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

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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.

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

Tuesday Friends’ Night – Spring Series

Event Dates: Tuesday March 25, 2014 – Tuesday May 13, 2014


Friends' NightFriends 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. (more…)

Exploring Insight: Advanced Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday April 23, 2014 – Wednesday May 28, 2014

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Advanced Meditation CourseOn this six-week course we’ll explore insight meditation though an experiential investigation of the Three Lakshanas (“marks”) of impermanence, non-self, and unsatisfactoriness. Contemplation of the Three Lakshanas loosens our fixed sense of reality and opens us up to a more fluid sense of ourselves and the world around us.  Prior experience with Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana practices are an important foundation for taking this course.

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Men’s Practice Day – Taking the Wheel

Event Dates: Saturday April 19, 2014 – Saturday April 19, 2014

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mensday_smPlease join Narottama and Perry Blass for a Men’s Practice Day on April 19th, from 9am to 3pm at Akasaloka.

The day begins with meditation at 9:15am, then continues with a discussion on the importance of being mindful and aware as we navigate the world. Practicing mindfulness, combined with an ethical compass, can help promote integration and well-being as we see ever deeper into the interconnection of all things. All men are welcome. There will be a  free lunch included.

Please note: There are two new changes to our Men’s Days – registration is now required for the day and there is also a sliding scale fee to support Aryaloka.  We want all men in our community to be able to attend, so if the fee will be a challenge for you, please contact the office to arrange alternate pricing.

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Moving Into the Dhyanas

Event Dates: Saturday April 26, 2014 – Saturday April 26, 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?

This workshop series, entitled “Meditation Tune Up: Ideas and Inspiration to Help Your Meditation Practice Thrive” will help revitalize your practice. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of meditation practice and provide practical tips to help you move into a more deeply concentrated state of mind.

This month’s workshop is: Moving Into the Dhyanas

The Dhyanas, concentrated states of mind characterized by calm, presence, and joy, are attainable by everyone. This workshop, led by Lilasiddhi, will explore these refined mental states and provide tools to help us experience them more readily during meditation.

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Apr. Introduction to Meditation Workshop: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday April 27, 2014 – Sunday April 27, 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.

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.

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Buddha Day Celebration

Event Dates: Friday May 9, 2014 – Friday May 9, 2014

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BuddhaThe Buddha’s Enlightenment is the central event in Buddhism and we mark this event on Buddha Day (sometimes called Wesak), the most important festival in our calendar. Many of the Buddha’s disciples also attained Enlightenment, and in the centuries that have followed there have been many other Enlightened masters. They too are recalled at Buddha Day with readings of accounts of their lives or from works they wrote themselves. But Enlightenment is also an ideal to which all Buddhists aspire. So Buddha Day is a chance to reflect on what it might mean for individual Buddhists.

Led by: TBD
Times: TBD
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations gratefully accepted
Level: Open to All
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 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.

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Living Compassion: Order/Mitra Retreat

Event Dates: Friday May 16, 2014 – Sunday May 18, 2014

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livingcompassion_smThis retreat is an excellent chance for Order members and mitras to spend some extended time with each other on retreat and discuss practicing compassion.  The weekend will be led by visiting Order member Shantigarbha, an expert in Non-Violent Communication and the leader of several events on this topic at Aryaloka in past years. The focus of the retreat will be, “How do we really live compassion in our lives?” and will include the following elements:

•    Meditation sessions including guided reflections and open sits.
•    Exercises drawn from Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to bring empathy and compassion into our everyday lives and relationships.
•    Stories from the life of the Buddha: How did he embody empathy? How did he make empathy the basis of ethics and compassion?
•    How do we develop empathy for those we love and extend it even to our enemies? (more…)

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday June 5, 2014 – Sunday June 8, 2014

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Yoga

Yoga and Buddhism may be described as complex spiritual traditions, each teaching us about ourselves and our way in the world. Both traditions, while drawing upon mind and body practices, turn our attention inward, paving the way to a path of awareness and awakening.

In this retreat there will be a weaving together of the similarities and differences of these practices. There will be an invitation to explore how the practices of Yoga and Buddhism can foster mindfulness, calmness, wisdom, kindness, and compassion.

Although not required, some experience with yoga postures and Buddhist traditions will be helpful. The retreat will be experiential, with appropriate times of silence, delicious vegetarian meals, and rest.

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Jun. Introduction to Meditation Workshop: Loving-kindness

Event Dates: Saturday June 14, 2014 – Saturday June 14, 2014

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MeditationThis 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.

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.

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Introduction to Visualization Practice: The Stupa

Event Dates: Sunday June 15, 2014 – Sunday June 15, 2014

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stupa_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?

This workshop series, entitled “Meditation Tune Up: Ideas and Inspiration to Help Your Meditation Practice Thrive” will help revitalize your practice. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of meditation practice and provide practical tips to help you move into a more deeply concentrated state of mind.

This month’s workshop is: Introduction to Visualization Practice: The Stupa

Visualization meditation practices are common in Buddhism. This workshop, led by Amala, will explore what visualization means, how visualization practice can benefit us, and introduce a traditional visualization from the Buddhist tradition: the Stupa Visualization.

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Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday June 25, 2014 – Wednesday July 2, 2014

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Intensive Noble Silence RetreatThis 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.

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