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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Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Every Friday Evening resuming  July 25th

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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.

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.

Upcoming puja evenings are: April 18, May 9 (Buddha Day Celebration), and June 13

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Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday August 19, 2014 – Tuesday August 19, 2014

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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…)

Open Meditation Session

Event Dates: Tuesdays and 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 meditaton 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…)

As Metta Unfolds: Intermediate Meditation Course

Event dates: October 8,15, 22, 29, November 5. End time is 9:30 p.m.

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touching_heart_smIn five weeks of evening sessions we will enter the realms of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. What if you were more kind to yourself? What if you could develop greater compassion for everyone in this challenging world? What is the gateway to joy? And is it really possible to be calm and even-minded in the face of everything life throws at us? Come to this series of classes if you have been meditating for a while and wonder where the heart fits in. (more…)

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday October 15, 2014 – Wednesday October 15, 2014

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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…)

Young Sangha Gathering

Event Dates: Sunday October 19, 2014 – Sunday October 19, 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…)

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Event Dates: Sunday October 19, 2014 – Sunday October 19, 2014

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dhyanas_smDo you ever wonder if there is more to meditation practice than you are experiencing? When practicing the Mindfulness of Breathing, do you sometimes wonder what to do after you get to 10? Does your mind wander more than you’d like? Is metta sometimes hard to cultivate? (more…)

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday October 29, 2014 – Wednesday October 29, 2014

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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…)

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday November 5, 2014 – Wednesday November 5, 2014

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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…)

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Tuesday November 11, 2014 – Tuesday November 18, 2014

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noble_silence3_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…)

Exploring Mindfulness: The joy of bringing awareness into our daily lives

Event Dates: Saturday November 22, 2014 – Saturday November 22, 2014

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exploring_mindfulness_smAre you ready to take your mindfulness to a deeper level? Treat yourself to a relaxing and spacious day of mindfulness practice, including meditation, activities, noble silence, gentle yoga, and small group discussion. This mini-retreat will offer you practical ways to apply mindfulness in your relationships, communication, and work. Led by Akashavanda and Tom Gaillard. (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…)