Aryaloka continually offers classes and retreats geared towards the beginning Buddhist or for those who would like to see what it's all about. The Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism series and day workshops will get your feet wet. Another great place to start is to attend one of our Tuesday night Sangha Nights, where you'll meet our sangha (Aryaloka's community of beginning and experienced practitioners). Sangha Nights also include meditation and discussion for all levels.
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Event Dates: Every Friday Evening
Join 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.
Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.
Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend.
Upcoming puja evenings are: March 14, April 18, May 9 (Buddha Day Celebration), and June 13 (more…)
Event Dates: Tuesday March 4, 2014 – Tuesday March 4, 2014
Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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.
Study & Discussion Groups – Winter Series:
(continues for eight weeks – no class on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31)
Led by Akashavanda & Prasannavajri
Explore the potential to awaken your innate wisdom nature to shine in your life and in the world! This course will include a variety of topics, including mapping your spiritual journey and creating a sacred space at home for meditation, reflection and compassionate prayer (yes, Buddhists do pray!). The class will conclude with the topic of love – the vital energy bar for our spiritual journey. We will explore ways to grow and deepen our capacity for loving kindness. Facilitated by Akashavanda and Prassanavajri and based on the book, “Everyday Dharma” by Lama Willa Miller.
Spiritual Friendship… Thicker Than Blood!
Led by Arjava
Join Arjava as we continue to explore the theme of friendship, with particular focus on spiritual friendship. What is the Buddhist ideal of spiritual friendship and how can we help each other grow on this path? Arjava will use the book, “Thicker than Blood” by Maitreyabandhu, as well as poetry, stories, and even watching a sitcom or two. Expect a lively group discussion!
Open Hearts, Open Minds: Skipping, Stumbling, and Hopping along the Eightfold Path
Led by Lilasiddhi and Shantikirika
How do we actually go about transforming our lives according to the Buddha’s teaching? Isn’t this an overwhelming, gargantuan task that is nigh onto impossible? Well no, actually. “What the Buddha attained, we too can attain.” That was the Buddha’s promise. Come join us as we learn the very practical steps the Buddha taught to make what may seem impossible, possible – to turn our hearts and minds from selfish to selfless, from suffering to happiness, and benefit all beings to boot! We will be using Sangarakshita’s text “The Noble Eightfold Path,” available in the library and bookstore, as our text.
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.
Event Dates: Tuesday March 11, 2014 – Tuesday March 11, 2014
Join us for Cafe Night at Aryaloka! When study series are complete for our Tuesday Friend’s Nights we like to hold these evenings to reconnect before embarking on a new series, and they’re always lots of fun. We’ll be having a potluck dinner beginning at 5:30, where we can share a yummy meal with each other, meet new friends, and catch up with old ones! So please bring a scrumptious dish to share with others…
Event Dates: Saturday April 5, 2014 – Saturday April 5, 2014
On Triratna Community Day we gather together to celebrate our local and worldwide sangha. We’ll share our experiences of friendship and There will be children’s events, a potluck meal, meditation, talks, and a puja.
Event Dates: Saturday April 19, 2014 – Saturday April 19, 2014
Aryaloka’s Men’s Practice Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to spend time together in meditation and discussion around aspects of the Dharma. One of the day’s primary purposes is to support spiritual friendship within the men’s sangha and create an environment in which men can study together and build relationships with each other.
The topic for this day will be the Triratna System of Practice, focused on the Stage of Integration – please check back soon for more details!
Please note: There are two new changes to our Men’s Days – registration is now required for the day and there is also a sliding scale fee to support Aryaloka. We want all men in our community to be able to attend, so if the fee will be a challenge for you, please contact the office to arrange alternate pricing.
Event Dates: Sunday April 27, 2014 – Sunday April 27, 2014
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.
Event Dates: Friday May 9, 2014 – Friday May 9, 2014
The Buddha’s Enlightenment is the central event in Buddhism and we mark this event on Buddha Day (sometimes called Wesak), the most important festival in our calendar. Many of the Buddha’s disciples also attained Enlightenment, and in the centuries that have followed there have been many other Enlightened masters. They too are recalled at Buddha Day with readings of accounts of their lives or from works they wrote themselves. But Enlightenment is also an ideal to which all Buddhists aspire. So Buddha Day is a chance to reflect on what it might mean for individual Buddhists.
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Event Dates: Saturday June 14, 2014 – Saturday June 14, 2014
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 enjoy greater positivity towards others and ourselves. With practice, metta flowers into compassion and equanimity.