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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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Meet the Aryaloka President

Event Dates: Thursday, September 10, 2015


Nagabodhi, public preceptorWant to meet Dh. Nagabodhi, the Aryaloka President? Join us on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00 p.m. for a gathering to meet the president and to share a delicious pot luck meal and discussion! Bring your curiosity to the discussion and vegetarian dish to share. Nagabodhi is a senior Order member living in the United Kingdom. He visits Aryaloka annually and is especially skilled in leading study on this important text. Nagabodhi has much insight to share into Aryaloka and the dharma. The evening is sure to be a delight from start to finish.

Led by: Dh. Nagabodhi
Times: 6:00 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.

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Fall Series

Event Dates: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – October 27, 2015


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.

Typical Study & Discussion Group Topics – 

Introduction to Buddhism – The Noble Eight fold path- 

If you’re new to Buddhism, or just want to take some time to review the basics, join Arjava 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.

Guide to The Buddha’s Path–

Techniques and information to help you along the Buddhist path.

Discover the 4 Noble Truths– 

Learn how to enhance your meditation practice and become receptive to insight and wisdom.

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: Tuesday 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.

International Urban Retreat: Living in the Greater Mandala

Event Dates: Saturday, November, 21, 2015 – Saturday, November, 28, 2015


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The annual International Urban Retreat will be happening at Triratna Centres across the world, and online at thebuddhistcentre.com. It will include content suitable for anyone involved in Triratna and any Order members who want to take part. While the entire retreat can be participated in from home, we will be offering an introduction and several practice and discussion sessions at Aryaloka through the week. During these sessions we may practice together, share our experiences of the retreat, and view and discuss the on-line content together.

Aryaloka will kick off the Urban retreat with an information and orientation session at Sangha Day, November 21. There will be discussion sessions on Monday 11/23, Tuesday 11/24, and Wednesday 11/25 from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. These sessions will be at Aryaloka and facilitated by Dh. Khemavassika.

The theme of this year’s retreat is Living in the Greater Mandala. Our lives can be so full and busy. What we are engaged in may be good and helpful, but it is so easy to become driven, then anxious, and then impatient and humorless. Our activities can easily become another “ego-project” – part of the way our mind fabricates a too rigid and narrow sense of self.

Is it possible to live an active life without the busy ego? How can we remain pro-active without getting compulsive?

Sangharakshita’s teaching of “the Greater Mandala” is about learning to live from a more expansive, beautiful and non-utilitarian perspective. During the International Urban Retreat we’ll be taking a fresh look at this teaching, and at the kinds of Dharma practices and attitudes that can help us live more fully in the Greater Mandala. It will include teaching and input from Lokeshvara, Parami, Saddhanandi, Vajragupta and others at Adhisthana.

The link to access the retreat materials will be posted in November. The orientation and discussion sessions will be held on a drop in basis and no prior registration is necessary. There is no charge for the Urban Retreat, although donations are accepted with appreciation

Led by: Various members of the Triratna Buddhist Order
Times: Saturday, November, 21st – Saturday, November, 28th
Venue: Online/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.

Meditation and Puja for Sangharakshita’s 90th Birthday

Event Dates: Wednesday, August 26, 2015


bhante-shrine_300px_squareUrgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community, celebrates his 90th birthday this month. Join Dharmachari Satyada in a meditation and puja on this auspicious occasion. The quiet celebration will begin with a meditation at 7 pm, followed by a seven-fold puja. There is no charge or registration necessary, just stop by for an opportunity to practice with others and send well-wishing to Sangharakshita as he enters his 91st year. Any donations collected will be sent to the Sangharakshita@90 appeal raising funds to publish his collected works.

For more about Urgyen Sangharakshita and his works, visit his web page at http://www.sangharakshita.org/index.php

Led by: Dh. Satyada
Times: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 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.

Monday Morning Open Meditation Practice

Event Dates: Ongoing beginning Monday, September 21, 2015


Saluting the ShrineOn Monday September 21 we will begin a Monday morning open 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.

A Year of Silence

Event Dates: Sunday, September 20, 2015


departingKiranada has been in a small hut on a windy precipice overlooking a valley in the Coromandel Wilderness of New Zealand for a year. She sat in silence, alone and seeing no one. She is home now, has found her voice and is willing to share some of her experience of a year in solitude on a Buddhist retreat. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck.

You won’t want to miss this special gathering to learn about Kiranada’s extraordinary  experience. If you ever wanted to learn more about silent meditation practice here is your chance to learn about the ultimate silent meditation retreat.  This gathering will be filled with inspiring and practical information about solitude in Buddhist practice.

Led by: Dh. Kiranada
Times: Pot luck at 5:00 p.m., talk at
​6:00 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.

Women’s Practice Day

Event Dates: Sunday, September 20, 2015


womens_day_smWomen’s Practice Day at Aryaloka makes it return!

Please join us on Sunday, September 20th for a Women’s Practice Day open to all women of any experience level. We will have a full day devoted to the Brahma Viharas, a meditation practice that
helps us build positive emotion. The day will begin with an introduction to the four stages of the
Brahma Viharas – loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. There will be some teaching and discussion, but the majority of the day will be spent in the shrine room as we build together a sublime abode of practice.

Please bring a dish to share for a pot luck lunch.

Led by: Dh. Khemavassika
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $75/65/55
Level: Open to All Women
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’ Nights at The Durham UU Fellowship

Event Dates: Tuesday Evenings, August 18th, August 25th and September 1st


buddha-rupa3_300px_squarePlease note: Friends’ Night will be held at The Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Tuesday, 8/18, 8/25, and 9/1. The Fellowship is located at 20 Madbury Road, in Durham, NH. (For information and directions, visit www.uudurham.com)

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 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.

