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.
Sort this page by:
Event Dates: Wednesday October 15, 2014 – Wednesday November 5, 2014
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 to the time of the Buddha, although one does not need to be a Buddhist or have Buddhist beliefs to practice them. (more…)
Event Dates: Tuesday October 21, 2014 – Tuesday October 21, 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.
Event Dates: Sunday November 2, 2014 – Sunday November 2, 2014
For this session, we’ll be continuing our exploration of the Triratna System of Practice by looking at how we define the “self”. Looking closely at the world demonstrates that nothing is fixed or permanent – all is in flow and interdependent. By changing our view of self we discover something transcendent.
Event Dates: Sunday November 23, 2014 – Sunday November 23, 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. (more…)
Event Dates: Sunday December 14, 2014 – Sunday December 14, 2014
These classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. Our first hour is for children ages up to 9. In each class there is a short talk, gentle meditation, and an arts and crafts activity related to a Buddhist theme. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed. The second hour is for ages 10 to 17. During this hour we will have gentle meditation and discussion on topics relevant to teens and how to live the practices in our lives. (more…)