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.

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Sangha Day

Event Dates: Saturday, November 12, 2016


SanghaDay_smOn Saturday, November 12th the Aryaloka and Portsmouth Buddhist Center sanghas will celebrate Sangha Day. Everyone is welcome to join this festive celebration of the local, international, historical, and archetypal spiritual communities! The morning portion of the celebration will feature meditation and a talk by Suddhayu. The afternoon will feature a conversation café to further explore the topics raised in the morning’s talk. The day will conclude with a sevenfold puja. Please bring a vegetarian dish for the pot luck lunch. There is no fee for the day, but donations are appreciated.

There will be a special activity for children from 11:15 a.m. until lunch time.

10:00 – Arrive and welcome

10:15 – Meditation

11:15 – Talk by Suddhayu, followed by discussion, questions and answers (There will be a special activity for children at this time.)

12:30 – Pot luck Lunch

2:00 – Conversation café

3:00 – Sevenfold puja

Led by: Order team from Aryaloka & Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Times: Saturday, November 12th 10: 00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations welcome
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.

Buddha Day Celebration

Event Dates: Saturday, May 13, 2017


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

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

Please bring a vegetarian dish to the pot luck lunch.

Led by: Amala, Narottama, Satyada, and friends
Times: Saturday, May 13, 12 – 4 pm
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.