Event Dates: Tuesday Evenings, April 14th – June 2nd
Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00 p.m., when we gather to meditate and explore aspectts 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 – Spring Series:
(continues for eight weeks – April 14, 2015 to June 2, 2015)
Introduction to Buddhism – The Noble Eight fold path- Led by 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.
Awakening Joy – Led by Akashavanda
This discussion group based on the Book “Awakening Joy, 10 Steps to Happiness” by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander. Our discussion group will guide you on a journey to embrace happiness and well-being, and chart a path to an enriching and meaningful engagement with life.
Ritual & Devotion – Led by Amala
We’ll look at some traditional forms of Buddhist ritual and devotion, including the Sevenfold Puja, its origins and meanings. We will practice some chanting and recitation of verses and puja. We will also explore other forms of devotion and ritual, including learning some of the ‘mudra’ or hand gestures. Other topics will come up along the way, such as what are practicing devotion to? and why we need ritual as part of our practice.
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.
||Arjava, Amala and Akashavanda
||6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
||Suggested donation $10
||Open to All
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.