Meditation

Meditation is central to Buddhism as a way to cultivate proper mental states and develop insight, and meditation classes and retreats are a way to immerse oneself into its benefits.

We have meditation programs for all levels, from introductory classes for those who have never meditated before to serious practice sessions for experienced practitioners.

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Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesday and Thursday Mornings


MeditationAre you looking for more opportunities to meditate with others or for help maintaining a regular meditation practice? Join us on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for open meditation sessions, followed by time for discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend. Some guidance will be provided for those new to meditation, but anyone looking for an in-depth introduction to meditation is recommended to take one of our weekend Introduction to Meditation workshops or four week Introduction to Meditation courses. The open meditation sessions will not be held when retreats are in session. There is no fee for these sessions, but donations are appreciated. No registration required. (more…)

Monday Morning Open Meditation Practice

Event Dates: Monday Mornings


Saluting the ShrineEveryone is welcome to join us for Monday morning meditation practice. There will be two meditation periods, one from 7am till 8am, a great way to start your work week, and another from 8:30 till 10:00am. The second meditation session will begin with refuges and precepts, three fold puja, and then a meditation period till 10am. We have added this practice time because our Tuesday and Thursday morning meditations have been well attended and we want to offer support to everyone wishing to expand their meditation practice. Please consider joining us for either the 7am meditation or the 8:30 session or even better sit both sessions!

Everyone is welcome whether you are a long time meditator, just establishing your practice, or looking for more practice time with friends.

Led by: Dh. Bodhana
Times: Mondays, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
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.

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays, December 1, 2015 – February 9, 2016


buddha-rupa3_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00 p.m., 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 Group Topics –

Introduction to Buddhism – The Noble Eight fold path- Led by: Dh. Arjava

If you’re new to Buddhism, or just want to take some time to review the basics, join Arjava on a journey through the fundamentals. We will explore many topics, including “What is Buddhism?”, The Buddha, Buddhist ethics, meditation, wisdom & enlightenment, devotional practice, and the history of Buddhism.

Tools for Living continued – Led by: Dh. Kiranada & Tom Gaillard

Techniques and information to help you along the Buddhist path.

Sangharakshita and the Triratna Community – Led by: Dh. Satyada

Learn about the history of the Buddhist community that Aryaloka came from.

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.

Led by: Tuesday Team
Times: 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested donation $10
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.

Teen Night

Event Dates: Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, April 5th, May 3rd, and June 7th


teen-night_smJoin Alisha Roberts for Teen Night at Friends Night on the first Tuesday Evening of every month. The teen group will meditate for 40 minutes then come together for discussion.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00 p.m., 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.

Typically, our Tuesday night activities include:

• 6:45 – Tea and announcements

• 7:00 – Meditation

• 8:00 – Study, discussion, or talk on the evening’s topic

• 9:15 – End

Led by: Alisha Roberts
Times: 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested donation $10
Level: Open to All teens
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 entry way. 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.

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Event Dates: Sundays, Jan. 3rd, Feb. 7th, Mar. 6th, May. 1st, and Jun. 5th


drawinggroup_smThis monthly informal drawing group grew out of a Drawing and Meditation Workshop and it’s a great way to meet up with other artistic spiritual friends.

We meet from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Akashaloka (the building behind the Aryaloka domes).

Bring your own art supplies. While a simple pencil and drawing pad is enough, feel free to bring anything else you may have. Sign-ups not necessary and we will have a Dana bowl for donations. For more information or any questions e-mail Eric Ebbeson at ericsueebbeson@comcast.net

Led by:  Eric Ebbeson
Times: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Venue: Akashaloka
Fee: Donations Appreciated
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.

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday, February 16, 2016


cafe_smJoin 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…

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.

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.

Led by: Friends’ Night Team
Times: 5:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: $10 suggested donation
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.

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday, February 23, 2016


MeditationToolkit_smJoin us for Meditation Tune-Up Evening at Aryaloka! When study series are complete for our Tuesday Friend’s Nights we like to hold these evenings to delve deeper into meditation before embarking on a new series. Meditation Tune-Up Evenings have three separate groups, cafe style, focusing on meditation posture, issues and obstacles in meditating, and dropping the counting in the Mindfulness of Breathing practice.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:15, 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.

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.

Led by: Friends’ Night Team
Times: 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested Donation $10
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.

