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"Spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life."
~ Samyutta Nikaya, Verse 2

At Aryaloka, we cultivate strong and meaningful relationships with each other through our practice of Buddhism and our focus on compassion, communication, and community. Check back with this page regularly to get the latest events, information, and goings-on from our sangha.

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Mandala Evening: Using the Dharma to Understand – and Overcome – Racial Bias in Ourselves and Our Communities

Event Date: Tuesday, December 19, 6:45 – 9:15 pm

Once a quarter, the entire sangha will gather together at Aryaloka for an extra special, extra inspiring, community-building event. These BuddhasMandala Evenings are opportunities for all members of the sangha – Order members, Mitras, Friends – to gather together for collective practice, study, friendship, and rejoicing.

Mandala Evening will take place during Tuesday Friends Night. Check our website and Facebook for details about each Mandala Evening’s program.

Mandala Evening: Using the Dharma to Understand – and Overcome – Racial Bias in Ourselves and Our Communities

December 19; 6:45 – 9:15 pm

Join us for an exploration and discussion about racial bias and Dharma. We’ll investigate what implicit racial bias is, how its development can be understood through the Buddha’s teaching of conditionality, and how the practice of mindfulness can help disrupt the mechanisms that maintain bias.

The evening will feature a talk by Viveka, Mindfulness and the Creative Disruption of Bias. A member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, meditation teacher, and social justice advocate, Viveka is the Emeritus Chairwoman of the San Francisco Buddhist Center and a core coach at Coaching for Justice in Oakland, CA.

After Viveka’s talk, a conversation cafe will give us opportunity to further explore the issues of racial biases and how to use the Dharma to free ourselves of them.

About Mandala evening: Once a quarter, the entire sangha will gather together at Aryaloka for an extra special event, such as a talk by your favorite Order member or a meditation workshop by a visiting teacher. These Mandala Evenings are opportunities for all members of the sangha – Order members, Mitras, Friends – to gather together for collective practice, study, friendship, and rejoicing.

Mandala Evening will take place during Tuesday Friends Night. Check our website and Facebook for details about each Mandala Evening’s program.

 

Sangha Day

Event Dates: Saturday, November 4, 2017


Everyone is welcome to join this festive celebration of the local, international, historical, and archetypal spiritual communities! This year’s festival will focus on how we as Buddhists, individually and as a sangha, practice during times of chaos and uncertainty. The festival will begin with meditation and a seven-fold puja, followed by a pot luch lunch. After lunch Sunada will give a talk on the day’s theme, which will be followed by a conversation cafe. Please bring a vegetarian dish for the pot luck lunch. There is no fee for the day, but donations are appreciated.

Children’s activities will take place from 11:30 – 12:30pm. Children can join us for the pot luck lunch after the children’s activities if they wish.

11:00- Sangha Day begins

11:15- Meditation and Puja

12:30- Potluck Lunch (and cleanup)

1:30- Talk by Dh. Sunada: Practice during times of chaos and uncertainty. Partisan politics, hurricanes and earthquakes, mass shootings, nuclear threats … our world at times feels like a living nightmare. How do we as Buddhists, individually and as a sangha, respond to all this? And how do we keep our sanity? Sunada shares her personal reflections in this Sangha Day talk.

2:00- Conversation Cafe on themes from talk

3:00- Come back to large group to wrap up

3:30- Sangha Day concludes

Open to all, donations appreciated

Led by: Sunada and Shuddhayu
Times: Saturday, November 4th 11: 00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations welcome
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
Aryaloka has collection boxes in the entryway for local charities. Aryaloka is currently collecting children’s clothing and personal care items for Crossroads House in Portsmouth and pet food and supplies for NHSPCA. 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.

Children’s Sangha – Blue Job Hike

Event Dates: Saturday, October 28 (rain date October 29)


Sangha HikeThis month we will be taking a hike up Blue Job Mountain in Farmington / Rochester, NH. This event is by donation. However, it is important that you register so we know how many are coming and will wait for everyone at the parking area before heading up the trail. Information and directions to Blue Job here. For safety reasons, parents must remain with their children.

