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 – Winter 2017

Vajra Bell – Winter 2017

In this issue:

  • Living Your Practice: Lifting Us to Something Higher
  • The Power of Positive Action
  • Buddhism and Kindness from Friends Helps Transition to Freedom
  • Sangha Connections: Interview with Nagabodhi
  • Mythic Perspectives: The Buddha in the Dark
  • Buddhaworks Notes
  • Board of Directors Notes
  • Sangha notes from Portsmouth, Nagaloka, Concord, San Francisco, Missoula, and NYC sanghas

 

 

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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 Exhibit: The Natural State-Paintings and Prints by Eric Ebbeson

Art Exhibit: The Natural State-Paintings and Prints by Eric Ebbeson

Event Dates:  M – F April 7 – May 25; Reception with the artist: April 8, 1 – 3 p.m.


About the exhibit: Like countless artists before me, I have found my inspiration in the natural world. Indeed, I feel that this is also how I came to Buddhism, by seeing closely the impermanence and the interconnectedness of everything. Also, I found that drawing and meditation are very close to the same thing. I use my hiking boots and kayak to f... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Spring Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Spring Series

Event Dates: Begins Tuesday, April 25, 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 have... Read more

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesdays, May 17, 2017 – June 21, 2017


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 m... Read more

A Guide for Young Bodhisattvas: Young Sangha Retreat

A Guide for Young Bodhisattvas: Young Sangha Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 2, 2017 – Sunday, June 4, 2017


Our second annual Young Sangha retreat for people under 40! On this weekend we’ll explore the themes of the Bodhicaryavatara – Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. This inspiring text reminds us to live life to its fullest and cultivate wisdom and compassion for the sake of all beings. An excellent chance to connect and practice with other young Buddhists more de... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Saturday, June 17


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 Roberts offers ... Read more

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday, June 18, 2017


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 itself.

For a grounding introduction to the practice ... Read more

Mandala Evening

Mandala Evening

Event Date: Tuesday, June 20, 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 Ni... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 23, 2017 – Sunday, July 2, 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 for anyone wh... Read more

Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

Event Dates: Saturday, July 15, 2017


This workshop is an intensive introduction to the Metta Bhavana 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 flowers into compassion and equanimity

<... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Saturday, July 15


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 unique... Read more

Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat

Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, July 20, 2017 – Tuesday, July 25, 2017


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 o... Read more

Order Weekend: Sadhana as Insight Practice

Order Weekend: Sadhana as Insight Practice

Event Dates: Friday, July 28, 2017 – Sunday, July 30, 2017

For members of the Triratna Buddhist Order

Using some of the material from the Manjugosha Stuti Sadhana Seminar and the Manjugosha Sadhana itself we will explore the different dimensions of sadhana: going for refuge, renunciation and great compassion, sunyata, the maya way, illumined image, great devotion and receptivity/absorption. There will be presentations, discussions and sadhana practice and a chance to explore your own sadhana... Read more

Triratna System of Practice: Women’s Going for Refuge Retreat

Triratna System of Practice: Women’s Going for Refuge Retreat

Event Dates: Saturday, August 5 – Thursday, August 17, 2017


Please note: This retreat is open only to women who are training to join the Triratna Buddhist Order.

This year’s east coast women’s GFR retreat will be held at Aryaloka from August 5 – 17. More information about the theme, the Tiratna System of Practice, and preparatory reading material will be posted soon.

The sliding scale is $700/500/360. You can pay the whole amount when you ... 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

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

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

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