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: […]

Introduction to Meditation

Introduction to Meditation

Event Dates: Wednesday mornings, January 10 -31, 2018 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 Kindness. These are traditional Buddhist meditation techniques dating back to the time of the Buddha, although […]

Regional Sangha Retreat: The Bodhisattva Ideal

Regional Sangha Retreat: The Bodhisattva Ideal

Event Dates: Friday, January 12, 2018 – Monday, January 15, 2018 Join us for a regional gathering and celebration of sangha! The theme is the Bodhisattva Ideal, and specifically the Six Perfections. We’ll explore them not only as dharma teachings, but consider how we might cultivate these qualities with each other throughout the weekend. This retreat […]

Transform Your Life with Mindfulness Meditation

Transform Your Life with Mindfulness Meditation

Sunday, January 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Transform Your Self and World with Mindfulness Meditation

Transform Your Self and World 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 taught. Mindfulness of Breathing is a practice that helps us to develop a calm, clear, and focused mind. With mindfulness we […]

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Event Dates: Sunday, 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 […]

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 […]