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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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 Aug. 21st 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
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 and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesdays, July 6, 2016 – August 10, 2016


dsc_01414On these six Wednesday evenings we will learn traditional Buddhist meditations and also explore basic Buddhist teachings.

The three basic meditation forms taught will include the Mindfulness of Breathing, the Metta Bhavana or development of loving-kindness meditation, and walking meditation. These forms have been found to be supportive and helpful to most everyone by helping us to focus, to become more at ease, to know our own minds more fully.

Buddhist teachings we’ll explore will include the five ethical precepts, the principle of conditionality or interconnectedness, and the Four Noble Truths. The course emphasizes how the Buddhist tradition applies to our lives and the world as we know it now.

Led by: Meditation Teaching Team
Times: Wednesdays, July 6th – Aug. 10th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $115/95/70
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.

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Saturday, July 9, 2016


12963883_10153949227365225_1318265055505652863_nThis 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.

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.

These monthly 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.
Led by: Dh. Candradasa
Times: Saturday, July 9th 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.

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sundays, Jul. 10th, Aug. 14th, Nov. 13th, and 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, July 10th 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 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.

Mindfulness and Health

Event Dates: Sunday, July 17, 2016


mindfulnesshealth_sm“Dr. 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 several specific health concerns including stress, depression, cancer, and anxiety. The presentation will also discuss mindfulness and other important factors conducive to resilience and overall well-being.

Dr. Paul Shagoury (Dh. Vidhuma) received his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1971 and his license to practice psychology in New Hampshire in 1976. He worked as an individual and family psychotherapist in community mental health centers and in private practice for over 30 years. Dr. Shagoury concluded his professional career as Chief Psychologist at New Hampshire Hospital and retired in 2013. Ordained as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1997, Dr. Shagoury has been an active participant and teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community.”

Led by: Dr. Paul Shagoury (Dh. Vidhuma)
Times: Sunday, July 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.

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Theragatha – Voices of the Arhants

Event Dates: Sunday, July 24, 2016


buddha-rupa5_300px_squareJoin us for Ancient Wisdom Study Day – Theragatha: Voices of the Arhants: the Buddha’s Enlightened Disciples.

It has been written that “In this world the only person that walks with perfect freedom is an Arhant”. The Theragatha, Verses of the Elder Monks, relates the stories of these great disciples. We will meditate on and study their relationship with the Buddha, and their intense dedication to enlightenment. These stories from the Teragatha are among the oldest of the Buddhist Suttas.

The teacher for the class  is Dh. Surakshita.  He is a wonderful teacher with much experience and wisdom to share. Surakshita ran onto Aryaloka in 1988 and found his Buddhist home. In 1998 he was ordained by Subhuti. His name means “Well protected by the Buddha.” Surakshita is married to Susan and has two sons who are married to beautiful women and four grandchildren who are the best! Susan and he are retired and thoroughly enjoying it.

Led by: Dh. Surakshita
Times: Sunday, July 24th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $65/50/35
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.

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.

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