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 2015

Vajra Bell – Winter 2015

In this issue:

  • Adhisthana: A New Home for the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community
  • Sangha Notes from Aryaloka, Nagaloka, Portsmouth, Montana, Portsmouth, NYC and Concord
  • Stupa-fied: Inspiration Arises from Sacred Space
  • Aryaloka Welcomes Four New Women as Mitras
  • Reflecting on an Introduction to Noble Silence Retreat
  • Online Insight: The Buddhist Centre Online
  • Poetry from Dh. Kavyadrishti
  • The Dalai Lama, Live in Boston
  • An Enchanted Evening at November Arts Night
  • Upcoming events at Aryaloka Buddhist... Read more

New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing

New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing

Event Dates: Wednesday December 31, 2014 – Thursday January 1, 2015


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 2015 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 10:45 p.m. on December 31 for tea and conversation. Then we’ll go upstairs to the shrine room and meditate ... Read more

Meditate For Peace Day

Meditate For Peace Day

Event Dates: Thursday January 1, 2015


Please join us once again for the 2015 Meditate for Peace Day. This will be our ninth 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. Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Date: Sundays, January 4th, February 1st, and March 2st


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. Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday January 6, 2015


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. Read more

Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 6, 2015 – June 18, 2015


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 lookin... Read more

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights,  January 9, 2015 –  March 6, 2015


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..  Evenings that include a full moon puja are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Read more

Movie Night: Kundun

Movie Night: Kundun

Event Dates: Saturday, January 10, 2015


Aryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015!

This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 7 pm. There is no registration for movie night, just stop by and enjoy the film!

Kundun, January 10

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Men’s Day: Spiritual Rebirth

Men’s Day: Spiritual Rebirth

Event Dates: Saturday January 10, 2015
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Men’s Days are an opportunity to men in the sangha to study and practice together. This Men’s day will explore the aspect of the spiritual life that is, in the TBC’s definition, termed “Spiritual Rebirth”.  Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday January 11, 2015 – Sunday January 11, 2015

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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 crafts a... Read more

Path of Practice Group

Path of Practice Group

Year-long monthly workshop series
Event Dates: 
 2nd Sunday of each month
January 11, 2015 – Sunday December 14, 2015
Register for this Event (please register for the full year by January 11, 2015)


“If we want to make progress [on the Buddhist Path] and continue to make progress there ... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday January 13, 2015 – Tuesday January 13, 2015

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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 ne... Read more

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesdays,  January 14, 2015 – February 4, 2015
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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 Loving Kin... 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 practice and how... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays, January 20 – March 24, 2015


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. Read more

Living and Dying the Buddhist Way

Living and Dying the Buddhist Way

Event Dates: Saturday January 24, 2015
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Living Joyfully, Dying Peacefully Workshop series

This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of death and dying, showing us how a greater understanding of the meaning of death helps us live our lives more fully. Read more

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday January 25, 2015
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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 will taught. Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday February 1, 2015 – Sunday February 1, 2015

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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 crafts a... Read more

Nordic Nirvana Retreat

Nordic Nirvana Retreat

Event Dates: Friday February 6, 2015 – Sunday February 8, 2015
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Pack your cross country skis or snowshoes to experience the awe of Aryaloka’s winter stillness and beauty. Scheduled to fall on the full moon, this weekend retreat will be a delicious mix of playing in the snow, meditation, periods of noble silence, and small group discussion – all in the context of cultivating mindfuln... Read more

Introduction To Meditation And Buddhism – Winter Series

Introduction To Meditation And Buddhism – Winter Series

Event Dates: Six consecutive Wednesdays, February 11 – March 18, 2015
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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 Bre... Read more

How to Benefit Those Who are Dying and Those Who Have Died

How to Benefit Those Who are Dying and Those Who Have Died

Event Dates: Saturday February 14, 2015
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Living Joyfully, Dying Peacefully Workshop series

Death can be so hidden in our culture that we have few models for supporting someone in the dying process and for processing our own grief. This workshop will help participants learn how to support someone facing a life threatening or terminal ... Read more

Movie Night: Journey to the West

Movie Night: Journey to the West

Event Dates: Saturday February 14, 2015


Aryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015! This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 7 pm. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Journey to the West, Feb 14

Based on one of the Four Great Classica... Read more

Parinirvana Day

Parinirvana Day

Event Dates: Sunday February 15, 2015


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 i... Read more

Mindfulness and Health

Mindfulness and Health

Event Dates: Saturday February 28, 2015
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Dr. Paul Shagoury (Vidhuma) will review the impact of mindfulness meditation on physical and emotional health. The presentation will include a working definition of mindfulness along with a review and summary of research on mindfulness and stress, depression, cancer, anxiety and overall well-being.

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Movie Night: The Dhamma Brothers

Movie Night: The Dhamma Brothers

Event Dates: Friday March 6, 2015 – Friday March 6, 2015

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Aryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015! This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 7 pm. There is no registration for Movie Night; just st... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday March 8, 2015


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 crafts activity related to a Buddhist theme. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay wit... Read more

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday March 12 – Sunday March 15, 2015
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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 gi... Read more

Awakening to Spring: Yoga and Meditation retreat

Awakening to Spring: Yoga and Meditation retreat

Event Dates: Friday March 20 – Sunday March 22, 2015
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Just in time for Spring: Open your heart and rejuvenate your body with a weekend retreat in peaceful surroundings. Yoga se... Read more

The Practical Aspects of Dying

The Practical Aspects of Dying

Event Dates: Saturday March 21, 2015
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Living Joyfully, Dying Peacefully Workshop series

This workshop will guide participants in clarifying their wishes for end-of-life care, and help them navigate the medical environment of the end-of-life stages. … <... Read more

Mindful Eating Retreat: After The First Bite

Mindful Eating Retreat: After The First Bite

Event Dates: Friday March 27 – Sunday March 29, 2015
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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

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Shantideva’s Perfection of Patience

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Shantideva’s Perfection of Patience

Event Dates: Saturday March 28, 2015
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Join Aryaloka’s senior Dharma teachers for study of suttas, sutras, and stories from throughout the Buddhist tradition. This month’s Study is from Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryavatara), led by Candradasa.

“There is no evil like hatred, and no fortitude like ... Read more

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Metta

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Metta

Event Dates: Saturday April 4, 2015
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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

Movie Night: Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama

Movie Night: Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama

Event Dates: Saturday April 11, 2015


Aryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015! This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 7 pm. There is no registration for Movie Night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, April 11

Filmmak... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday April 12, 2015


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 crafts activity related to a Buddhist theme. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay wi... Read more

Movie Night: Samsara

Movie Night: Samsara

Event Dates: Saturday May 9, 2015


Aryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015! This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 7 pm. There is no registration for Movie Night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Samsara, May 9

Samsara explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of humanity’s spi... Read more

Bodhisattvas at Play – Spring Work Weekend

Bodhisattvas at Play – Spring Work Weekend

Event Dates: Saturday May 16, 2015 – Saturday May 16, 2015

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Please join us for our spring work days on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th! This is a great chance to practice generosity and to work together with friends from the Aryaloka sangha to create beauty and harmony inside... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday June 14, 2015


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 crafts activity related to a Buddhist theme. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay wit... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday June 19 – Sunday June 28, 2015
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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 five precepts is wo... Read more