Event Dates: Tuesday March 4, 2014 – Tuesday March 4, 2014
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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.