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Late Winter Series

Event Dates: Tuesdays,  March 1, 2016 – April 26, 2016


buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:15 p.m., 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.

Typical Study & Discussion Group Topics –

Introduction to Buddhism – The Noble Eight fold path- Led by: Dh. Arjava

If you’re new to Buddhism, or just want to take some time to review the basics, join Arjava on a journey through the fundamentals. We will explore many topics, including “What is Buddhism?”, The Buddha, Buddhist ethics, meditation, wisdom & enlightenment, devotional practice, and the history of Buddhism.

Tools for Living continued – Led by: Dh. Kiranada & Tom Gaillard

Techniques and information to help you along the Buddhist path.

Sangharakshita and the Triratna Community – Led by: Dh. Satyada

Learn about the history of the Buddhist community that Aryaloka came from.

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.

Led by: Tuesday Team
Times: 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested donation $10
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.

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesday evenings, February 24, 2016 – March 30, 2016


SatipatthanaOn these six Wednesday evenings we will learn traditional Buddhist meditations and also explore basic Buddhist teachings.

The three basic meditation forms taught will include the Mindfulness of Breathing, the Metta Bhavana or development of loving-kindness meditation, and walking meditation. These forms have been found to be supportive and helpful to most everyone by helping us to focus, to become more at ease, to know our own minds more fully.

Buddhist teachings we’ll explore will include the five ethical precepts, the principle of conditionality or interconnectedness, and the Four Noble Truths. The course emphasizes how the Buddhist tradition applies to our lives and the world as we know it now.

Led by: Dh. Rijupatha
Times: Wednesdays, February 24th – March 30th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $115/95/70
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, March 10, 2016, – Sunday, March 13, 2016


intro-noble-silence_smOn this weekend retreat we will be exploring the practice of Noble Silence – stillness of body, speech, and mind – and learning how to bring stillness into our daily lives. If you are considering attending a longer, multi-day Noble Silence retreat, this event would be an excellent introduction. It will give you an idea of what to expect on the longer retreat and also what you may encounter as you go deeper within your practice.

This retreat will be led by Bodhana and Lilasiddhi, members of the Triratna Buddhist Order who have led several Noble Silence retreats at Aryaloka. Simple vegetarian food will be served.

Led by: Dh. Bodhana & Dh. Lilasiddhi
Times: 7pm Thursday, March 10, 2016, – 2pm Sunday, March 13, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $300/240/190
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Loving-Kindness

Event Dates: Saturday, March 19, 2016


touching_heart_smThese 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.This month’s topic: Metta Bhavana (loving-kindness)

For a grounding introduction to the practice of meditation and/or Buddhism a combination of meditation workshops and/or an evening class is recommended. Any series or day can also be taken on its own. No prior experience is necessary for introductory level events. All of these courses are also appropriate for practitioners with some experience who wish to refresh their practice.

Foundation Meditations

At Aryaloka we begin with traditional meditations. Each is a path to awakening and a basis for other forms of meditation, such as the Brahmaviharas and Anapanasati meditations, which we teach for experienced practitioners.

Foundation practices belong to the broad class of samatha meditations which develop calm, concentration and a still, pliable mind that is open to insight and deep reflection.

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Just Sitting practice is an open or ‘formless’ meditation of direct awareness of our present moment experience.
    • Walking meditation is mindfulness and metta in motion, following the Buddha’s way of bringing awareness into all our activities.
Led by: Dh. Rijupatha
Times: Saturday, March 19th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $65/50/35
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Path of Practice: A Joyful Heart

Event Dates: Saturday, March 26, 2016


joyful-heart_smThe Triratna Path of Practice offers a framework for the spiritual life, based on Buddhadharma as interpreted by Triratna’s founder, Sangharakshita. The Path consists of five distinct aspects or stages: Peace, Happiness, Wisdom, Freedom of Heart and Mind, and Spontaneous Compassionate Activity. One moves in and through the different aspects in cycles, revisiting each aspect at different times and varying depths.

In 2016 Aryaloka will be delving into the Path of Practice, exploring the Path as a whole, each individual aspect, and how each aspect informs and is reflected in all the others. Each workshop in the Path of Practice workshop series will explore an aspect of the Path through meditation, reflection, and experiential activities, with just enough study and discussion to understand how that aspect supports and is supported by all the other aspects of the Path.

