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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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Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday, May, 10, 2016


MeditationToolkit_smJoin us for Meditation Tune-Up Evening at Aryaloka! When study series are complete for our Tuesday Friend’s Nights we like to hold these evenings to delve deeper into meditation before embarking on a new series. Meditation Tune-Up Evenings have three separate groups, 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 6:45-9:15, 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: 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested Donation $10
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: Cafe Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday May, 3, 2016


cafe_smJoin us for Cafe Night at Aryaloka! When 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, where we can share a yummy meal with each other, meet new friends, and catch up with old ones! So please bring a scrumptious dish to share with others…

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: 5:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: $10 suggested donation
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: Spring Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays, May 17, 2016 – July 12, 2016


buddha-rupa3_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.

Typical Study & Discussion Group Topics –

What is the Buddha? –Led by: Tuesday Team Members

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.

Ego and the the idea of a fixed self  – Led by: Dh. Arjava & Dh. Akashavanda

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.

The Five Jinas – Led by: Tom Gaillard and Dh. Khemavassika

This  series will discover the Five Jinas, or the representations of the five qualities of the Buddha. It’ll be an exploration of the imagery and symbolism that engages the imagination, and leads to a fuller and deeper connection with the Buddha. We’ll have interesting discussions spiced with images, chanting, meditation and creative exercises.

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.

Order Day

Event Dates: Saturday, May 7, 2016


Triratna logoOn Saturday, May 7th, local Order members are welcome to join together for a day of community and learning. These events are an opportunity for Order members to meet together for meditation, study, and cultivating connections with each other. Typically there is a delicious pot luck lunch and empowering theme for the day.

Save the date and stay tuned for more details about the day. These gatherings are a community opportunity you wont want to miss.

Please note: This event is for order members only.

Led by: Various order members
Times: TBA
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Order Member Event
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.

Visions of Impermanence: Art Exhibit

Event Dates: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – Thursday, May 26 2016


Green TaraThis spring Aryaloka has the Visions of Impermanence Art Exhibit on view featuring the art of Tom Gaillard and Deb Howard.

The art exhibit is on view in the yoga room from Tuesday, April 19th – Thursday, May 26th,  Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Yellow Buddha

Tom Gaillard and Deb Howard have deeply reflected on the nature of impermanence and translated their perception into artistic expression. This art exhibit will give you an appreciation of the impertinent fleeting beauty of life.

To learn more view Tom Gaillard’s and Deb Howard’s artist statements in PDF format below.

Artists Statement_Gaillard   &   Artist Statement_Howard

Led by: Tom Gaillard and Deb Howard
Times:  Exhibit on view: Tuesday, April 19th – Thursday, May 26th M-F 11:00 a.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.

Silent Auction and Fundraising Dinner

Event Dates: Friday, May 6, 2016


Update: View silent auction items here.

auction_smThe 2016 Aryaloka Fundraising Auction and Dinner will be held on Friday, May 6th. The evening will begin with a silent auction from 5 -6 pm, and be followed by a dinner lovingly prepared by Arjava’s and crew.

Previous years’ items have included original art work, gift certificates to local restaurants and spas, rupas and other Buddhist ritual items, fine jewelry, and services by local sangha members. Many items will be available for bidding several days in advance. You do not need to be present at the dinner to place a bid.

We expect the dinner to sell out, so advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. You may purchase tickets online, in the office during regular business hours, or at any classes during March and April. Tickets cost $20/person, or $35 per duo. Tickets for children 6 – 12 are $10; children 5 and under may attend for free.
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. Dinner is certain to be delicious, so bring your family and friends.
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 needed capital improvements to our beautiful buildings.

Led by: Various
Times: Friday, May 6th, Silent auction from 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Tickets cost $20/person, or $35 per duo. Tickets for children 6 – 12 are $10; children 5 and under may attend for free.
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.

