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: […]

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 […]

Introduction to Meditation

Introduction to Meditation

Event Dates: Wednesdays, 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 one […]

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

Write Here, Write Now

Write Here, Write Now

Event Date: Sunday February 11, 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 […]

Yoga and Meditation Retreat Copy

Yoga and Meditation Retreat  Copy

Event Dates: Friday, December 1, 2017 – Sunday, December 3, 2017 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 […]