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 Session

Open Meditation Session

Event Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays October 7, 2014 – December 30, 2014

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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 discuss... Read more

As Metta Unfolds: Intermediate Meditation Course

As Metta Unfolds: Intermediate Meditation Course

Event dates: October 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, & November 5th.

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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 ch... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday October 15, 2014 – Wednesday November 5, 2014

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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... Read more

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights,  October 17th, 24th, & 31st, November 7th, 21st, & 28th

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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..... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Autumn Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Autumn Series

Event Dates: Tuesday October 21, 2014 – Tuesday October 21, 2014

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Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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 ... Read more

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Event Dates: Friday October 31, 2014 – Sunday November 2, 2014

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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. Read more

Aryaloka Arts Night

Aryaloka Arts Night

Event Dates: Sunday November 2, 2014 – Sunday November 2, 2014

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An evening with the arts at Aryaloka, featuring Virginia Peck, a well-known artist who exhibited at the first Aryaloka Arts Night several years ago. This will be the artist’s reception for the exhibition “The Faces of the Buddha” on view at Aryaloka from September 23 through November 18. Besides a talk by Virginia Pe... Read more

Men’s Practice Day: Contemplating the Self

Men’s Practice Day: Contemplating the Self

Event Dates: Sunday November 2, 2014 – Sunday November 2, 2014

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Men’s practice days are an excellent chance every few months for the men’s sangha to come together in the context of practice.

For this session, we’ll be continuing our exploration of the Triratna System o... Read more

Sangha Day

Sangha Day

Event Dates: Friday November 7, 2014 – Friday November 7, 2014

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“The growth of the sangha should be expected… so long as they meet together frequently and in large numbers…”
~ The Buddha, Mahaparinibbana Sutta

On Friday, November 7th, the Aryaloka community will be joining ... Read more

Buddhas in the Air

Buddhas in the Air

Event Dates: Sunday November 9, 2014 – Sunday November 9, 2014

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In this workshop we will do the joyful practice of chanting together. No prior experience or skill is required, only a willingness to let air and energy flow through you in the name of the Buddhas. We will do some meditation together, some physical movement and warm-ups, and plenty of chanting.

We will use the names ... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Tuesday November 11, 2014 – Tuesday November 18, 2014

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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... Read more

Sangha Celebration

Sangha Celebration

Event Dates: Friday November 21, 2014 – Friday November 21, 2014

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2014 has been a year of change at Aryaloka. New leaders, new classes, new organizational structures, and much growth of the sangha. Join us for a celebration of the Aryaloka sangha, all the people- past and present – w... Read more

Exploring Mindfulness: The joy of bringing awareness into our daily lives

Exploring Mindfulness: The joy of bringing awareness into our daily lives

Event Dates: Saturday November 22, 2014 – Saturday November 22, 2014

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Are you ready to take your mindfulness to a deeper level? Treat yourself to a relaxing and spacious day of mindfulness practice, including meditation, activities, noble silence, gentle yoga, and small group discussion. This mini-retreat will offer you practical wa... Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday November 23, and December 21.


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 we will have a Dana bowl for donations. For more information or any questions e-mail Eric Eb... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Metta

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Metta

Event Dates: Sunday November 23, 2014 – Sunday November 23, 2014

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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. Read more

Order/Mitra Day: Cultivating Mudita

Order/Mitra Day: Cultivating Mudita

Event Dates: Saturday December 6, 2014 – Saturday December 6, 2014

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Join Khemavassika, Narottama, and Viriyagita and the rest of the Order/Mitra sangha for a day of practice, friendship, and study. The theme of the day is mudita and its role in furthering spiritual development.  T... Read more

Keeping it Real: Spiritual Friendship

Keeping it Real: Spiritual Friendship

Event Dates: Saturday December 13, 2014 – Saturday December 13, 2014

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The Dharma off the Cushion” workshop series we will investigate how our everyday lives can express our Dharma practice. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic, and provide tools and guidance for navigating th... Read more

Young Sangha Gathering

Young Sangha Gathering

Event Dates: Sunday December 14, 2014 – Sunday December 14, 2014

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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 c... Read more

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Vimalakirti Nirdesa

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Vimalakirti Nirdesa

Event Dates: Saturday December 20, 2014 – Saturday December 20, 2014

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The Vimalakirti Nirdesa- also called the “Inconceivable Emancipation”- is a Buddhist text which tests the boundaries of what we call Reality via its protagonist Vimalakirti, an advanced bodh... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday December 21, 2014 – Sunday December 21, 2014

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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 wil... Read more

Winter Meditation Retreat

Winter Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday December 26, 2014 – Tuesday December 30, 2014

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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 me... Read more

Kalyana Mitrata: A Retreat for the Portland, Boston, and NYC sanghas

Kalyana Mitrata: A Retreat for the Portland, Boston, and NYC sanghas

Event Dates: Friday January 16, 2015 – Monday January 19, 2015

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As the Buddha explained to Ananda spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life. We will explore through talks, study, discussion and small groups how friendship impacts our practi... Read more