Buddha Day Celebration

Event Dates: Friday, May 20, 2016


Buddhas“How long he sat there we do not know,” wrote Sangharakshita. “It may have been days; it may have been weeks; it may even have been months. As he sat there he controlled and concentrated his mind, purified his mind, suppressed the mental hindrances, the defilements. And on Wesak night, the night of the full moon in May, just as the morning star was rising ~ just as he fixed his mind on that star glittering near the horizon ~ full illumination, full Enlightenment, arose.”

Come celebrate with us the historical and spiritually magnificent day of the Buddha’s Enlightenment . The aspiration for this celebration is that together we will create ~ through shared readings, short talks, silent reflections, and written experiential exercise ~ a very intimate experience of the Buddha. We will more than celebrate the Buddha, but actually move forward into a deeper understanding and relationship with him and the vibrant experience of his Enlightenment.

More details on the day coming soon!

Led by: TBA
Times: TBA
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.

Teen Night

Event Dates: Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, May 3rd, and June 7th


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.

Monday Morning Open Meditation Practice

Event Dates: Monday Mornings


Saluting the ShrineEveryone is welcome to join us for Monday morning meditation practice. There will be two meditation periods, one from 7am till 8am, a great way to start your work week, and another from 8:30 till 10:00am. The second meditation session will begin with refuges and precepts, three fold puja, and then a meditation period till 10am. We have added this practice time because our Tuesday and Thursday morning meditations have been well attended and we want to offer support to everyone wishing to expand their meditation practice. Please consider joining us for either the 7am meditation or the 8:30 session or even better sit both sessions!

Everyone is welcome whether you are a long time meditator, just establishing your practice, or looking for more practice time with friends.

Led by: Dh. Bodhana
Times: Mondays, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.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.

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sundays, Jan. 3rd, Feb. 7th, Mar. 6th, May. 1st, and Jun. 5th


drawinggroup_smThis monthly informal drawing group grew out of a Drawing and Meditation Workshop and it’s a great way to meet up with other artistic spiritual friends.

We meet from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Akashaloka (the building behind the Aryaloka domes).

Bring your own art supplies. While a simple pencil and drawing pad is enough, feel free to bring anything else you may have. Sign-ups not necessary and we will have a Dana bowl for donations. For more information or any questions e-mail Eric Ebbeson at ericsueebbeson@comcast.net

Led by:  Eric Ebbeson
Times: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Venue: Akashaloka
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

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.

Etiquette for Dhardo Rinpoche’s Visit

Dhardo RinpocheSome Etiquette Guidelines for Dhardo Rinpoche’s Visit…

About Rinpoches:

A Rinpoche (Tib: “precious one”) is one who has achieved, by years of study and practice, a high degree of spiritual awareness and attainment. A Rinpoche has frequently gone through extensive training, even in worldly terms, and he has devoted his life to bringing out the highest spiritual potentials in everyone that he contacts, as well as in himself. His compassion extends to all beings, and he selflessly strives to be a purified vessel of the enlightened attitude, and gives of himself to others without hesitation. He is truly a holy person, and for this reason he deserves not only respect, but great consideration.

If the Rinpoche is also a Tulku (Tib: “nirmanakaya”), he is considered an incarnation of a highly evolved individual or bodhisattva, who has been practicing such compassion and selflessness for many lifetimes, to the point that he has deliberately forestalled his own complete liberation in order to return to the realm of suffering and help free others. Anyone who has had experience with the Rinpoches can verify that extraordinary qualities of generosity, compassion and wisdom are unfailingly manifested by them, each in their own unique ways. And in addition, they are repositories of truth, of Dharma. They are due every courtesy that can be extended to them.