These gatherings are a wonderful way to introduce Buddhism and mindfulness to your young ones. Each month, Alisha 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 also offers a Teen Night at Aryaloka on the first Tuesday evening of the month.

Led by: Alisha Roberts
Times: Saturday, October 28 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to all with children

Sangha Retreat: Spiral and Mandala ~ Charting the Inner Way, a Retreat for the Northeast Triratna Sangha

Event Dates: Friday, October 20, 2017 – Sunday, October 22, 2017


A sangha retreat, for friends, mitras and Order members across the region; this retreat will be suitable for people just getting their feet on a path and for people who’ve been walking for ages. The retreat aims to ‘inspire and guide’ through collective practice as a sangha.

Prior experience with meditation will be very helpful, though some of the meditations will be guided. The retreat will include five intensive meditation sessions and three ‘mapping’ sessions.

There are many helpful ‘maps’ or guides to spiritual life – the many familiar lists in Buddhism (such as the Noble Eightfold Path or Six Perfections) help us aim in the right direction. On this retreat we will use as our guide the ‘System of Practice’ that has five aspects: integration; positive emotion and skillful action; receptivity; wisdom or spiritual death; and freedom or spiritual rebirth. We’ll meditate according to each aspect and we’ll look at our experience and where we are going in two ways: in terms of a path that spirals and in terms of entering a mandala, or a palace, of increasing awareness, contentment, energy, wisdom and compassion.

Come be part of the expedition. We’ll help each other chart the inner way.

Led by Amala, longtime practitioner and meditation and Dharma teacher at Aryaloka. Amala is fond of maps in all forms but when out on her own, she invariably finds herself bushwhacking off the trail at some point. A few scratches and twigs caught in her hair along the way mean it was a good journey.

Led by: Amala
Times: 7pm Friday October 20, – 2pm Sunday October 22
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $275/220/175
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.

Practicing Loving Kindness as an Humanitarian: “It is Truly Not About Me,” by Dh. Samayasri

Originally published in vajrabell Spring/Summer 2017 (c) 2017 Aryaloka Buddhist Center

“I may be bustling to a meeting in New York with Facebook or HBO and it all may seem very modern and cosmopolitan, but the core of the work is making a difference to refugees or people caught up in war or famine, in war zones or camps, or in relative safety but struggling with xenophobia that has strengthened in many parts of the world including the United States. It is truly not about me.”

It seems appropriate – although not straightforward – to be writing about the subject of loving kindness in the context of my work. Of course, it is deeply appropriate, because the sector I work for embodies human altruism. Most organizations like mine – the International Rescue Committee – have profound roots in the same human desire to meet the suffering of others or deal with the degradation of the planet with moral conviction, generosity and a determination to change.

Enormous progress has been made on issues such as disease eradication, human rights, hunger alleviation, universal education and safety for refugees thanks to remarkable people who – like many Dharma followers – surrender their adult lives to service, often at the risk of their own lives and by foregoing normal human comforts like a family life or a settled home. It has been my privilege over the years to work with many remarkable people like this, including some who died prematurely as a result of their duties. (more…)

Vajra Bell – Spring/Summer 2017

   In this issue

  • Waking up in Times of Stress
  • Practicing Loving Kindness as an Humanitarian
  • Pilgrimage to India
  • Triratna Celebrates 50 Years: ‘Working it Out as We Go,’
  • Interview with Dh. Viriyagita
  • Channeling Cassandra: Aryaloka Depends On Your Support
  • Generosity is an “Act of True Freedom”
  • Board of Directors Notes
  • Sangha notes from Portsmouth, Nagaloka, Concord, San Francisco, Missoula, and NYC sanghas

Read it online                        Download it here

 

 

Dharma Day Celebration

Event Date: Sunday, July 9, 2017


DharmaDay_smPlease join us as we celebrate Dharma Day, one of several important Buddhist festivals throughout the year, marking our gratitude for the teachings of the Buddha!

