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: Wednesday October 30, 2013 – Wednesday December 4, 2013
In these popular classes we learn the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation as well as key teachings of the Buddha. Emphasis is on experiential learning and informal discussion, with opportunity to apply what we learn to daily living.
Event Dates: Tuesday November 26, 2013 – Tuesday November 26, 2013
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…
Then at 6:45pm join us for a special event. This will be the night of the mitra ceremonies for Peter Ingraham, Betty Crepeau and Haley Koperski. This is an exciting event for these three members of the Aryaloka sangha and everyone is invited to attend.
Event Dates: Tuesday December 3, 2013 – Tuesday February 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.
Event Dates: Sunday December 15, 2013 – Sunday December 15, 2013
These Saturday or Sunday workshops are intensive introductions to meditation. Basic ways to set up our meditation and a traditional Buddhist meditation form are taught on each half-day workshop. Monthly workshops alternate between focus on Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving-kindness) meditation practices.