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:

The True Individual: Regional Sangha Retreat

The True Individual: Regional Sangha Retreat

Event Dates: January 18, 2019 – January 21, 2019


Join us for our annual gathering and celebration of sangha!

This year’s theme is the True Individual, one of Sangharakshita’s signature teachings. A true individual is someone who has developed a strong self-awareness that doesn’t rely on convention or social identity for a sense of purpose in life. Instead, they’re guided by their relationship with a deeper reality – the way things really are. They confidently stand on their own two feet and at the same time live in harmony ... Read more

Who Hates the Metta Bhavana? Level 2 Meditation Course

Who Hates the Metta Bhavana? Level 2 Meditation Course

Event Dates/Times: Wednesday Evenings, Jan 23 – Feb 13, 7-9pm


Do you find yourself avoiding the metta bhavana practice? Do you only do it because you’re “supposed to”? Do you find yourself skipping stages that you find difficult?

Sometimes our metta bhavana can seem dry and repetitive. At worst the practice can trigger feelings of failure, hopelessness, and self-criticism. But what if this is because we’ve learned to do the practice in unhelpful ways? And what if there are better ways to understand and cultivate metta—including ditching... Read more

The Way of Mindfulness and Meditation, an Introduction

The Way of Mindfulness and Meditation, an Introduction

Event Date/Time: January 26, 10am – 4pm


On this introductory workshop we will explore the Buddha’s teaching of mindfulness, generally as a living principle, and more specifically as a meditation practice. Participants will learn the Mindfulness of Breathing, a meditation that has been practiced for thousands of years, and learn everything they need to begin a regular and effective meditation practice. A vegetarian lunch is provided and included in the cost. Suitable for complete beginners, or those looking for a refresher.

Read more

Men’s Dharma Practice: Mindfulness and Liberation

Men’s Dharma Practice: Mindfulness and Liberation

Event Date/Time: January 27, 1-5pm


This gathering will explore the practice of mindfulness and how it can contribute to a freeing of our hearts from the forces of greed, hatred and delusion in this very moment. We’ll explore how to move from habitual, contracted, reactive states of mind, to a more open and creative dynamic. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Men’s Practice Days are an opportunity for men to explore the Dharma, engage in projects and practice together. Most practice days will include time for meditation, discussion, and rela... Read more

The Path as Symbol: Meditation Retreat

The Path as Symbol: Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: February 8-10, 2019


“The path is a symbol, representing the fact that we can change… The path itself is not out there; it is in here. The path simply represents the individual solution to your own particular predicament. If you know and understand yourself as you are now, that puts you in a position to develop in your own way. The path is you in the process of organising your mental states in such a way that growth and development will take place in a positive direction.” ~ Sangharakshita

Many of us begin our journey as spir... Read more

Parinirvana Day: Enlightenment and Death

Parinirvana Day: Enlightenment and Death

Event date/time: February 15, 7-9pm


Parinirvana is the annual observance of the death, or Final Nirvana, of the Buddha. It’s an opportunity to reflect upon the final days of the Buddha, and the great mystery of Enlightenment and Death. It is also a time when we remember those we’ve lost. Parinirvana is one of the major days of reflection on the Buddhist calendar.

The evening’s events will consist of meditation, puja (devotional chanting) and readings from the life of the Buddha. Please feel free to bring a photo of loved ones that have... Read more