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:

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Every Friday Evening

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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.

Each evening includes a combination o... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night – Spring Series

Tuesday Friends’ Night – Spring Series

Event Dates: Tuesday March 25, 2014 – Tuesday May 13, 2014


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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 prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introducto... Read more

Exploring Insight: Advanced Meditation Course

Exploring Insight: Advanced Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday April 23, 2014 – Wednesday May 28, 2014

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On this six-week course we’ll explore insight meditation though an experiential investigation of the Three Lakshanas (“marks”) of impermanence, non-self, and unsatisfactoriness. Contemplation of the Three Lakshanas loosens our fixed sense of realit... Read more

Fundraising Dinner for the Stupa Project

Fundraising Dinner for the Stupa Project

Event Dates: Friday April 18, 2014 – Friday April 18, 2014

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Please join us for a scrumptious and elegantly simple fundraising dinner at Aryaloka Buddhist Center on April 18th at 6:00 p.m.! The menu includes a hearty soup to warm the winter chill, lovingly-created bread and salad, and cake for dessert to add a touch of sweetness. All this in addition to joyful sangh... Read more

Men’s Practice Day – Taking the Wheel

Men’s Practice Day – Taking the Wheel

Event Dates: Saturday April 19, 2014 – Saturday April 19, 2014

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Please join Narottama and Perry Blass for a Men’s Practice Day on April 19th, from 9am to 3pm at Akasaloka.

The day begins with meditation at 9:15am, then continues with a discussion on the importance of being mindful and aware as we navigate the world. Practicing mindfulness, combined with a... Read more

Moving Into the Dhyanas

Moving Into the Dhyanas

Event Dates: Saturday April 26, 2014 – Saturday April 26, 2014

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Do you ever wonder if there is more to meditation practice than you are experiencing? When practicing the Mindfulness of Breathing, do you sometimes wonder what to do after you get to 10? Does your mind wander more than you’d like? Is metta sometimes hard to cultivate?

This workshop series, entitled “Med... Read more

Apr. Introduction to Meditation Workshop: Mindfulness of Breathing

Apr. Introduction to Meditation Workshop: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday April 27, 2014 – Sunday April 27, 2014

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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 t... Read more

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday April 27, 2014 – Sunday April 27, 2014

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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.

We meet from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Akashaloka (the building behind the Aryaloka domes). The current dates set for 201... Read more

Order Day

Order Day

Event Dates: Saturday May 3, 2014 – Saturday May 3, 2014

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These days are an opportunity for Order members to meet together for meditation, study, and cultivating connections with each other.

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Buddha Day Celebration

Buddha Day Celebration

Event Dates: Friday May 9, 2014 – Friday May 9, 2014

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The Buddha’s Enlightenment is the central event in Buddhism and we mark this event on Buddha Day (sometimes called Wesak), the most important festival in our calendar. Many of the Buddha’s disciples also attained Enlightenment, and in the centuries that have followed there have been many other Enlightened masters. They too ar... Read more

What Would the Buddha Do at Work?

What Would the Buddha Do at Work?

Event Dates: Saturday May 10, 2014 – Saturday May 10, 2014

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“Before Enlightenment, chop wood carry water, after Enlightenment, chop wood carry water.” (Zen saying)

In the “Keeping it Real: Practicing the Dharma off the Cushion” workshop series we will investigate how our everyday lives can express our Dharma practice. Each workshop will focu... Read more

Living Compassion: Order/Mitra Retreat

Living Compassion: Order/Mitra Retreat

Event Dates: Friday May 16, 2014 – Sunday May 18, 2014

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This retreat is an excellent chance for Order members and mitras to spend some extended time with each other on retreat and discuss practicing compassion.  The weekend will be led by visiting Order member Shantigarbha, an expert in Non-Violent Communication and the leader of several events on this topic at Arya... Read more

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Event Dates: Friday May 30, 2014 – Sunday June 1, 2014

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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.

The three steps include checking in, no... Read more

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday June 5, 2014 – Sunday June 8, 2014

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Yoga and Buddhism may be described as complex spiritual traditions, each teaching us about ourselves and our way in the world. Both traditions, while drawing upon mind and body practices, turn our attention inward, paving the way to a path of awareness and awakening.

In this retreat there will be ... Read more

Order Day

Order Day

Event Dates: Sunday June 8, 2014 – Sunday June 8, 2014

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These days are an opportunity for Order members to meet together for meditation, study, and cultivating connections with each other.

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Jun. Introduction to Meditation Workshop: Loving-kindness

Jun. Introduction to Meditation Workshop: Loving-kindness

Event Dates: Saturday June 14, 2014 – Saturday June 14, 2014

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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 t... Read more

Introduction to Visualization Practice: The Stupa

Introduction to Visualization Practice: The Stupa

Event Dates: Sunday June 15, 2014 – Sunday June 15, 2014

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Do you ever wonder if there is more to meditation practice than you are experiencing? When practicing the Mindfulness of Breathing, do you sometimes wonder what to do after you get to 10? Does your mind wander more than you’d like? Is metta sometimes hard to cultivate?

This workshop series,... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday June 25, 2014 – Wednesday July 2, 2014

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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... Read more

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Heart Sutra

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Heart Sutra

Event Dates: Saturday July 19, 2014 – Saturday July 19, 2014

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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 entitled “The Heart Sutra,” led by Amala.

At the heart of the Buddha’s teachings is an opening, a gateway to freedom and a radical way of see... Read more