Greetings:

Proper respect towards a lama is shown in a simple way. To greet him traditionally, according to the custom of Tibet, one would offer a white silk scarf (Tib: “kata”). If the lama is a high Rinpoche, and especially one’s own teacher, it is customary traditionally to prostrate three times upon arriving and once when leaving, if it is a formal situation. In the West, people are not always comfortable with such demonstrations, particularly if they are not Buddhists, and if this is the case, one may show respect in a natural way, perhaps with a short, Japanese-style bow with hands folded, or with an American-style handshake. The important thing is to acknowledge the lama as one would acknowledge any dignitary or religious personage, in an appropriate way.

When addressing a Rinpoche, he is called “Rinpoche,” as when speaking of him one refers to him by his name as well as his title, for example, “Kalu Rinpoche.” Very high Tulkus, such as His Holiness Karmapa or His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one would address as “Your Holiness.”

Interviews:

If a student is requesting an interview, it is appropriate and customary to bring an offering. Flowers, incense, fruit, candles are symbolic offerings made to the purified Buddha-mind that you perceive in your teacher. Useful items are also good offerings, and money, needless to say, is perhaps the most useful gift of all, and it may be offered without hesitation, wrapped in paper or in an envelope. The lamas have needs like anyone else who inhabits a physical body, though theirs are very simple as a rule, and they are not paid for services rendered, nor do they think about such things. Frequently offerings are immediately turned toward benefitting others, and any offerings made are certainly more for the benefit of the donor than the lama himself. He is a sublime opportunity for the student to express generosity, and he is also an unsurpassable steward, using all things he receives to assist beings.

Awareness in his presence:

When in the presence of a Rinpoche, defer to him in every way possible. Stand when he enters a room – especially the shrine room. Offer him a chair, and if it is the only chair, he should have it and others stand or sit on the floor. If he needs assistance to stand or get around, offer it immediately. His needs should be carefully looked after, and this sometimes requires some insight and observation, as he may not mention his needs even when asked. The lama, not being grasping, will most likely humbly say that he needs nothing. It is up to you to find out, and it is crucial when you are in a position of hosting a lama or coordinating a visit for him. He is a precious bearer of truth, and acts selflessly, sometimes to his own physical detriment, so it is the responsibility of his attendants and hosts to thoughtfully provide for him, protecting him when necessary. This can range from simple things like making sure he has ample water or tea while teaching, has adequate meals, or that he is not over-scheduled during a visit. The lama needs time for rest and meditation. He will rarely say no to a request. It is a visit-coordinator’s responsibility to see that he has time to himself and is not run ragged by lectures, ceremonies and personal interviews. Consideration is the watchword.

An instance of the group of people, all of whom had several opportunities to speak with a Rinpoche apart from teachings and who still insisted on seeing him again as a group, despite the fact that he was exhausted after receiving people steadily for five hours is an example of what should not happen. The obligation rests not only with visit coordinators, but on students who demand extra time, and who might well consider if their ego-satisfaction is more important than the Rinpoche’s well-being.

The Buddha, the Dharma, the Shrine Room

Dharma books and puja texts do not belong on the floor, out of respect for the truth that they contain, but on a table or cushion. Texts should not be stepped over, stepped on or sat on. Like the written Dharma, spoken Dharma is treated respectfully, and strictly speaking, unless one is serving tea, or has a physical problem, one should not get up and walk in and out of teachings and pujas. It shows lack of consideration for others, who are distracted by it, not to mention disrespect for the lama who is teaching. When questions begin, one may freely leave.

Some final notes:

Most of the foregoing are guidelines that could be substantiated by consulting Amy Vanderbilt or Emily Post’s rules of etiquette, because what they embody are common courtesy and respect. In our so called “free” society, many such attitudes of politeness have unfortunately gone by the wayside. Courtesy that springs from the heart, a result of respect, has since ancient times formed a part of spiritual disciplines, as well as been operative in society. To be courteous, respectful, and polite is not a superficial form, but can be a great practice of mindfulness and a way to develop bodhisattva actions. It is with this attitude that one may approach the particular kind of attention to detail that showing respect involves, be it to a lama, in a shrine room, or in ordinary daily interactions.

