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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Tuesday Friends’ Night: Autumn Series

Event Dates: Tuesday nights, October 21, 2014 – December 16, 2014

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buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends 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.

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Keeping it Real: Spiritual Friendship

Event Dates: Saturday December 13, 2014 – Saturday December 13, 2014

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Men's DayThe Dharma off the Cushion” workshop series we will investigate how our everyday lives can express our Dharma practice. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic, and provide tools and guidance for navigating the trickier areas of our lives. Although each individual workshop will have a different format, they all will offer ample time for reflection and discussion of one’s own circumstances and experience. (more…)

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Vimalakirti Nirdesa

Event Dates: Saturday December 20, 2014 – Saturday December 20, 2014

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Vimalakirti_smThe Vimalakirti Nirdesa- also called the “Inconceivable Emancipation”- is a Buddhist text which tests the boundaries of what we call Reality via its protagonist Vimalakirti, an advanced bodhisattva. Highly insightful, and often humorous, it takes us on a mind-bending magical journey. (more…)

Introduction to Meditation Workshop – Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday December 21, 2014 – Sunday December 21, 2014

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intromeditation2_smThis workshop is an intensive introduction to the Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught. (more…)

Meditate For Peace Day

Event Dates: Thursday January 1, 2015 – Thursday January 1, 2015

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Meditate for Peace DayPlease join us once again for the 2015 Meditate for Peace Day. This will be our ninth annual meditation day at the dawn of the New Year. Join us in the spirit of peace and loving-kindness for the benefit of all beings. (more…)

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday January 6, 2015 – Tuesday January 6, 2015

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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. (more…)

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights,  January 9, 2015 –  March 6, 2015

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Practice EveningJoin 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. (more…)

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday January 13, 2015 – Tuesday January 13, 2015

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no-image3_300px_squareJoin 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. (more…)

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesdays,  January 14, 2015 – February 4, 2015

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PaintingThis four-week course provides a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of sitting meditation practice. During the course, two different meditation practices will be taught: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Meditation on Loving Kindness. These are traditional Buddhist meditation techniques dating back to the time of the Buddha, although one does not need to be a Buddhist or have Buddhist beliefs to practice them. (more…)

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Winter Series

Event Dates: Tuesday January 20, 2015 – Tuesday January 20, 2015

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buddha-rupa4_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. (more…)

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday January 25, 2015 – Sunday January 25, 2015

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intromeditation2_smThis workshop is an intensive introduction to the Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught. (more…)

Nordic Nirvana Retreat

Event Dates: Friday February 6, 2015 – Sunday February 8, 2015

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nordicnirvana_smPack your cross country skis or snowshoes to experience the awe of Aryaloka’s winter stillness and beauty. Scheduled to fall on the full moon, this weekend retreat will be a delicious mix of playing in the snow, meditation, periods of noble silence, and small group discussion – all in the context of cultivating mindfulness and gratitude. Akashavanda will share her favorite (secret!) place for a moonlit excursion in the woods and Arjava will share his culinary gifts in the kitchen. (more…)

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday March 12, 2015 – Sunday March 15, 2015

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intronoblesilence_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. (more…)

Open Meditation Session

Event Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 6, 2015 – June 18, 2015

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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…)

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday June 19, 2015 – Sunday June 28, 2015

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noblesilence_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. (more…)