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, Wednesday, and Thursday Mornings


DSC_0119 Are you looking for more opportunities to meditate with others or for help maintaining a regular meditation practice? Join us on Tuesday, Wednesday 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…)

Teen Night

Event Dates: Ongoing, First Tuesday evening of each month


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.

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: March 31, May 12, June 16


 Practice EveningJoin us 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. No registration required.

Friday Practice Evening Schedule:
March 31: Practice Night
May 12 Practice Night
June 16: Practice Night
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: Spring Series

Event Dates: Begins Tuesday, April 25, 2017


buddha-rupa3_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.

The Spring session topic will be Principles of Buddhism with an emphasis on how Buddhism is relevant for life today.

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 Friends’ Night Team
Times: Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations Appreciated
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
Aryaloka has collection boxes in the entryway for local charities. Aryaloka is currently collecting for the Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth. Safe Harbor provides support and resources for anyone affected by alcohol and drug addiction. Safe Harbor needs cleaning products, office supplies, and personal care items. We are also collecting non-perishable food for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Please feel free to bring a donation for these charities when you arrive. 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.

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 23, 2017 – Sunday, July 2, 2017


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This 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. The five precepts are ethical guidelines that bring about peace and harmony to the world.

This retreat is ideal for anyone who has an established meditation practice and is looking to bring their practice to a deeper level. Participants will need to be familiar with meditation forms and have a regular meditation practice on your own to work from.

The retreat will primarily be a silent meditative experience. The retreat space is for silence of body speech and mind. 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 23, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. Sun. July 2, 2017
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.

Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

Event Dates: Saturday, July 15, 2017


This workshop is an intensive introduction to the Metta Bhavana 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

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. Narottama
Times: Saturday, July 15th 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 20, 2017 – Tuesday, July 25, 2017


summer-stillness_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 20, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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.

To Realize the Unrealized: An Exploration of the Anapanasati Sutta

Event Dates: Friday, September 1, 2017 – Monday, September 4, 2017


The Anapanasati Sutta is one of the most detailed meditation instructions in the Pali Canon, and one of the simplest and most effective ways of exploring the central teaching of the Satipatthanas, which the Buddha described as the direct path to realization. On this retreat, Dhammarati, Nagabodhi, and Satyada will share their exploration of the Anapanasati sutta through meditation and study, and drawing on Sangharakshita’s teachings on mindfulness.

About the leaders:

Dhammarati has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 1976. He is currently a member of the Triratna College of Public Preceptors and president of several Buddhist Centers, including the San Francisco Buddhist Center. In addition to his responsibilities in the Triratna Buddhsit Order, he is on the board of the Network of Buddhist Organisations in the UK, the European Buddhist Union, and the organizing group of the Meeting of Buddhist Teachers in Europe.

Nagabodhi is a member of the Triratna College of Public Preceptors and president of several Triratna Centers worldwide, including Aryaloka. He visits Aryaloka annually and is especially skilled in leading study on traditional Buddhist texts. Nagabodhi has been teaching mindfulness and meditation for over 40 years, and currently runs mindfulness courses, workshops, and private coaching in the southwest of England.

Satyada has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 2012 and teaches meditation and Dharma classes at Aryaloka.

 

Led by: Dhammarati, Nagabodhi, and Satyada
Times: 7pm Friday, Sept. 1, – 2pm Monday, Sept. 4
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $300/250/195
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.

Exploring Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Sunday, September 24, 2017


intensive-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. Familiarity with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are an important foundation for this retreat.

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: Lilasiddhi & Bodhana
Times: 7pm Thursday, Sept. 21, – 2pm Sunday, Sept. 24
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $300/250/195
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 8, 2017 – Tuesday, November 14, 2017


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This 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. The five precepts are ethical guidelines that bring about peace and harmony to the world.

This retreat is ideal for anyone who has an established meditation practice and is looking to bring their practice to a deeper level. Participants will need to be familiar with meditation forms and have a regular meditation practice on your own to work from.

The retreat will primarily be a silent meditative experience. The retreat space is for silence of body speech and mind. 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 8, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. Tues. Nov. 14, 2017
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $600/475/365
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.

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, November 17, 2017 – Sunday, November 19, 2017


What 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, November 17th 7:00 p.m. – Sunday, November 19th 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.