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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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Vajra Bell: Autumn/Winter 2017-2018

  • From the Editor: Facing our Shadows of the Past, by Mary Schaefer
  • Create Beauty from our Collective Chaos, by Singhashri
  • Restorative Approach: A ‘Practice’ to Address Issues of the Past and the Future, by Jnanasiddhi
  • Sangha Notes, by Sangha Notes Contributors
  • Sangha Connections: Interview with Vajramati, by Bettye Pruitt
  • Aryaloka Hosts Order Convention for US and Canada, by Samayasri
  • Children’s Sangha: Developing Mindfulness and Gratitude, by Alisha Roberts
  • Dr. Ambedkar’s Children: Bending Toward Justice, by David Watt
  • Art, Meditation and Mindfulness – Connecting us to our Lives, by Deb Howard

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Transform Your Life with Mindfulness Meditation

Sunday, January 21, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

This workshop is an intensive introduction to the Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught.

Mindfulness of Breathing is a practice that helps us to develop a calm, clear, and focused mind. With mindfulness we develop concentration and awareness. A concentrated mind, flexible and alert, is poised for insight into the nature of mind and life itself.

These introductory workshops alternate between the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving-kindness) meditation practices, so join us next time to explore another practice!

  • For a grounding introduction to the practice of meditation and/or Buddhism a combination of meditation workshops and/or an evening class is recommended. Any series or day can also be taken on its own. No prior experience is necessary for introductory level events. All of these courses are also appropriate for practitioners with some experience who wish to refresh their practice.

Foundation Meditations

At Aryaloka we begin with traditional meditations. Each is a path to awakening and a basis for other forms of meditation, such as the Brahmaviharas and Anapanasati meditations, which we teach for experienced practitioners.

Foundation practices belong to the broad class of samatha meditations which develop calm, concentration and a still, pliable mind that is open to insight and deep reflection.

  • Mindfulness of Breathing is a practice that helps us to develop a calm, clear, and focused mind. With mindfulness we develop concentration and awareness. A concentrated mind, flexible and alert, is poised for insight into the nature of mind and life itself.
  • Metta Bhavana (cultivation of loving-kindness) is a method of working with our hearts and mind together, allowing us to enjoy greater positivity towards others and ourselves. With practice, metta flowers into compassion and equanimity.
  • Just Sitting practice is an open or ‘formless’ meditation of direct awareness of our present moment experience.
  • Walking meditation is mindfulness and metta in motion, following the Buddha’s way of bringing awareness into all our activities.

Click here to register online.

You may also register by calling the office between 9 am and 3 pm Monday – Friday.

Led by: Dh. Bodhana
Times: Sunday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $75/50/30

Level:Open to All

Comments from participants of previous meditation workshops:

“The atmosphere was comfortable and supportive.”

“A great program for introspection, relaxation, and relationships.”

Very comfortable space to learn and take risks.”

Regional Sangha Retreat: The Bodhisattva Ideal

Event Dates: Friday, January 12, 2018 – Monday, January 15, 2018


Join us for a regional gathering and celebration of sangha! The theme is the Bodhisattva Ideal, and specifically the Six Perfections. We’ll explore them not only as dharma teachings, but consider how we might cultivate these qualities with each other throughout the weekend.

This retreat was previously known as the Outlying Sanghas Retreat, for the Portland, Boston, and New York Triratna sanghas exclusively. Starting this year, we are opening it up to all Triratna sangha members in the Northeast Region, including Aryaloka, Portsmouth, and Lubec ME. Please come and add your energy to what we hope to make an annual event.

Click here to register online

You may also register by calling the office between 9 am and 3 pm Monday – Friday.

Led by: Sunada, Dharmasuri, and Sravaniya
Times: 7pm Friday January 12, – 2pm Monday January 15
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $330/265/175
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.

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: Finding Joy in the Songs of Milarepa

Event Date: Sunday, January 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Come enjoy a day wandering in the mountains of Tibet with Milarepa, ‘yogi saint’ of the tenth century. To find great joy is the aim of Milarepa’s teachings, communicated to his followers through song. We will look at some of these verses, focusing on those that illuminate the great joy of the Dharma. We will also meditate together with inspiration from Milarepa.

From his early years in despair and misery, from engaging in acts of evil and destruction, Milarepa was able to turn his consciousness around and became one of the greatest enlightened teachers of Dharma in Tibet. What did that journey demand? What do we need to undertake on our journey from unhappiness to joy?

This day of study, discussion and meditation is open to all Dharma practitioners who are curious about Milarepa, the recluse, the joyful yogi. Experience in meditation is very helpful.

Lunch will be a potluck so please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

Led by Amala.

The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa was the text I never read back in college when it was assigned in my advanced Buddhism class. Over many decades I have wished to correct the lie I told the professor when I said I’d read it over vacation. Now I do read the songs of Milarepa and find there a reminder of the freedom and joy that is available to one who lets go fully, who sees entanglement a mile off and can remain radically open in all encounters.

Spaces are limited; please register in advance.

Click here to register online

You may also register by calling the office between 9 am and 3 pm Monday – Friday.

Facilitated by: Amala
Times: Jan 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: $70/55/40
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 Engaged Buddhism Kula.

Becoming a Vegetarian

Event Date: Sunday, January 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Becoming a Vegetarian’ is a four-hour workshop that will explore how to adopt a vegetarian diet and the Stupa Dinnerreasons Buddhism encourages followers to be vegetarian. We’ll look at the ethical principle of no harm, how the Buddha expressed this, and then spend time preparing and eating a vegetarian lunch. We’ll also explore some of the nutritional principles of giving up eating animal protein. The workshop fee includes food, handouts and recipes. Khemavassika is a Certified Health Coach.

