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: Autumn/Winter 2017-2018

Vajra Bell: Autumn/Winter 2017-2018

  • From the Editor: Facing our Shadows of the Past, by Mary Schaefer
  • Create Beauty from our Collective Chaos, by Singhashri
  • Restorative Approach: A ‘Practice’ to Address Issues of the Past and the Future, by Jnanasiddhi
  • Sangha Notes, by Sangha Notes Contributors
  • Sangha Connections: Interview with Vajramati, by Bettye Pruitt
  • Aryaloka Hosts Order Convention for US and Canada, by Samayasri
  • Children’s Sangha: Developing Min... Read more

Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 9:00 – 10:00 am


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 ... Read more

Tuesday Friends Nights

Tuesday Friends Nights

Event Dates: Tuesdays, 6:45 – 9:15


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are weekly gatherings where we join 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 prior... Read more

Buddhist Recovery Meetings

Buddhist Recovery Meetings

Event Date: Thursdays, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Meeting weekly on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, the Buddhist Recovery Meetings take place at the Aryaloka Buddhist Center, at the building behind the domes, Akashaloka. Please note: The meetings on January 4 and 11 will be held in Aryaloka, not Akashaloka. The meetings are facilitated by Barry Timmerman, a person in long-term recovery and a committed Buddhist.

The Buddhist Recovery Meetings focus on... Read more

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesday evenings, January 24 – February 28


On these six Wednesday evenings we will learn traditional Buddhist meditations and 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 more at ease, to k... Read more

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, February 16, 2018 – Sunday, February 18, 2018


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.

The three steps include checking in, noticing aspects of our experience, and bringing kindness to whatever arise... Read more

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, February 23 – Sunday, February 25


In yoga we seek to find suitable grounding and remain aware of the transitions we make through shifting poses, all the while keeping the breath alive and vital in our practice. So too in meditation we must stay grounded while being open to our changing experience, perhaps anchored by the sensations of the breath. For this weekend retreat we will blend the approaches of yoga and meditation to reach a deeper expression of each. All the while cultivating both inner and outer awareness.

The retr... Read more

Men’s Practice Day

Men’s Practice Day

Event Date: February 25, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm


Men’s Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to study and practice together. Each practice day will include time for meditation, discussion, and relaxing with one another. All men in the sangha are invited to attend. Men’s Days will meet in Akashaloka. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

Men’s Practice Days will be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month.

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Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: March 2, 2018


 Join us for a session of collective meditation. Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Friday Practice Evening Schedule:
March 2
March 30
April 20
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Mandala Evening

Mandala Evening

Event Date: Tuesday, March 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 Night. Check our website and Facebook for details about ... Read more

Transform Your Self and World with Loving-kindness Meditation

Transform Your Self and World with Loving-kindness Meditation

Event Date: Saturday, March 24


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.

Th... Read more

Write Here, Write Now

Write Here, Write Now

Event Date: Sunday March 25, 2018


Beginning and experienced writers are invited to join Barbara Steiner for a day-long creative writing workshop at Aryaloka Buddhist Center. Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, we’ll write in response to exercises (which you are free to ignore) designed to help us bypass our inner critic and write from what comes to us. We’ll be invited to share what we’ve written, and respond to each other’s pieces with what... Read more

Men’s Practice Day

Men’s Practice Day

Event Date: March 25, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm


Men’s Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to study and practice together. Each practice day will include time for meditation, discussion, and relaxing with one another. All men in the sangha are invited to attend. Men’s Days will meet in Akashaloka. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

Men’s Practice Days will be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month.

Fu... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: March 30, 2018


 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 fami... Read more

Children’s Sangha

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Saturday, March 31


Children’s Sangha gatherings are a wonderful way to introduce Buddhism and mindfulness to your young ones. Each month, Alisha offers a unique and lovely occasion for you to share with your children and the Aryaloka community. Feel free to call the office if you have any questions about these gatherings. If you have teens who may be interested in Buddhism, Alisha also offers a Teen Night at Aryaloka on the first Tuesday evening o... Read more

Tools for Living in Harmony: Teachings and Practices from the Buddha

Tools for Living in Harmony: Teachings and Practices from the Buddha

Event Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018


In this half day workshop we will explore several fundamental teachings of the Buddhist tradition. We’ll cover such topics as Who was the Buddha? What is the goal of Buddhism? How does one practice as a Buddhist?

