Festivals

Festivals are an important aspect of Buddhist tradition. These days are important for members of the Triratna Buddhist Community to gather for collective practice, to express devotion and gratitude for the three jewels (triratna) of Buddhism: the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. Events are also held to commemorate the Buddha's final passing away (parinirvana) and to celebrate the great teacher Padmasambhava.

Upcoming Festivals:

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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.

Regional Dharma Day Celebration 2018

Event Date: July 21, 2018


Join us for an epic Dharma Day puja that will invite us to pay homage to the Dharma as it has arisen throughout time. The program will be a ritualized journey through the Three Yanas. We’ll begin with stories from the Pali Canon, followed by reading on the Six Paramitas and culminating in meeting the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who’s mantras we chant to close the sevenfold puja.

The morning program will be followed by a Regional Sangha Picnic. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Volunteers to help with set up/clean up will be needed and greatly appreciated.

 

All are welcome!

Dharma Day Program: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sangha Picnic: 1 pm – 4 pm

Overnight accommodations available at Aryaloka for those traveling from afar – please contact info@aryaloka.org to arrange your stay.

Led by: Viriyalila
Times: Saturday July 21 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations gratefully accepted
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.

Mantra Chanting Workshop

Event Date/Time: July 13, 9am – 1pm


Photo credit: j / f / photos

Mantra Chanting

Do you hesitate to chant because you think you can’t sing?
Would you like to feel more confident about chanting in general?
Or do you just want to have some fun chanting for a morning?

In this workshop we will make chanting more approachable! We’ll begin with a brief introduction the role of chanting in Dharma practice, then engage in a learn-by-doing workshop.

Sunada brings her experience with music, voice studies, yoga, and meditation to chanting. To her, it’s not about singing or performing, but about using our whole being to express our love for the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

 

 

 

Click here to register for this event

Led by: Dh. Sunada
Times: Saturday, July 13, 9am to 1pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $70/50/30
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.

Portable Shrine Making

Event Date/Time: July 13, 9am – 1pm


Photo credit: j / f / photos

Portable Shrine Making with Maryellen Burke

Maryellen will teach how to work with book binding techniques and book boards to make simple, inspiring, portable shrines. Materials will be provided although we invite you to bring along any paper images of buddhas or rupas that you’d like to work with.

Maryellen is a creative spirit with a wide range of skills and experiences. She loves bringing the arts to her Dharma practice and looks forward to sharing her plethora of materials and creativity with you.

 

 

Click here to register for this event

Led by: Maryellen Burke
Times: Saturday, July 13, 9am to 1pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $70/50/30
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.

Dharma Day – Sound and Vision | Mantra | Art | Ritual

Event Date/Time: July 13, 1pm – 5pm


Join us for an epic ritual celebration of the Buddha’s Teaching. Multiple readings will be prepared to bring the Dharma alive through the three great periods of Buddhist development: the teachings of the Pali Canon, the cosmic outpouring of the Mahayana, and the rich symbolism and magic of the Vajrajana. In the morning, there will be opportunity to participate in one of two art workshops to come together creatively in community: Mantra Chanting with Sunada or Portable Shrine Making with Maryellen, both running from 9-1 pm. We will bridge the day with a shared potluck meal together, from 1-2:30 pm. Please bring a vegetarian meal to share.

 

Schedule:

9-1 – Mantra Chanting or Portable Shrine Making workshops (registration required; click on links)
1-2:30 – Vegetarian pot-luck lunch
2:30-5 – Meditation, puja and readings

 

 

 

 

 

Led by: Viriyalila with Lona Kovacs
Times: Saturday, July 13, 1pm to 5pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: By Donation (morning art events have separate fees)
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.