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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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, 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.

Tuesday Friends’ Night with Nagabodhi

Event Dates: Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Nagabodhi, public preceptorJoin Nagabodhi for meditation and a dharma talk at Friends’ Night! Nagabodhi is a senior Order member living in the United Kingdom. He visits Aryaloka annually and is especially skilled in leading study on important texts. Nagabodhi has much insight to share into Aryaloka and the dharma. He has been teaching mindfulness and meditation for over 40 years, and currently runs mindfulness courses, workshops, and private coaching in the southwest of England. The evening is sure to be a delight from start to finish.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:15 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.

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 and Nagabodhi
Times: Tuesday, Sept. 27th 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations Appreciated
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.

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Event Dates: Sunday, October 2, 2016


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.

About the Instructors:
Nagabodhi (Terry Pilchick) has been teaching mindfulness and meditation for over 40 years, and currently runs mindfulness courses, workshops, and private coaching in the southwest of England (http://www.mindfulness-west.com/). Although discovering meditation in a Buddhist context, Nagabodhi is well versed in the secular applications of mindfulness. He has completed the Teacher Development course run by the University of Bangor’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and practice and the Breathworks Foundation’s mindfulness-based pain management program. He has also trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Chris Cullen and Antonia Sumbundu, Michael Chaskalson, and with Breathing Space, a London-based project offering mindfulness-based courses for depression and addiction, where he developed a mindfulness-based program for quitting smokers.

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.

Led by: Dh. Nagabodhi & Dh. Sunada
Times: Sunday, October 2nd, 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’ Night: Ambedkar Day Celebration

Event Dates: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 during Friends Night


This event will mark the 60th anniversary of the occasion on which 400,000 people converted to Buddhism under the leadership of Dr. Ambedkar.dr-_bhim_rao_ambedkar

The great leader and reformer Dr. Ambedkar was born into one of the lowest social castes in India, but died as a highly respected reformer, scholar, and Buddhist. During his radical life he became a transformer of unjust social life in India. His leadership in social and economic justice and personal inspiration has affected millions of people both within and outside of India. His connection to Sangharakshita (the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community) continues to have a lasting and important effect.

6:00 Indian dinner prepared by Harshal Dofe

7:00 Meditation and reading of selected teachings of Dr. Ambedkar

8:00 Video presentation and guest speakers Sanjay Bhagat and Suraj Yengde about Ambedkar’s life, work, and conversion to Buddhism, followed by discussion.

Information will be available about the status of Buddhism in India today and how we can support it.

With all of Friends Night 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: Various
Times: Tuesday, Oct. 11th 6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations for the Indian Dhamma Trust
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.

Tuesday Friends Night: Cafe Evening & Meditation Tune up

Event Dates: Tuesday, November 8, 2016


SatipatthanaWhen study series are complete for our Tuesday Friend’s Nights we like to hold these evenings to reconnect before embarking on a new series, and they’re always lots of fun. We’ll be having a potluck dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m., where we can share a yummy meal with each other, meet new friends, and catch up with old ones! This evening we will aim to refresh our meditation practice. Meditation Tune-Up Evenings have three sections cafe style, focusing on meditation posture, issues and obstacles in meditating, and dropping the counting in the Mindfulness of Breathing practice.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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.

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, Nov. 8th 5:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations Appreciated
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.

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Fall Series

Event Dates: Begins Tuesday, November 15, 2016


buddha-rupa3_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:15 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.

Typical 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.

No self, no problem – 

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
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.

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.

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Images and Archetypes in the Life and Teachings of the Buddha

Event Dates: Saturday, December 17, 2016


no-image4_300px_squareThe Bodhi Tree, Lotus flowers, The Vajracheddika, Vajras. These images from the Buddha’s life hold great symbolic significance. Understanding their meaning can help us awaken the spiritual qualities they represent. Join Dh. Candradasa for an exploration of key images, symbols, and archetypes in the life story of the Buddha, as expressed in Ashvaghosas’s Buddhacarita and other early suttas. We’ll use meditation, discussion, poetry, and ritual to deeply engage with these images. Emphasis will be on the role of imagination in spiritual practice.

About the Teacher: Dh. Candradasa

Candradasa was ordained in 2001. He is from Scotland and has lived in New Hampshire for five years. His name means “Slave to the Moon,” explicitly referencing (amongst other things!) the lines about the Bodhicitta in Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara: “In devotion I offer myself as your slave…” and “It is the heart’s waxing moon, cooling the heat of passion.” He is the Director of Dharmachakra, which produces Free Buddhist Audio and the Triratna Buddhist Community website: thebuddhistcenter.com

Led by:  Dh. Candradasa
Times: Saturday, December 17th 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.