BAM: Buddhist Action Month

BAM: Buddhist Action Month

Buddhist Action Month is June 2015. Buddhists of many traditions will be engaging together in socially beneficial activities, rooted in Buddhist values. Throughout the month of June Aryaloka will be organizing a variety of ways for local sangha members to participate in BAM. Everyone is welcome to join all activities. BAM Opening Ritual: Tuesday, June 2 at 7 […]

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 19, 2015 – Sunday, June 28, 2015 Register for this Event This intensive retreat creates an atmosphere conducive to extended meditation with the fewest external distractions. Retreat participants will have no responsibilities during their time here so they can focus completely on their meditation practice. An emphasis on the collective aspect […]

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesday Evenings, July 1, 2015 – August 5, 2015  7-9pm On these six Wednesday evenings we will learn traditional Buddhist meditations and also explore basic Buddhist teachings. The three basic meditation forms taught will include the Mindfulness of Breathing, the Metta Bhavana or development of loving-kindness meditation, and walking meditation. These forms have been […]

Sangha Picnic

Sangha Picnic

Event Dates: Sunday July 19, 2015 – Sunday July 20, 2015 Come join us for an afternoon in the sun. This year’s summer picnic will be a POTLUCK at Great Island Commons in Newcastle and we’ll be joined by sangha members from Portsmouth, Portland, Boston, and New York. Great Island Commons has several picnic areas, […]

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday, July 26, 2015 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 […]

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, August 6, 2015 – Sunday, August 9, 2015 On this weekend retreat we will be exploring the practice of Noble Silence – stillness of body, speech, and mind – and learning how to bring stillness into our daily lives. If you are considering attending a longer, multi-day Noble Silence retreat, this event would […]

Introduction to Meditation Course

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: 4 Consecutive Wednesdays, September 16, 2015 – October 7, 2015 10am -12pm This four-week course provides a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of sitting meditation practice. During the course, two different meditation practices will be taught: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Meditation on Loving Kindness. These are traditional Buddhist meditation techniques dating back […]

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Metta Bhavana

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Metta Bhavana

Event Dates: Saturday, October 10, 2015 9am- 1pm This workshop is an intensive introduction to the Metta Bhavana (Loving-kindness) meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught. Metta Bhavana (cultivation of loving-kindness) is a method of working with our hearts and mind together, allowing us to […]

Gateways to Buddha Realms, a Mandala Retreat

Gateways to Buddha Realms, a Mandala Retreat

Event Dates: Sunday, October 11, 2015 – Friday, October 16, 2015 On this retreat we will experience a mandala of practices and approaches to enter the Buddha realms. Practices will include meditation, study and exploration of teachings, devotion and ritual, in a container of silence and contemplation. We hope to engage body, speech and mind fully, […]

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – Tuesday, November 10, 2015 This intensive retreat creates an atmosphere conducive to extended meditation with the fewest external distractions. Retreat participants will have no responsibilities during their time here so they can focus completely on their meditation practice. An emphasis on the collective aspect of practice using the five […]

Wisdom of the Body

Wisdom of the Body

Event Dates: Friday, November 13, 2015 – Sunday, November 15, 2015 In 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 […]

Winter Meditation Retreat

Winter Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Saturday, December 26, 2015 – Thursday, December 31, 2015 Tis the season to be still! Tis the season to reflect! As we enter the depths of winter we will use the opportunity of this end of year retreat to do two things: We will simply enjoy days of shared stillness, deep silence and […]