Commonly heard teachings such as the Four Noble Truths will be explored in the framework of the Threefold Path: Ethics, Meditation, Wisdom. We will investigate the strong emphasis on ethics in Buddhism and how meditation fits in to it, along with core teachings such as the Middle Way.

There is alwa... Read more

Teen Night

Teen Night

Event Dates: Ongoing, First Tuesday evening of each month


Join Alisha Roberts for Teen Night at Friends Night on the first Tuesday Evening of every month. The teen group will meditate for 40 minutes then come together for discussion.

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 ... Read more

The Water Element, The Paintings of John Sirois

The Water Element, The Paintings of John Sirois

Event Dates: Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7th

Exhibition: April 7 -May 24, closed May 4 – 11

The Water Element will highlight our own vibrant New England spring with a group of thirteen paintings by the renowned artist John Sirois. Painting is a daily practice for John, and his exploration of color, texture, atmosphere and energy all feed source and his love of the mo... Read more

Transform Your Life with Mindfulness Meditation

Transform Your Life with Mindfulness Meditation

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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 be 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 l... Read more

Spiritual Affirmations: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the Quest for Transcendence

Spiritual Affirmations: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the Quest for Transcendence

Event Dates: Saturday, April 28, 2018


We will explore the music, the genesis and the ‘spiritual philosophy’ of one of the great masterworks of all ages, one that transcends boundaries of time, culture, and class. What makes “the Ninth” (as it’s popularly known) such an enduring and alluring work? Why is it seen as a milestone of creation? Why is it this work that was performed to celebrate the Berlin Wall coming down in 1989? What,... Read more

Men’s Practice Day

Men’s Practice Day

Event Date: April 29, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm


Men’s Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to study and practice together. Each practice day will include time for meditation, discussion, and relaxing with one another. All men in the sangha are invited to attend. Men’s Days will meet in Akashaloka. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

Men’s Practice Days will be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month.

Fu... Read more

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Event Dates: Saturday, April 29, 2018


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

Teen Night

Teen Night

Event Dates: Ongoing, First Tuesday evening of each month


Join Alisha Roberts for Teen Night at Friends Night on the first Tuesday Evening of every month. The teen group will meditate for 40 minutes then come together for discussion.

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 ... Read more

Threads of the Dharma Meditation Retreat

Threads of the Dharma Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Weekend: Friday, May 4 – Sunday, May 6. Full week: Friday, May 4 – Friday, May 11


Our life is made up of many processes, both external and internal. Our attitudes, activities, and social context of our lives are individual threads that interact with one another in a complex set of processes. On this retreat we will explore how we can bring a dharmic perspective into all the different threads and processes in our life, including how we relate to and affect ... Read more

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesday evenings, May 16 – June 20


On these six Wednesday evenings we will learn traditional Buddhist meditations and 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 more at ease, to know our o... Read more

Men’s Practice Day

Men’s Practice Day

Event Date: May 27, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm


Men’s Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to study and practice together. Each practice day will include time for meditation, discussion, and relaxing with one another. All men in the sangha are invited to attend. Men’s Days will meet in Akashaloka. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

Men’s Practice Days will be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month.

Futu... Read more

Write Here, Write Now

Write Here, Write Now

Event Date: Sunday June 3, 2018


Beginning and experienced writers are invited to join Barbara Steiner for a day-long creative writing workshop at Aryaloka Buddhist Center. Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, we’ll write in response to exercises (which you are free to ignore) designed to help us bypass our inner critic and write from what comes to us. We’ll be invited to share what we’ve written, and respond to each other’s pieces with what w... Read more

Teen Night

Teen Night

Event Dates: Ongoing, First Tuesday evening of each month


Join Alisha Roberts for Teen Night at Friends Night on the first Tuesday Evening of every month. The teen group will meditate for 40 minutes then come together for discussion.

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 ... Read more