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: April 18, May 9 (Buddha Day Celebration), and June 13 (more…)
Event Dates: Tuesday March 25, 2014 – Tuesday May 13, 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. (more…)
Event Dates: Saturday April 19, 2014 – Saturday April 19, 2014
Please join Narottama and Perry Blass for a Men’s Practice Day on April 19th, from 9am to 3pm at Akasaloka.
The day begins with meditation at 9:15am, then continues with a discussion on the importance of being mindful and aware as we navigate the world. Practicing mindfulness, combined with an ethical compass, can help promote integration and well-being as we see ever deeper into the interconnection of all things. All men are welcome. There will be a free lunch included.
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.