 12, 2016


One of the great – and difficult – truths of existence is that of impermanence. All conditioned things are impermanent and what has come into existence will change and one day will cease to exist. Death is one of the things about life that we can depend on. Even the Buddha, enlightened and in complete harmony with Reality, died.

On Parinirvana Day we will gather to embrace this truth and to celebrate the Buddha’s gift of truth with readings from the Parinibbana Sutta, when the Buddha died and entered into pa... Read more

Mandalas as a spiritual practice

Mandalas as a spiritual practice

Event Dates: Sunday, February 14, 2016


Mandalas are sacred works of art in Tibetan Buddhism. “Mandala” is a Sanskrit word that suggests a circle or sacred center that is marked off and adorned. A mandala is made up of integrated circles, squares, and other geometric shapes centered around a unifying point. Spiritually, these shapes are seen as symbols of larger sacred realms where enlightenment may take place. Mandalas are powerful symbols that can be found in various spiritual traditions, cultures, architecture, art forms, as well as in natural forms su... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: Friday, February 19, 2016


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 i... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Join us for Meditation Tune-Up Evening at Aryaloka! When study series are complete for our Tuesday Friend’s Nights we like to hold these evenings to delve deeper into meditation before embarking on a new series. Meditation Tune-Up Evenings have three separate groups, cafe style, focusing on meditation posture, issues and obstacles in meditating, and dropping the counting in the Mindfulness of Breathing practice.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:15, when we gather to meditate and explore aspects of Bud... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Late Winter Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Late Winter Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays,  March 1, 2016 – April 26, 2016


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 you prefer to have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introduc... Read more

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesday evenings, February 24, 2016 – March 30, 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 explo... Read more

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, February 26, 2016 – Sunday, February 28, 2016


For centuries the benefits of yoga and meditation have been well known. Both can help us to achieve better mind/body integration. This weekend retreat will combine periods of body movement, meditation, reflection, silence as well as good friendship. While some experience in yoga, meditation or both could be helpful, this retreat is suitable for participants at all levels. All you need is a bit of curiosity and a willingness to let go of the hectic world for a day or two.

Molly Sch... Read more

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, March 10, 2016, – Sunday, March 13, 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.

This retreat will be led by Bodhana and Lilasiddhi, memb... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Loving-Kindness

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Loving-Kindness

Event Dates: Saturday, March 19, 2016


These Saturday or Sunday workshops are intensive introductions to meditation. Basic ways to set up our meditation and a traditional Buddhist meditation form are taught on each half-day workshop. Monthly workshops alternate between focus on Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving-kindness) meditation practices.This month’s topic: Metta Bhavana (loving-kindness)

For a grounding introduction to the practice of meditation and/or Buddhism a combination of meditation workshops and/or an even... Read more

Path of Practice: A Joyful Heart

Path of Practice: A Joyful Heart

Event Dates: Saturday, March 26, 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

Compassion & Emptiness: Order Practice — The Big Picture

Compassion & Emptiness: Order Practice — The Big Picture

Event Dates: Saturday, April 2, 2016 – Saturday, April 9, 2016


This retreat is for all Order members, whatever their current approach to dharma practice. As Aryaloka makes the early transit into Spring we will reconnect with the different elements of Sangharakshita’s Path of Practice including sadhana. Our particular insight focus will be meditations on compassion and equanimity in relation to dukkha and anatta. There will be space, silence, friendship, discussion and practice reviews.

About Kamalashila

Kamalashila is a seni... 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

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Lighting up the Gosinga Sala-tree Wood

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Lighting up the Gosinga Sala-tree Wood

Event Dates:  Saturday, April 23, 2016


In the Majjhima Nikaya Sutta 31 “The Greater Discourse in Gosingha.” a group of the Buddha’s leading disciples question him as which of their spiritual practices is the brightest. The Buddha listens to their discussion and then gives a simple response – a simple response but one that goes to the heart of how each of us may develop a sincere and effective spiritual practice. It is also a brief and lovely insight into how the community of senior disciples related to one another.

Dh. Vidhuma will be the teach... Read more

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Event Dates: Friday, April 29, 2016 – Sunday, May 1, 2016


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 eating min... Read more

Buddha Day Celebration

Buddha Day Celebration

Event Dates: Friday, May 20, 2016


“How long he sat there we do not know,” wrote Sangharakshita. “It may have been days; it may have been weeks; it may even have been months. As he sat there he controlled and concentrated his mind, purified his mind, suppressed the mental hindrances, the defilements. And on Wesak night, the night of the full moon in May, just as the morning star was rising ~ just as he fixed his mind on that star glittering near the horizon ~ full illumination, full Enlightenment, arose.”

Come celebrate with us the historical and... Read more

Bodhisattvas at Play: Spring Work Days

Bodhisattvas at Play: Spring Work Days

Event Dates: Saturday, May 21, 2016 and Sunday, May 22, 2016


Please join us for our spring work days on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd! 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 is a great help! Lun... 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

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.

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

... 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

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

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.

This retreat will be led by Bodhana and Lilasiddhi, membe... Read more

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, September,  22, 2016– Sunday September, 25, 2016


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 Buddhism can foster mindfulness, calmness... 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