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: Barry Timmerman, Dh. Satyada & Dh. Arjava
Times: 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: The Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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.

Movie Night: Why has Bodhidharma Left for the East? A Zen Fable

Event Dates: Friday, December 18, 2015


Bodhidharma_smAryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015! This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Why has Bodhidharma Left for the East? A Zen Fable, Dec. 18th

A meditative film dealing with Zen Buddhist views on life, Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? follows the lives of three Buddhist monks: a child, an adult, and an old man. This magnificent film is not only a cinematic gem, but an evocative meditation on the cyclical nature of existence. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? does not seek to explain the tenets of Zen Buddhism so much as illuminate the mysteries of life that lie behind them. (1989; Unrated)

Click here for more info about the film.

Led by: Various
Times: 6:00 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.

Movie Night: Himalaya

Event Dates: Friday, November 20, 2015


himalaya_smAryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015! This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Himalaya, Nov. 20th 

Filmed over seven months in the forbidden Dolpo region of Nepal, Himalaya tells the story of a generational struggle for the leadership of a tiny mountain village. A visually striking and spiritually captivating portrait of life in one of the world’s most extraordinary places, Himalaya is both intense drama and a gorgeous tapestry of the fast disappearing traditions of Tibetan life. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2000 Academy Awards (1999; Unrated)

Click here for more info about the film.

Led by: Various
Times: 6:00 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.

Movie Night: The Jew in the Lotus

Event Dates: Saturday, October 10, 2015


JewLotus_smAryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015! This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Movie Night: The Jew in the Lotus, Oct. 10th

Having witnessed the systematic oppression and persecution of his people since his exile in 1959, the Dalai Lama man invited eight Jewish leaders to share the secret of spiritual survival in exile. When writer Rodger Kamenetz goes along to chronicle the event, we are reminded that the lessons of spiritual survival apply as much to a troubled individual as they do to a troubled nation. (1998; Unrated)

Click here for more info about the film.

Led by: Various
Times: 6:00 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.

 

Movie Night: The Burmese Harp

Event Dates: Saturday, September 19, 2015


BurmeseHarp_smAryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015! This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

The Burmese Harp, Sept. 19th 

Set in Japan in the final days of World War II, a private, thought to be dead, disguises himself as a Buddhist monk and stumbles upon spiritual enlightenment. Magnificently shot in hushed black and white, Kon Ichikawa’s The Burmese Harp is an eloquent meditation on beauty coexisting with death and remains one of Japanese cinema’s most overwhelming antiwar statements. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1957 Academy Awards. (1956; Unrated)

Click here for more info about the film.

Led by: Various
Times: 6:00 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.

Bodhisattvas at Play: Autumn Work Days

Event dates: Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18


workday_smPlease join us for our autumn work days on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th! 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 kula
Times: Saturday, 9am-4pm & Sunday, 9am-2pm
Fees: Donations gratefully accepted

Autumn Open House

Event date: Saturday, September 19, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Visit Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket, NH during our Open House on September 19!buddhaatwindow

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about our Buddhist Center and to get a formal introduction, this is an excellent opportunity. So, stop by any time between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and experience the tranquility and beauty of Aryaloka – a place of deep harmony and inspiration.

Take a tour of buildings and gardens, attend a 20-minute informational session to learn about Aryaloka, the Triratna Buddhist Community, and the events in our program – which include meditation, study, yoga, and arts. If you are interested in trying meditation, this is your chance to join an instructor for a half-hour introduction to our fundamental meditation practices.

We promise refreshments, interesting people, and a peaceful place – available for your enjoyment all day! Click here for directions to the center at 14 Heartwood Circle, Newmarket, NH.

Tours available: 10:30 am to 2 pm
Information Sessions begin at: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.
Meditation Sessions begin at: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Wisdom of the Body

Event Dates: Friday, November 13, 2015 – Sunday, November 15, 2015


Wisdom of the BodyIn meditation, the body and posture are not mere preliminaries. Mindfulness is all about opening up our awareness. And how else would we do that than through our bodies and our senses? The body is THE vehicle with which we take in what our experience has to offer. But how open are we to receiving it?

It is said that if we create auspicious conditions in our body and environment, meditation and realization will automatically arise. So on this retreat we will practice embodied awareness as a doorway to deepening our practice. We will learn principles of posture that set the stage for openness and receptivity. We will explore different approaches to cultivating mindfulness and metta through the gateway of sensory experience. And there will be plenty of silence to allow each of us to touch a place of stillness within.

Led by: Dh. Sunada
Times: 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13th – Sunday, Nov. 15th 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $240/200/160
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.

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout

Event Dates: Sunday, September 27, 2015 6-8pm


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 third 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 pm to 8 pm.

Jul 26      Nagaloka Buddhist Center (Portland, ME)
Aug 23
     Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Oct 25
      Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Nov 22
      Nagaloka Buddhist Center (Portland, ME)
Dec 27
      Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Contact Rijupatha at rijupatha@gmail.com to make sure you’re on the mailing list for young folks and stay tuned.

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: 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.

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sunday, September 27th, November 22nd, December 6th


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: 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

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.

Mindfulness and Health

Event Dates: Saturday February 28, 2015
Register for this Event


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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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.

Path of Practice Group

Year-long monthly workshop series
Event Dates: 
 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)


kalyanamitra_sm “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 the program.

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.

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights July 10th & 24th


Practice EveningJoin us every Friday evening for a session of collective practice, including meditation, chanting, and a special puja on the Fridays closest to the full moon. Most evenings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m..  Evenings that include a full moon puja are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (more…)

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!