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:

Vajra Bell – Spring/Summer 2017

Vajra Bell – Spring/Summer 2017

   In this issue

  • Waking up in Times of Stress
  • Practicing Loving Kindness as an Humanitarian
  • Pilgrimage to India
  • Triratna Celebrates 50 Years: ‘Working it Out as We Go,’
  • Interview with Dh. Viriyagita
  • Channeling Cassandra: Aryaloka Depends On Your Support
  • Generosity is an “Act of True Freedom”
  • Board of Directors Notes
  • Sangha notes from Portsmouth, Nagaloka, Concord, San Francisco, Missoula, and... Read more

Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, 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, 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 looking for an... Read more

Art from the Order Exhibition

Art from the Order Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: July 3 – August 31; open for public viewing weekdays, 10 am – 3 pm July 5-19; July 26 – Aug 4.


Art is at the heart of the Order that Urgyen Sangharakshita founded fifty years ago. Aryaloka is fortunate to have six Triratna Order Members exhibiting in the Yoga Room gallery during July and August.

Dh. Amala will be displaying photos and an assemblage expressing connection to the elements

Dh. Ashokashri will be displaying fiber and stitch collage... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Nights in August will be held at the Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall

Tuesday Friends’ Nights in August will be held at the Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall

Event Dates: Begins Tuesday, August 8, 2017


This August, while Aryaloka’s building will be closed for retreats, Tuesday Friends’ Night will take place at the Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Tuesdays, August 8, 15, 22 and 29. All other Tuesday Friends’ Night’s will take place at Aryaloka.

The Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has been very kind in offer... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: August 18, September 8


 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 wh... Read more

2017 US and Canadian Order Convention

2017 US and Canadian Order Convention

Event Dates: Sunday, August 27 – Thursday, August 31


Our far flung Order will soon gather for the US and Canadian Order Convention. Amala and Shantinayaka will be in touch soon about the program for the Convention. Here are some logistical details and registration information:

Dates: August 27, 6 p.m. to August 31, 3 p.m.

Cost: There are two different sliding scales depending on whether or not you are staying at Aryaloka. There is space at Ar... Read more

To Realize the Unrealized: An Exploration of the Anapanasati Sutta

To Realize the Unrealized: An Exploration of the Anapanasati Sutta

Event Dates: Friday, September 1, 2017 – Monday, September 4, 2017


The Anapanasati Sutta is one of the most detailed meditation instructions in the Pali Canon, and one of the simplest and most effective ways of exploring the central teaching of the Satipatthanas, which the Buddha described as the direct path to realization. On this retreat, Dhammarati, Nagabodhi, and Satyada will share their exploration of the Anapanasati sutta through meditation and study, and drawing on Sang... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Autumn Series, Ethics in Everyday Life

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Autumn Series, Ethics in Everyday Life

Event Dates: Begins Tuesday, September 5, 2017


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 h... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesdays, September 6 – September 27, 2017


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 th... Read more

System of Meditation Course

System of Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday Evenings, September 6, 2017 – October 4, 2017


Led by Dh. Amala

Five weeks, five aspects of practice

Mindfulness, Metta, Just Sitting:

Each form of meditation that we practice has the power to show us our own mind, to open our hearts, to help us see with fresh eyes, to transform us and to show us new ways of being. With consistency and dedication each practice can ‘take us all the way’ to transforming insight.

Yet what if you ... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: September 8


 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 famili... Read more

Autumn Open House

Autumn Open House

Event date: Saturday, September 10, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Visit Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket, NH during our Open House on September 10!

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 10:00  and 1:00 and experience the tranquility and beauty of Aryaloka – a place of deep harmony and inspiration.

Take a tour of buildin... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Saturday, September 16


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 ones. Each month, Alisha offers a u... Read more

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Event Dates: Saturday, September 16, 2017


Mindfulness is a skill that allows us to shift our relationship to the thoughts and reactions that color and shape the way we experience the events and circumstances of our lives. It can be practiced by anyone, whatever their religious or cultural background, is safe, easy to learn, and opens the way to clear, creative states of mind. It is a proven effective approach to the treatment of stress, depression, and chronic pain.... Read more

Mandala Evening: The Dharma as Recovery from Samsara

Mandala Evening: The Dharma as Recovery from Samsara

Event Date: Tuesday, September 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... Read more

Exploring Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Exploring Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Sunday, September 24, 2017


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... Read more

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Event Dates: Sunday, October 1, 2017


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 throu... Read more

Shibui: Ink, Paper, Stone Exhibition

Shibui: Ink, Paper, Stone Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: October 15 – November 30. Opening reception October 15.


Coupling Rona Conti’s  elegant, graceful, sweep of black ink on absorbent pa... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday,November 8, 2017 – Tuesday, November 14, 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 fo... Read more

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, November 17, 2017 – Sunday, November 19, 2017


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, discussi... Read more

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, December 1, 2017 – Sunday, December 3, 2017


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 Schlan... Read more