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.

Upcoming Classes:

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Mindfulness and Health

Event Dates: Saturday February 28, 2015
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mindfulnesshealth_smDr. Paul Shagoury (Vidhuma) will review the impact of mindfulness meditation on physical and emotional health. The presentation will include a working definition of mindfulness along with a review and summary of research on mindfulness and stress, depression, cancer, anxiety and overall well-being.

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Sunday Evenings on the Screen Porch with a Poem

Event Dates: Sundays, July 3rd, July 10th, July 17th, Aug. 7th, Aug. 14th and Sept. 4th


buddhaatwindowThis summer on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. we will meet to talk about a poem each week, when the center is not in use for a retreat.

A poem can be a powerful thing, sometimes bringing up a memory, or a question, an insight, sometimes confusion or pain, love or joy. And often different people hear different things. We’re hoping we can learn more about ourselves, each other, life, and the Dharma as we do this.

If you have a poem from your past, one you’ve loved or hated, or have a question about, please let us know and we can use it some week. And we hope to use a poem or two of Sangharakshita’s at some time. If you expect to come, and let the office know, you’ll receive the Poem of the Week by email beforehand to read and think about. If you decide to come at the last minute, that’s fine, please come and read and think about it with the rest of us. Iced tea and cookies will be available.

Led by: Dh. Kavyadrishti
Times: Sundays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations welcome
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday, Dec. 18th


childrens_sangha2_smThese classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. The class is for children ages up to 9. In each class there is a short talk, gentle meditation, and an arts and crafts activity related to a Buddhist theme. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed.

These gatherings are a wonderful way to introduce Buddhism and mindfulness to your young ones. Each month, Alisha Roberts offers a unique and lovely occasion for you to share with your children and the Aryaloka community. Feel free to call the office if you have any questions about these gatherings. If you have teens who may be interested in Buddhism, Alisha Roberts also offers a Teen Night at Aryaloka on the first Tuesday evening of the month.

The Children’s Sangha typically meets on the second Sunday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. We will meet at Aryaloka on Jul. 10th, Aug. 14th, Nov. 13th, and Dec. 18th. Sign up below to let the us know you plant to attend.

Led by: Alisha Roberts
Times: Sunday, Dec. 18th 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Late Summer Series

Event Dates: Begins Tuesday August 9, 2016


buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00 p.m., when we gather 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 & Discussion Groups:

Introduction to Buddhism – Led by: Elizabeth Hellard

Elizabeth Hellard will lead this introductory study and lively discussion on Buddhism – If you’re new to Buddhism, or just want to take some time to review the basics, join us on a journey through the fundamentals. We will explore many topics, including “What is Buddhism?”, The Buddha, Buddhist ethics, meditation, wisdom & enlightenment, devotional practice, and the history of Buddhism.

Mindfulness – Led by: Tom Gaillard and Barry Timmerman

Join Tom Gaillard and Barry Timmerman for more practice on applying mindfulness, or kindly awareness, off the cushion. The session will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness – the body, feelings, mental states, and dhammas – with a small group discussion of each week’s homework practice activity.

No self, no problem – Led by: Dh. Arjava

This group will explore how the ego’s clinging to a sense of a fixed self prevents us from seeing our true nature. By letting go of this fiction, we can experience the freedom and joy of “no self”. Discussion will look at how ego grasping affects mindfulness, compassion and awakening in our daily lives.

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: 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.

Friends’ Night At UU Fellowship

Event Dates: Tuesday, September 13th, October 18th & October 25th


dsc_01414This fall while Aryaloka’s building will be closed for retreats, Tuesday Friends’ Night will take place at the Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Tuesday’s, September 13th, October 18th and October 25th.  All other Tuesday Friends’ Night’s will take place at Aryaloka. 

The Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has been very kind in offering their space for these two nights, so we will see you all there from 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.  The church is located at 20 Madbury Road, in Durham, NH.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., when we gather 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 also offered, after which, you can join the rest of the group for the second half of the evening.

Study & Discussion Groups:

Introduction to Buddhism 

Elizabeth Hellard will lead this introductory study and lively discussion on Buddhism – If you’re new to Buddhism, or just want to take some time to review the basics, join us on a journey through the fundamentals. We will explore many topics, including “What is Buddhism?”, The Buddha, Buddhist ethics, meditation, wisdom & enlightenment, devotional practice, and the history of Buddhism.

Mindfulness

Join Tom Gaillard and Barry Timmerman for more practice on applying mindfulness, or kindly awareness, off the cushion. The session will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness – the body, feelings, mental states, and dhammas – with a small group discussion of each week’s homework practice activity.

Typically, our 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: Friends Night Team
Times: Tuesday’s, September 13th, October 18th and October 25th 6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 20 Madbury Road, Durham, NH.
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.

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday evenings, September 21, 2016 – October 12, 2016


intromeditation2_smThis 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 does not need to be a Buddhist or have Buddhist beliefs to practice them.

Attention will be given to the benefits of meditation, meditation posture, and working with difficulties in meditation. There will be ample opportunity for questions and answers. This course is suitable for complete newcomers to meditation practice as well as those who have meditated previously but would like a refresher.

Led by: Dh. Lilasiddhi
Times: Wednesdays, Sept. 21st – Oct. 12th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $75/60/50
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.

Exploring Insight: Advanced Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesdays, November 30, 2016 – December 21. 2016


DSC_0266On this four-week course we’ll explore insight meditation: how is it related to and different from calming and concentration approaches to meditation? We will also explore the Three Lakshanas (“marks”) of impermanence, non-self, and unsatisfactoriness. Contemplation of the Three Lakshanas loosens our fixed sense of reality and opens us up to a more fluid sense of ourselves and the world around us.  Prior experience with Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana practices is an important basis for this class.

Led by: Dh. Amala
Times: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wednesdays, November 30th – December 21st
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $75/60/50
Level: Experienced
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.