 

Bhante’s Skype Chat with Aryaloka

Bhante SkypeIn early July of 2012 Sangharakshita and Aryaloka Buddhist Center, along with Triratna New York City, coordinated a live Skype event together – the first of its kind to connect Bhante directly with the North American sanghas using new technology. And we have a recording of the event available for those weren’t able to be there!

In the question and answer session, Sangharakshita shared his thoughts on various topics chosen by sangha members. At the end, several Aryaloka community members and old friends expressed their deep gratitude for Bhante’s contributions. This was a beautiful opportunity for everyone involved, and hopefully one that will set the stage for further chances to connect.

To see the video, visit our Media Page, where you’ll find the entire conversation, along with many other wonderful video resources that you may have missed!

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

Aryaloka 2012 Pledge Drive

An Appeal for Generosity

The Aryaloka Buddhist Center is growing fast and attracting more people who want to learn about and live the Dharma. Our mission is to create the best possible conditions for you to explore, practice and share the Buddhist spiritual path for the benefit of all beings.

The annual appeal is a vital funding source for Aryaloka along with Sangha night donation, retreats and other programs. Unlike the other sources, though, the monthly pledge provides the bedrock of certainty to our monthly income, and enables us to better plan and dedicate the resources towards teaching and spreading the Dharma throughout the region.

Aryaloka is fueled by a considerable volunteer force, and for that we are deeply grateful. Income from retreats and Sangha night donations only cover a portion of the Center’s annual costs. Additional funding is still needed to pay for our small staff, utilities, building maintenance and upkeep, including meeting unexpected (and costly!) issues like squirrel control or the losses from Hurricane Irene.

Bodhisattvas at Play – Spring Work Days

Start Date: Saturday May 18, 2013
End Date: Sunday, May 19, 2013


Spring Work Days Please join us for our spring work days on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great chance to practice generosity and to work together with friends from the Aryaloka sangha to create beauty and harmony inside and outside. We will be cleaning, tidying, working in the gardens and on the grounds – whatever needs doing to make the center shine! No experience necessary.

You can come for a whole day or however long is convenient for you – every bit of effort is a great help! Lunch and snacks will be provided. Friends and family welcome!


Led by: Facilities Team
Times: Sat., 5/18 = 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.;  Sun. 5/19 = 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Registration: No registration necessary
Fee: No charge

Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
More info: Lunch and snacks provided

Welcome to the New Website!

Hello Aryaloka sangha!Painting

We have a new look and lots of new and improved functionality on the latest version of the Aryaloka website. There will be an expanded presentation at some point soon, during the 25th Anniversary evening series of talks, that will go into more detail. But for the moment, here are a few spots you might want to take a look at and explore…

Events Calendar

The new events calendar allows you to see our upcoming events at a glance. Each event has a rollover that gives you a quick teaser of what it’s about, and by clicking on the event it will take you to a more detailed description. Events are also labeled with different colors to reflect the group that they are for (for instance, Introductory events are in orange).

Online Registration

An enormously useful addition to our website. You can now register AND pay for events online using our online registration system. Payments can be made by credit card or PayPal account through PayPal.

Online Donation

Again, using your credit card or PayPal account, it’s easy-peasy to make donations. You can make an ongoing pledge to our Mandala of Supporting Friends or a one-time donation. For pledges, the funds will be automatically charged and you’ll be supporting Aryaloka without ever even having to think about it.

“Life as a Buddhist” Section

Part of our ongoing efforts to inform those new to Buddhism on what it’s all about, the Life as a Buddhist section gives an overview of what Buddhist practice is, and in particular, how it’s practiced in the Triratna Buddhist Community.

Vajra Bell Online

As editor of the Vajra Bell newsletter, this is one of my favorites. Now, in addition to being able to download the Vajra Bell, you can read it online in a snazzy new format. And keep your eyes peeled for more changes coming to the newsletter… (pique your interest?)

The Web kula hopes you enjoy what we’ve put together!