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 Course

Event Dates: Wednesday July 9, 2014 – Wednesday July 9, 2014

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PaintingThis 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. (more…)

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Heart Sutra

Event Dates: Saturday July 19, 2014 – Saturday July 19, 2014

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Heart Sutra RetreatJoin Aryaloka’s senior Dharma teachers for study of suttas, sutras, and stories from throughout the Buddhist tradition. This month’s study is entitled “The Heart Sutra,” led by Amala. (more…)

Introduction to Meditation Workshop: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday July 27, 2014 – Sunday July 27, 2014

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MeditationThis 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. (more…)

Young Sangha Gathering

Event Dates: Saturday August 9, 2014 – Saturday August 9, 2014

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Young SanghaThese classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. Our first hour 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. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed. The second hour is for ages 10 to 17. During this hour we will have gentle meditation and discussion on topics relevant to teens and how to live the practices in our lives. (more…)

Keeping it Real: Dealing with Difficult Emotions

Event Dates: Sunday August 10, 2014 – Sunday August 10, 2014

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emotions_sm“Before Enlightenment, chop wood carry water, after Enlightenment, chop wood carry water.” (Zen saying)

In the “Keeping it Real: Practicing the Dharma off the Cushion” workshop series we will investigate how our everyday lives can express our Dharma practice. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic, and provide tools and guidance for navigating the trickier areas of our lives. Although each individual workshop will have a different format, they all will offer ample time for reflection and discussion of one’s own circumstances and experience. (more…)

Kado – The Way of Flowers

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

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kado2_smIkebana (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…)

Young Sangha Gathering

Event Dates: Sunday October 19, 2014 – Sunday October 19, 2014

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Young SanghaThese classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. Our first hour 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. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed. The second hour is for ages 10 to 17. During this hour we will have gentle meditation and discussion on topics relevant to teens and how to live the practices in our lives. (more…)

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Event Dates: Sunday October 19, 2014 – Sunday October 19, 2014

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dhyanas_smDo you ever wonder if there is more to meditation practice than you are experiencing? When practicing the Mindfulness of Breathing, do you sometimes wonder what to do after you get to 10? Does your mind wander more than you’d like? Is metta sometimes hard to cultivate? (more…)

Exploring Mindfulness: The joy of bringing awareness into our daily lives

Event Dates: Saturday November 22, 2014 – Saturday November 22, 2014

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exploring_mindfulness_smAre you ready to take your mindfulness to a deeper level? Treat yourself to a relaxing and spacious day of mindfulness practice, including meditation, activities, noble silence, gentle yoga, and small group discussion. This mini-retreat will offer you practical ways to apply mindfulness in your relationships, communication, and work. Led by Akashavanda and Tom Gaillard. (more…)

Keeping it Real: Spiritual Friendship

Event Dates: Saturday December 13, 2014 – Saturday December 13, 2014

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Men's DayThe Dharma off the Cushion” workshop series we will investigate how our everyday lives can express our Dharma practice. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic, and provide tools and guidance for navigating the trickier areas of our lives. Although each individual workshop will have a different format, they all will offer ample time for reflection and discussion of one’s own circumstances and experience. (more…)

Young Sangha Gathering

Event Dates: Sunday December 14, 2014 – Sunday December 14, 2014

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Young SanghaThese classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. Our first hour 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. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed. The second hour is for ages 10 to 17. During this hour we will have gentle meditation and discussion on topics relevant to teens and how to live the practices in our lives. (more…)