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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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 moving water, rivers, lakes, and streams of his environment. It is a vibrant investigation of the element of water, both inside and outside our space.

This Monadnock- region artist is the husband of our own beloved GFR mitra, Sandy Sirois

Led by: Art Kula
Times: Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7th from 3:00pm  – 5:00pm
Exhibition on view: M-F 10am – 3pm  from April 7th to May 24th. Closed May 4 – 11
Venue: Aryaloka
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.

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 we like and what works. This method helps generate material from the images, experiences and feelings we carry inside ourselves, without critique, questions or suggestions. To create a supportive and safe space, we maintain confidentiality, treat what we write as fiction, and concentrate on the writing at hand.

Barbara is a certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method developed by Pat Schneider. She has written and trained extensively with AWA-trained facilitator Patricia Lee Lewis, and has been a member of the Aryaloka community since 1991. Her philosophy is that writing is a social act that belongs to anyone who has something to say, and that we generate our juiciest material by inviting our inner (and outer) critics to go on a nice, long walk without us.

Click here to register online.

You may also register by calling the office between 9 am and 3 pm Monday – Friday.

Led by: Barbara Steiner
Times: Sunday March 25, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $85/65/45
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

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

Event Dates: Saturday, April 28, 2018


Sravaniya

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, exactly, did Beethoven transcend? And how – really, how? – did the great composer manage to rise above his own complete deafness to give us this gift?

Through discussion, ‘deep listening’, meditation and reflection we will develop intimacy with this profound and important – and supremely joyful and uplifting – symphony. And, through this intimacy, we will be opened up to the possibility of our own transcendence…

Participants are eligible for $10 tickets for any of 3 live performances of the Ninth Symphony, with Sravaniya conducting the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, and soloists. (Those 18 and younger get in for free!)

Saturday May 19, 7:30 PM, Stockbridge Theater, Derry, NH
Sunday May 20, 2:00 PM, Stockbridge Theater, Derry, NH
Saturday 27 May, 7:30 PM, City Auditorium, Concord, NH

Freude! Alle Menschen werden Brüder!
Joy! All men shall become brothers!

Sravaniya was ordained in 2003, having first encountered meditation and the FWBO (later the Triratna Buddhist Community) in the UK in 1978. His name, inspired by an episode in the biography of Milarepa, means “Delightful to listen to” or “Worthy of being heard.” Sravaniya works as a professional orchestral conductor and violinist.

Register online here.

Or you can register by contacting the office M-F, 9 am – 3 pm, (603) 659-5456.

Led by: Dh. Sravaniya
Times: Saturday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $80/60/40
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

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 we like and what works. This method helps generate material from the images, experiences and feelings we carry inside ourselves, without critique, questions or suggestions. To create a supportive and safe space, we maintain confidentiality, treat what we write as fiction, and concentrate on the writing at hand.

Barbara is a certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method developed by Pat Schneider. She has written and trained extensively with AWA-trained facilitator Patricia Lee Lewis, and has been a member of the Aryaloka community since 1991. Her philosophy is that writing is a social act that belongs to anyone who has something to say, and that we generate our juiciest material by inviting our inner (and outer) critics to go on a nice, long walk without us.

Click here to register online.

You may also register by calling the office between 9 am and 3 pm Monday – Friday.

Led by: Barbara Steiner
Times: Sunday March 25, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $85/65/45
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.