Arts at Aryaloka

Appreciation and practice of the arts is seen within the Triratna Buddhist Community as an important means of engaging the emotions in the spiritual life and of making a bridge between traditional Buddhism and Western culture. Many of our sangha members make their living in the arts or have a strong creative talent. The arts bring richness and depth to our community and a personal connection with our own practice.

Aryaloka offers many opportunities to engage in creative pursuits through classes, retreats and workshops. We also have frequent arts events – musical performances, art showings, and more – through our Arts at Aryaloka programming. Arts events are open to all and always promise to be lively and elevating.

Upcoming and Previous Arts Events:

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Aryaloka Arts Night

Event Dates: Sunday November 2, 2014 – Sunday November 2, 2014

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Photo credit: j / f / photosAn evening with the arts at Aryaloka, featuring Virginia Peck, a well-known artist who exhibited at the first Aryaloka Arts Night several years ago. This will be the artist’s reception for the exhibition “The Faces of the Buddha” on view at Aryaloka from September 23 through November 18. Besides a talk by Virginia Peck on her work and a chance to meet the artist and talk to her about her art, there will be poetry and music, as well as light refreshments. More information later as we firm up the other participants. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening with the Arts at Aryaloka.   (more…)

Offerings to the Buddhas

Event Dates: Saturday August 23, 2014 – Saturday August 23, 2014

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MontrasJoin us for a fun, creative evening making offerings for our shrine. We’ll paint mani stones and make mantra scrolls to create an abundance of offerings for our shrine. Neither experience nor artistic skill are necessary; anyone with a willingness to make beautiful items for the shrine in the company of good friends is welcome to participate. Materials and instruction will be provided, although you may wish to bring extra stones for painting. This is a multi-age event; we’ll have some mateirals available that are safe and accessible for our youngest sangha members. No preregistration is required. (more…)

Kado – The Way of Flowers

Event Dates: Saturday August 23, 2014 – Saturday August 23, 2014

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Ikebana (living flower) has its origins in the 7th century when the practice of Buddhism traveled from China and Korea and arrived in Japan. A flower offering was always placed on the altar in front of Buddha. In this ancient discipline, a simple seasonal floral arrangement reinforced the connection that mankind has with nature, offering the arranger a way – kado – of expressing himself and awakening his spirit in connection with the natural world. Ikebanists arrange flowers with special regard to balance, harmony, and form. The arranger and the flower arrangement, ikebana, express the harmonious balance that should exist between humans and the universe. When we arrange our ikebana we forget ourselves and allow our ki to merge with the plant materials we are using. This workshop will include instruction on two different seasonal ikebana arrangements. (more…)

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday November 23, and December 21.


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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).

Bring your own art supplies. While a simple pencil and drawing pad is enough, feel free to bring anything else you may have. Sign-ups not necessary and we will have a Dana bowl for donations. For more information or any questions e-mail Eric Ebbeson at ericsueebbeson@comcast.net

Dates for the drawing group are August 3, November 23, and December 21.

Led by: Eric Ebbeson
Times: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Venue: Akashaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
The Generosity Kula invites everyone – each time time they come to Aryaloka – to bring one item for our collection boxes in the entryway. We are collecting non-perishable food items, personal care/cleaning products, or warm clothing items. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.