Practice Days are a chance to come together as a sangha for meditation, study, and the building of spiritual friendship. They are an excellent way to deepen one's relationship to other sangha members, and to strengthen one's experience with, and understanding of, the Dharma.
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Event Dates: Friday nights
Join 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…)
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.
|Led by:||Arjava, Amala and Akashavanda|
|Times:||6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.|
|Fee:||Suggested donation $10|
|Level:||Open to All|
Event Date: Sunday, May 24, 2015 | 6pm-8pm
If you’re a New England Triratna sangha member in your 20s and 30s (or thereabouts and young at heart) please join us for the second gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!
This Month: Dharma Practice in the Age of Facebook
Coming of age at the birth of the internet presents new challenges to young people living a Buddhist life. How should we reconcile sangha with social media, patience and reflection with instant answers on Google, mindfulness and ethics with texting and commenting? In this month’s gathering we jump into the fray to see where life online meets Buddhist practice.
These monthly gatherings are a great chance to get together with other young sangha members to hang out, get to know each other, and talk about various issues and topics. Come be a part of the creation of our fledgling gang of Dharma practitioners!
The Young Person’s Sangha meets on the fourth Sunday of each month (dates are listed below so you can plan ahead) from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Upcoming Hangout Dates: Jun. 28
Until June, all events will meet at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, but we may plan to meet at other venues in the future. Contact Rijupatha at firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure you’re on the mailing list for young folks and stay tuned.
Young members of all the regional sanghas – Portsmouth Buddhist Center, Nagaloka Buddhist Center, and Triratna Boston – are all heartily invited!
|Times:||6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|Level:||Open to All|