Classes

Classes provide a way to get into greater depth on a specific focus of Buddhist study. We have a variety of classes available throughout the year, taught by a large cast of dedicated and knowledgeable local and visiting teachers.

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Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

Event Dates: Saturday, July 15, 2017


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 ourselves. With practice, Metta flowers into compassion and equanimity

For a grounding introduction to the practice of meditation and/or Buddhism a combination of meditation workshops and/or an evening class is recommended. Any series or day can also be taken on its own. No prior experience is necessary for introductory level events. All of these courses are also appropriate for practitioners with some experience who wish to refresh their practice.

Foundation Meditations

At Aryaloka we begin with traditional meditations. Each is a path to awakening and a basis for other forms of meditation, such as the Brahmaviharas and Anapanasati meditations, which we teach for experienced practitioners.

Foundation practices belong to the broad class of samatha meditations which develop calm, concentration and a still, pliable mind that is open to insight and deep reflection.

  • Mindfulness of Breathing is a practice that helps us to develop a calm, clear, and focused mind. With mindfulness we develop concentration and awareness. A concentrated mind, flexible and alert, is poised for insight into the nature of mind and life itself.
  • 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 ourselves. With practice, metta flowers into compassion and equanimity.
  • Just Sitting practice is an open or ‘formless’ meditation of direct awareness of our present moment experience.
  • Walking meditation is mindfulness and metta in motion, following the Buddha’s way of bringing awareness into all our activities.
Led by: Dh. Narottama
Times: Saturday, July 15th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $65/50/35
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.

Tuesday Friends Nights

Event Dates: Tuesdays, 6:45 – 9:15


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are weekly gatherings where we join 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 introductory classes.)

An option for a guided meditation is offered in the library, after which, you can join the rest of the group for the second half of the evening.

Study Topics for November/December:

In our new series on Friends’ Nights we will explore a different sutta or sutra each night. Each session will be a discussion of some of the core Buddhist texts led by a revolving group of Order members. We will look at how these texts can impact our own practices in the midst of everyday life.

Nov 13 – The Diamond Sutra
Nov 20
Nov 27
Dec 4
Dec 11
Dec 18

Tuesday night activities include:

• 6:45 – Tea and announcements

• 7:00 – Meditation and shrine room activity

• 8:00 – Study, discussion, or talk on the evening’s topic

• 9:15 – End

With all of the activities, you are free to participate or to just sit and listen – nothing is compulsory. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Led by: Tuesday Friends Night Team
Times: Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested Donation: $10
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
Aryaloka has collection boxes in the entryway for local charities. Aryaloka is currently collecting for the Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth. Safe Harbor provides support and resources for anyone affected by alcohol and drug addiction. Safe Harbor needs cleaning products, office supplies, and personal care items. We are also collecting non-perishable food for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Please feel free to bring a donation for these charities when you arrive. 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.

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 ourselves. With practice, Metta flowers into compassion and equanimity.

These introductory workshops alternate between the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving-kindness) meditation practices, so join us next time to explore another practice!

For a grounding introduction to the practice of meditation and/or Buddhism a combination of meditation workshops and/or an evening class is recommended. Any series or day can also be taken on its own. No prior experience is necessary for introductory level events. All of these courses are also appropriate for practitioners with some experience who wish to refresh their practice.

Foundation Meditations

At Aryaloka we begin with traditional meditations. Each is a path to awakening and a basis for other forms of meditation, such as the Brahmaviharas and Anapanasati meditations, which we teach for experienced practitioners.

Foundation practices belong to the broad class of samatha meditations which develop calm, concentration and a still, pliable mind that is open to insight and deep reflection.

    • Mindfulness of Breathing is a practice that helps us to develop a calm, clear, and focused mind. With mindfulness we develop concentration and awareness. A concentrated mind, flexible and alert, is poised for insight into the nature of mind and life itself.
    • 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 ourselves. With practice, metta flowers into compassion and equanimity.
    • Just Sitting practice is an open or ‘formless’ meditation of direct awareness of our present moment experience.
    • Walking meditation is mindfulness and metta in motion, following the Buddha’s way of bringing awareness into all our activities.

Click here to register online.

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

Led by: Dh. Narottama
Times: Saturday, March 24th  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $70/55/30
Level:Open to All

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
Sunday May 27, 2:00 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.

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Event Dates: Sunday, April 29, 2018


exploring_mindfulness_smMindfulness 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 opens the way to clear, creative states of mind. It is a proven effective approach to the treatment of stress, depression, and chronic pain.

This four hour workshop, will introduce a range of exercises to help participants learn new ways of paying attention to the flow of experience, one more rooted in the present moment rather than in assumptions based on the past or imagined outcomes. The exercises are simple and accessible, but can have a powerful effect on one’s ability to handle difficult situations, feelings and moods, even painful physical sensations and chronic illness.

Sunada Takagi lives in the Boston area, where she teaches classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and coaches individual clients in living more mindful, purposeful lives (www.mindfulpurpose.com). She received her training through the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center. Sunada was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2004 and has been teaching meditation and mindfulness in both Buddhist and secular contexts ever since.

Register online or call the office Monday – Friday between 9:00 and 3:00

Led by: Dh. Sunada
Times: Sunday, April 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $70/55/30
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.

Ancient Wisdom: The Purpose of Living a Spiritual Life

Event Dates: Sunday, June 17, 2018. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


In a lively conversation with one of his monastic followers, Shakyamuni Buddha highlights which questions and spiritual teachings are helpful and which questions and teachings are not. By following their discussion we all learn what the purpose of a spiritual life truly is. The day will be an opportunity to meet Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha, in a direct, rich, uncomplicated and personal way. The day will include reading together a short sutta from the Pali canon, Sutta 63 from the Majjhima Nikaya (the CulaMalankya Sutta). We’ll discuss the Sutta in its 2500 year old setting but also talk together about its meaning for us today. This study day is suitable for people of all levels of experience.

You may register online here.

Or register by calling the office between 9 am and 3 pm, M-F, 603-659-5456.

Led by:  Vidhuma
Times:  9 am – 1 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: $70/55/30
Level: Experienced
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.

Eating in Peace: How to Start a Vegetarian Diet

Event Date: Saturday, December 8, 9am – 2pm


For anyone who is considering going vegetarian, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. In this workshop led by Certified Health Coach Khemavassika we’ll explore how to adopt a healthy vegetarian diet, why Buddhism encourages us to be kind to our food, and learn some great tips and recipes to get started.

The day starts with a brief meditation, followed by a discussion of the Buddhist ethical principle of non-harm and how it is applied practically. We’ll also explore some of the nutritional principles of giving up animal protein and keeping a balanced and robust diet. Then we’ll move to the fun part – spending time in the kitchen preparing and eating three vegetarian dishes, which may just have a holiday theme! The workshop fee includes food, handouts, and recipes for you to take home and try out.

Only six spaces are available for this workshop, so please register in advance!

Click here to register online

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

Led by: Khemavassika
Times: December 8, 9am – 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: $70/55/40
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page