A Joyful Heart, Led by: Dh. Khemavassika and Dh. Viriyagita, Saturday, March 26th
The second aspect of the Path, ‘Developing Happiness,’ also known as ‘Positive Emotion,’ involves the development of emotions that are outgoing and oriented towards others, though their positivity naturally includes ourselves. The development of Metta, or loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity are all part of this aspect of the path, as is the arising of inspiration and devotion.
This workshop on the second aspect of the Path will focus on the importance of positive emotions to the spiritual life, and explore meditation and devotion as ways to developing them.

Led by: Dh. Khemavassika and Dh. Viriyagita
Times: Sat, March 26th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $65/50/35
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, April 15, 2016 – Sunday, April 17, 2016


living-mindfulness_smWhat does it means to live mindfully? How do we bring more calm and inner clarity into our daily lives? How can we stay confident and purposeful when times get rough? This gentle introductory retreat is open to all, especially those with no prior experience with meditation or Buddhism.

We will explore the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness in a down-to-earth, practical way through meditation, discussion, and hands-on exercises. We’ll also investigate how to live with greater awareness and contentment with ourselves, and in turn, how to live in harmony with the world around us. There will be detailed instruction for those who are new to meditation, and periods of silent practice for those with experience.

Led by: Dh. Sunada & Dh. Viriyalila
Times: Friday, April 15th 7:00 p.m. – Sunday, April 17th 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $275/220/170
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Opening to the Heart’s Wisdom Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 3, 2016 – Sunday, June 5, 2016


MettaUnfolds__sm“May my heart always be open to little birds” – EE Cummings

An intensive meditation weekend inviting the heart to be open and listening deeply to what it is trying to tell us. Just sitting with the wisdom of the heart, we are breathing in the world and breathing out our influence on the world, allowing the mysterious process of the bodhichitta to manifest in our experience. Come along and find out where your heart will take you. This meditation weekend retreat is open to those with previous experience of meditation.

About Yashobodhi

YashobodhiAt her ordination in 2005, Yashobodhi was active in the Amsterdam Buddhist Centre where she wrote two books on Buddhism and edited a Dutch Buddhist magazine. She is a lively and inspired dharma teacher with a special love for the perfection of wisdom. She currently teaches at the West London Buddhist Centre where she is the women’s mitra convenor.

 

Led by: Dh. Yashobodhi
Times: 7pm Friday, June 3rd – 2pm June 5th
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $275/220/170
Level: Experienced
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 17, 2016 – Monday, June 27, 2016


intensive-noble-silence_smThis intensive retreat creates an atmosphere conducive to extended meditation with the fewest external distractions. Retreat participants will have no responsibilities during their time here so they can focus completely on their meditation practice. An emphasis on the collective aspect of practice using the five precepts is woven into the fabric of this retreat.

Participants will have the opportunity for daily, individual conversations with retreat leaders about their meditation practice.

Meals will be light and snacks will be provided. After a brief introduction, and a question and answer period the first evening, we will be in Noble Silence until the morning of the final day.

Led by: Bodhana, Karunasara & Lilasiddhi
Times: 7:00 p.m. Fri. June 17, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. Mon. June 27, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $750/600/470
Level: Experienced
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Path of Practice: The Importance of Wisdom

Event Dates: Saturday, July 16, 2016


mensday_smThe Triratna Path of Practice offers a framework for the spiritual life, based on Buddhadharma as interpreted by Triratna’s founder, Sangharakshita. The Path consists of five distinct aspects or stages: Peace, Happiness, Wisdom, Freedom of Heart and Mind, and Spontaneous Compassionate Activity. One moves in and through the different aspects in cycles, revisiting each aspect at different times and varying depths.

In 2016 Aryaloka will be delving into the Path of Practice, exploring the Path as a whole, each individual aspect, and how each aspect informs and is reflected in all the others. Each workshop in the Path of Practice workshop series will explore an aspect of the Path through meditation, reflection, and experiential activities, with just enough study and discussion to understand how that aspect supports and is supported by all the other aspects of the Path.

The Importance of Wisdom, Led by: Dh. Amala, Saturday, July 16th

The aspect of the spiritual life in which one begins to gain insight about oneself and life is referred to as Wisdom or Spiritual Death. What ‘dies’ are all our illusions and delusions about who we are and the nature of existence.

This workshop on the third aspect of the spiritual life will explore both the content of the Buddha’s wisdom (and ours, too, as we progress along the Buddhist path), and practices to cultivate insight.