Spaces are limited; please register in advance.

Click here to register online

You may also register by calling the office between 9 am and 3 pm Monday – Friday.

Facilitated by: Khemavassika
Times: Jan 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: $70/55/40
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 Engaged Buddhism Kula.

Buddhist Recovery Meetings

Event Date: Thursdays, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Meeting weekly on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, the Buddhist Recovery Meetings Buddhatake place at the Aryaloka Buddhist Center, at the building behind the domes, Akashaloka.The meetings are facilitated by Barry Timmerman, a person in long-term recovery and a committed Buddhist.

The Buddhist Recovery Meetings focus on Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices that can be helpful to people recovering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. There is an emphasis on meditation practice and waking up to the habitual patterns that drive us and our unskillful behaviors. Understanding and practicing meditation, ethics and wisdom, we can learn to cultivate and sustain positive emotions, act more skillfully in all aspects of our daily lives and alleviate the suffering that is at the root of conditioned existence. These are not 12- Step meetings, but we will explore how the 12 steps can be understood from a Buddhist perspective.

Membership: These are open meetings. Membership is made up of people in the Aryaloka community and/or the recovery community who are in recovery and have an interest in Buddhism. Experience with meditation is helpful but not required. One important caveat, this meeting is NOT a replacement for traditional 12-Step recovery; it is a supplement for those who are looking for a way to integrate Buddhist practice and philosophy into their recovery from addiction.

Meeting format: We will begin meetings with a short time for socializing, followed by a period of meditation. We will focus on the Mindfulness of Breathing practice and the Metta Bhavana/Loving Kindness practice. The meditation is followed by a short break in silence for tea. We then convene for study and discussion. We begin with a review of our intention. Members have the opportunity for a short check-in, followed by a topic discussion based one “One Breath at a Time” by Kevin Griffin. We focus on a chapter at a time, reading passages from the book and discussing how we may apply Buddhist teachings and practices to our lives and recovery. When we have completed “One Breath at a Time” we will explore other books related to the theme of 12-step recovery and Buddhism. We close the meeting with a call and response Metta Bhavana/Loving Kindness mantra, followed by cleanup and socializing.

Donations: We appreciate your generosity in supporting Aryaloka and our mission to share the Dharma. The Dana/generosity bowl will be passed at each meeting

Facilitated by: Barry Timmerman
Times: 7 – 9 p.m.
Venue: Akashaloka
Fee: Dana 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 Engaged Buddhism Kula.

Meditate For Peace Day

Event Dates: Monday, January 1, 2018


meditate-peace_smPlease join us once again for Meditate for Peace Day. This will be our twelfth annual meditation day at the dawn of the New Year. Join us in the spirit of peace and loving-kindness for the benefit of all beings.

Beginning at 7 a.m., meditation sessions will start every hour on the hour with guided sessions at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. for those new to meditation. There will be a lunch break from 12 to 1 p.m. and light refreshments will be offered throughout the day.

Come for one hour, several hours, or the whole day and begin your New Year with some deep reflection and positive energy to support the peace and well-being of all. Donations will be gratefully appreciated.

 

Led by: Various
Times: Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations gratefully accepted
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.

Men’s Practice Day

Event Date: February 25, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm


Men's Practice DaysMen’s Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to study and practice together. Each practice day will include time for meditation, discussion, and relaxing with one another. All men in the sangha are invited to attend. Men’s Days will meet in Akashaloka. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

Men’s Practice Days will be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month.

Future Men’s Practice Dates are:

January 28

February 25

March 25

April 29

May 27

 

Led by: Narottama
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
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.

Men’s Practice Day

Event Date: January 28, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm


Men's Practice DaysMen’s Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to study and practice together. Each practice day will include time for meditation, discussion, and relaxing with one another. All men in the sangha are invited to attend. Men’s Days will meet in Akashaloka. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

Men’s Practice Days will be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month.

Future Men’s Practice Dates are:

January 28

February 25

March 25

April 29

May 27

 

Led by: Narottama
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
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.

It’s free, it’s fun, it’s a Kula Fair!

Event date: Tuesday, November 14th, 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm


Kula: “A community of the heart; a group of people who come together for a shared purpose.”

Aryaloka is more than its buildings and grounds, more than its classes and retreats. At the heart of Aryaloka is a community of people with a shared love of the Dharma and deep friendships with one another. Within the Aryaloka community are many kulas: groups of volunteers gathered around a common goal to help keep Aryaloka running. Joining a volunteer kula is a great way to create friendships, gain a sense of satisfaction, and contribute to Aryaloka.

We have about 10 active kulas at Aryaloka, and many of them are seeking new volunteers to join them. On Tuesday, November 14, representatives from these kulas will be sharing information about their kula at our first ever Kula Fair.  Do you have a green thumb? The Garden kula could use your help! Excellent grammar and an eye for details? Help copy edit the Vajra Bell! Not sure what you have to offer, except a willingness to help out? Come along to the kula fair and you are sure to find your niche!

The Kula Fair will run from 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm on Tuesday November 14. Delicious treats will be provided, so if you’re coming straight from work you can grab a snack while you’re learning about kulas and stay for Friends Night. If you can provide a vegetarian treat, contact Shrijnana at info@aryaloka.org.

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.

 

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’ Nights

Event Dates: Every Tuesday. New series begins on November 14


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.

Nov. 7 – Summary and overview of our Autumn Series, how working in the everyday realm of ethics transforms our life.

Nov. 14 – beginning of new series
. There will be two study groups: for those new to Buddhism, a series on the Noble Eightfold Path and for those with some (or a lot of) experience, how we dance with or against the Eight Worldly Winds. This series will cover 5 weeks and conclude on Dec. 12.

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.

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