Our plans for the afternoon:

12:00 Set up and enjoy a Potluck Lunch.  Please bring a favorite dish to share. After clean up….

1:15 – Dhammapada Puja

2:00 – Break

2:15 – Hearing the Dharma. Order Members and Sangha are encouraged to bring favorite Dharma passages to share with the group.

2:45 – Reflecting on the Dharma

3:15 – Meditating on the Dharma

3:45 – Conclusion and Clean Up

The “Art from the Order” exhibition will be on display in our gallery. Please take some time to appreciate the creative expression of our Order Members. Visit the Stupa, walk through the gardens, or follow the trails by the river.

Everyone is welcome to join with the Aryaloka community and take part in this special celebration.

Led by: Satyadaya and Khemavassika
Times: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 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.

Young Sangha Hangout

Event Dates: Sunday, November 27, 2016


young_persons_smIf you’re a New England Triratna sangha member in your 20s and 30s (or thereabouts and young at heart) please join us for the fourth gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

These monthly gatherings are a great chance to get together with other young sangha members to hang out, get to know each other, and talk about various issues and topics. Come be a part of the creation of our fledgling gang of Dharma practitioners!

The Young Person’s Sangha meets on the fourth Sunday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We will meet at Aryaloka on  September 25th and November 27th. Contact Dh. Rijupatha at rijupatha@gmail.com to make sure you’re on the mailing list for young folks and stay tuned.

Upcoming Meeting Dates & Locations:

Sep 25    Aryaloka Buddhist Center
Oct 02    Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Oct 16    Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Nov 13    Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Nov 27    Aryaloka Buddhist Center
Dec 11    Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Young members of all the regional sanghas – Portsmouth Buddhist Center, Nagaloka Buddhist Center, and Triratna Boston – are all heartily invited!

Led by: Dh. Rijupatha
Times: 4th Sunday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 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: Autumn Series, Ethics in Everyday Life

Event Dates: Begins Tuesday, September 5, 2017


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.

The Autumn session will be Ethics in Everyday Life with an emphasis on how Buddhism is relevant for life today.

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.

Aryaloka’s Annual Silent Auction

Event Dates: October 30th – November 4th


SEE BELOW FOR ITEMS THAT WILL BE UP FOR AUCTION. THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS MORE ITEMS COME IN!

This year’s auction will be an entirely silent auction. Stop by Aryaloka any time during the week to leave your bids on the items you’d like. The auction will conclude at lunch time on Sangha day, November 4. You do not need to be present at the conclusion of the auction to claim your item. We will notify you if you have the winning bid for an item.

You can help make this event a success!

Donations, donations, donations! We’re looking for unique, new items as well as personal services. Be creative! Past donations have included handmade jewelry and scarves, dinner for 6 in the donor’s home, sailing lessons, massage, personal decluttering, etc…

Bring people! The auction is an enjoyable and fun way to support Aryaloka.

How to donate to the auction:

Items and objects can be brought to the office. Please label each one with your name, phone, and email, a brief description of the item, and approximate dollar value. Forms are available on the auction display table in the lounge.

Services (e.g., trip to a museum, dog sitting) should be emailed or called into the office, info@aryaloka.org, 603-659-5456. Again, please give your name and contact information, a brief description of the item and approximate value.

Local retailers: We really like donations from area merchants. Please consider asking for a donation or gift certificate from a business you frequent (e.g., your favorite coffee shop, bookstore, yoga studio). Aryaloka provides great community service through our meditation classes, retreats, and outreach programs. A special thank you to those who will help in this way!

Please remember, the fundraising auction is an important source of funds for keeping the dharma alive and well at Aryaloka.

