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 Session

Event Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays October 7, 2014 – December 30, 2014

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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…)

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights,  October 17th, 24th, & 31st, November 7th, 21st, & 28th

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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: Autumn Series

Event Dates: Tuesday nights, October 21, 2014 – December 9, 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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Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday  nights, December 5th, 12th & 19th

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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…)

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…)

Young Sangha Gathering

Event Dates: Sunday December 14, 2014 – Sunday December 14, 2014

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Young SanghaThese classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. Our first hour is for children ages up to 9. In each class there is a short talk, gentle meditation, and an arts and crafts activity related to a Buddhist theme. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed. The second hour is for ages 10 to 17. During this hour we will have gentle meditation and discussion on topics relevant to teens and how to live the practices in our lives. (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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MeditationThis 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…)

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday January 9, 2015 – Friday January 9, 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…)

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…)

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday January 23, 2015 – Friday January 23, 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…)

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…)

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday February 6, 2015 – Friday February 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…)

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 Meditation And Buddhism – Winter Series

Event Dates: Wednesday nights,  February 11, 2015 – March 18, 2015

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SatipatthanaOn these six Wednesday evenings we will learn traditional Buddhist meditations and also explore basic Buddhist teachings. Meditations taught will include the Mindfulness of Breathing, development of loving-kindness (Metta Bhavana) 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 shared 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. (more…)

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday February 13, 2015 – Friday February 13, 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…)

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday February 20, 2015 – Friday February 20, 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…)

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday February 27, 2015 – Friday February 27, 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…)

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday March 6, 2015 – Friday 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…)

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…)

Introduction To Meditation Workshop – Metta

Event Dates: Saturday April 4, 2015 – Saturday April 4, 2015

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intromeditation_smThis 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. (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…)