Practice Days

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.

Upcoming Practice Days:

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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 – Summer Series

Event Dates: Tuesday Jun 10, 2014 – Tuesday Aug 5, 2014


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.

 

Study & Discussion Groups – Summer Series:
(continues for eight weeks – June 10 to August 5, 2014)
Note: June 24th will be a special evening led by visiting Order member Kamalashila

The Eightfold Path - Led by Akashavanda

Karma & RebirthLed by Arjava

Anapanasati Meditation PracticeLed by Amala & Lilasiddhi

 

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: Akashavanda, Arjava, Amala, Lilasiddhi
Times: 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested donation $10
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.

Men’s Practice Day: Releasing the Heart

Event Dates: Saturday July 26, 2014 – Saturday July 26, 2014

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mensday_heart_smCultivating positive emotion is an absolutely essential part of the spiritual life – however all too often for men the idea of working with emotions can be, well, a bit… challenging.  Well perfect!  Because in this class with Eric Wentworth we’ll aim to take up that challenge and find methods to free the heart from its protective shell!

Releasing the heart involves honestly examining the skillfulness of our actions, selflessly opening ourselves up to others and creating spiritual friendships, and putting our mindfulness practice into action so that we can awaken to the joy and contentment available all around us in every moment.

Using meditative practices like the Metta Bhavana, some good humor, and some good old fun experimenting, by the end of the day we hope you’ll be uplifted, and perhaps even find some rich insights! (more…)