 

Handknit Aran Cardigan, 100% Wool, women’s size medium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sterling silver and turquoise jewelry with Buddhist designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rupas, approximately 6″ tall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metal Buddha rupa, approximately 8″ tall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incense and holder from India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four skeins of 100% wool from sheep raised in South Berwick. Each skein is ~4 oz and 250 yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Giclee prints by Deborah Seavey Howard. 12×12

 

Brexton Picnic Basket Set made in England, circa 1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mala, brought home from India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meditation timer. ,uses 3 AA batteries. Stands ~5″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handknit scarf, Superwash wool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital meditation timer and alarm clock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Buddha Book: Buddhas, Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals to Grant you Love, Wisdom and Healing by Lillian Too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Certifcate to Port City Makerspace. Have fun using their tools and equipment to make something for yourself or a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Gift Certificate to a Weekend Retreat of Your Choice at Aryaloka

 

 

Led by: Various
Times: October 30th – November 4th, 10:00am – 3:00pm and during events and gatherings
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee:
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.

Teen Night

Event Dates: Ongoing, First Tuesday evening of each month


teen-night_smJoin Alisha Roberts for Teen Night at Friends Night on the first Tuesday Evening of every month. The teen group will meditate for 40 minutes then come together for discussion.

Friends 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.

Typically, our Tuesday night activities include:

• 6:45 – Tea and announcements

• 7:00 – Meditation

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

• 9:15 – End

Led by: Alisha Roberts
Times: 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested donation $10
Level: Open to All teens
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 entry way. 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.

Young Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday, February 22, 2015


buddha-rupa3_300px_squareThis gathering is reserved for young adults in our sangha to come together. The age range is up to 40 years old. Join us on Saturday, February 22nd for our first meeting.

Led by: Rijupatha
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 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.

Path of Practice Group

Event Dates: Year-long monthly workshop series – 2nd Sunday of each month
January 11, 2015 – Sunday December 14, 2015

Register for this Event (please register for the full year by January 11, 2015)


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“If we want to make progress [on the Buddhist Path] and continue to make progress there must be a radical change… from the Path of Irregular Steps to the Path of Regular Steps.”  ~ Sangharakshita, p. 131, Guide to the Buddhist Path

Perhaps you set a goal for 2015 to ‘get serious’ about your practice.  Perhaps you want to make connections with others in our local sangha who are seriously committed to following a spiritual path. Perhaps you want to get your practice back on track.
Aryaloka will provide a program in 2015 to help you attain your goals. The Path of Practice is open to those who want to deepen their practice in 2015.  The Path of Practice will offer monthly meetings  on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:00 am and concluding at 1:00 pm.  The first meeting is Sunday, January 11.  Amala and Khemavassika will facilitate the series and they will be joined by various order members who will lead meetings.
What will each morning consist of? While each meeting will differ, shrine room practice will be important – meditation, puja.  Some mornings will feature sutta or sutra study, others may have a talk.  There will be the opportunity to share your experiences with others in thprogram.
Who can participate?  The series in open to order members, mitras and anyone who has come along to Aryaloka for a while and can commit to participating for the entire series.  This is key – we will create a spiritual community within a spiritual community, making it important to agree to participate consistently.
Please register with the office.  If you have questions, please contact Khemavassika, in Amala’s absence (Khemavassika@gmail.com).  Fees for the series are offered on a sliding scale fee – there is an option to pay for the series on a quarterly basis.

Photo Credit: Dh. Dharmasuri

Led by: Amala and Khemavassika
Times: Second Sunday of each month; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $480/$400/$320
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.

Vajra Bell – Winter 2012

Vajra Bell - Winter 2012In this issue:

  • “Getting Unblocked: Working with the Five Hindrances in Meditation” by Saddhamala
  • Reflections on 2011 from the Aryaloka Buddhist Center Council
  • “Releasing the Butterfly: Living with Impermanence” by Ashley Davis Bush
  • Movie Review: “Travelers and Musicians,” by Daniel Bush
  • Tom Gaillard shows that the year’s finances end on a positive note
  • Online Insight: The Best Buddhist Blogs
  • New additions at Buddhaworks, the Aryaloka bookstore
  • Men’s sangha spends a day with Asian culture at the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Upcoming arts events at Aryaloka
  • Sheila Groonell writes about the fun of contemplative movement
  • Poetry from our sangha members