Details about workshops on the final two aspects of the Path: Freedom of Heart and Mind and Spontaneous Compassionate Activity will be posted soon.

Led by: Dh. Amala
Times:  Saturday, July 16th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $65/50/35
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Tuesday, July 26, 2016


new_yogabuddhism_smSeveral days of stillness, silence, and meditation can be an important means to deeper understanding of ourselves and the Dharma. Through reading and study, classes, and participation in sangha life, the Buddhist way of life gradually permeates. Retreat time helps our learning soak through to our core, so that we are more consistently and fully expressing kindness and wisdom in our lives.

On this retreat we will have several formal meditation sessions each day, including the practice of Mindfulness of Breathing, Metta Bhavana, open ‘formless’ meditations, and walking meditation. There will also be time during the day for personal contemplation, yoga practice, or deep rest.

Over the course of 5 days there will be one or two optional private meditation ‘reviews’ for each participant.
There will also be optional small-group check-ins twice during the retreat for those who find sharing their experience helps them to be conscious of the patterns and processes they are experiencing.
We will hear short poems of inspiration and will have chanting of mantras and/or offering of puja as we find them helpful.
We will be in silence for the duration of the retreat apart from these supportive sessions.

In silence we can hear our inner voice more clearly. In stillness we can see the ripples of our patterns and reactivity more distinctly. In meditation we can see ourselves holding on and letting go. In the simplicity of retreat we can set aside commitments and activities; we can let go of whatever hinders our way to peace and happiness and wisdom.

Enjoy sitting in the shrine room with the sounds of summer birds and insects. Discover the freedom of letting go into silence and stillness, within and all around.

This retreat is open to those with some meditation experience. Introductory meditation instruction is not offered on this retreat, however, guidance and support are available through the small group sharing sessions and the 1-1 reviews.

Retreat led by Dharmacharini Amala, an experienced meditation and Dharma teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community.

Led by: Dh. Amala
Times: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $450/360/285
Level: Open to those with some meditation experience
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates:  Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, – Sunday, Aug 28, 2016


noblesilence_smOn this weekend retreat we will be exploring the practice of Noble Silence – stillness of body, speech, and mind – and learning how to bring stillness into our daily lives. If you are considering attending a longer, multi-day Noble Silence retreat, this event would be an excellent introduction. It will give you an idea of what to expect on the longer retreat and also what you may encounter as you go deeper within your practice.

This retreat will be led by Bodhana and Lilasiddhi, members of the Triratna Buddhist Order who have led several Noble Silence retreats at Aryaloka. Simple vegetarian food will be served.

Led by: Dh. Bodhana & Dh. Lilasiddhi
Times:  7pm Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, – 2pm Sunday, Aug 28, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $260/220/180
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, September,  22, 2016– Sunday September, 25, 2016


photo credit: RelaxingMusic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/83905817@N08/7676579466)Yoga and Buddhism may be described as complex spiritual traditions, each teaching us about ourselves and our way in the world. Both traditions, while drawing upon mind and body practices, turn our attention inward, paving the way to a path of awareness and awakening.

In this retreat there will be a weaving together of the similarities and differences of these practices. There will be an invitation to explore how the practices of Yoga and Buddhism can foster mindfulness, calmness, wisdom, kindness, and compassion.

Although not required, some experience with yoga postures and Buddhist traditions will be helpful. The retreat will be experiential, with appropriate times of silence, delicious vegetarian meals, and rest.

Led by:  Lily Sibley
Times: Thu. 7:00 p.m Sept. 22, 2016– Sun. 12:00 p.m. Sept. 25, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $260/220/180
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, November, 16, 2016 – Tuesday, November, 22, 2016


noble_silence3_smThis intensive retreat creates an atmosphere conducive to extended meditation with the fewest external distractions. Retreat participants will have no responsibilities during their time here so they can focus completely on their meditation practice. An emphasis on the collective aspect of practice using the five precepts is woven into the fabric of this retreat.

Participants will have the opportunity for daily, individual conversations with retreat leaders about their meditation practice.

Meals will be light and snacks will be provided. After a brief introduction, and a question and answer period the first evening, we will be in Noble Silence until the morning of the final day.

Led by: Bodhana, Karunasara & Lilasiddhi
Times: 7:00 p.m. Wed. Nov. 16, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. Tue. Nov. 22, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $695/475/365
Level: Experienced
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.