Retreats

Retreat gives us an opportunity to slow everything down and spend time reflecting on what is most important to us. Aryaloka offers frequent weekend retreats and periodic weeklong retreats. Expand your horizons; step to a new level. Come on retreat!

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Transcendental Principle Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 to Sunday, August 23, 2015


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Please note: This retreat is not open to the public. This GFR (Going For Refuge) retreat is for women in the ordination process only.

Pre-requisites: This retreat is for women who are in the ordination preparation process for the Triratna Buddhist Order. This is the most advanced of all the Going for Refuge retreats and therefore we have prerequisites in a way that we don’t for other Going for Refuge retreats:
• Two years of Mitra study
• At least one Going for Refuge retreat
• Good knowledge and reflection of the Dharma
OR: Recommendation of your Mitra convener or study leaders.

Registration deadline: August 2. A $100 deposit is needed at the time of registration.

Payment information: Our registration system is set up to take one payment per event. Because many people need to pay for this retreat in installments, we will be using a combination of our registration system and Paypal so that you do not need to pay for the entire retreat all at once.
When you register you can pay in full at one of the three price levels listed above, or you can pay a $100 deposit. If you choose the $100 deposit option, we will send you a link to a Paypal payment page and you can pay your balance through Paypal. The full balance must be received by August 16.

Preparation: You must prepare for study prior to the retreat by reading thoroughly, looking up any dharma terms you don’t know and taking notes. You should bring a summary of each section with you. Ideally you will also take part in one of the face to face or online study groups on the text.
We will be studying Chapter One of the Survey of Buddhism by Sangharakshita. Required background reading is the paper Revering and Relying on the Dharma by Subhuti. You can find that paper on buddhistcenter.com or Subhuti’s website.

About the Survey:
In the mid 1950’s, a time when Buddhist scholarship was still in its infancy and communication between the various traditions was rare, Sangharakshita composed a lucid and practical exposition of Buddhism. He presents Buddhism as a unifying principle and also shows how that principle is applied in our lives. Buddhism is oriented around the principle of Conditioned Co Production and an actualization of the transcendent state of awareness, which is an unambiguous experience of that principle. In this book we are exposed to the mind of a young Sangharakshita who is in a process of taking in the traditions of Buddhism from every angle at his disposal. With inspiration and creative intellect he confidently embraces and expounds the path of freedom and happiness which flows throughout Buddhism. This book teaches a transcendental Buddhist principle, as well as describing how we can most effectively begin our approach to learning. Through becoming acquainted with that principle, we can begin to imagine and perhaps experience it as a force for personal and social transformation and liberation.

Led by: The US and Canadian Women’s GFR Retreat Team
Times: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12th – 11:00 a.m. Sunday, August 23rd
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: $685/550/420  or $100 Deposit at sign up
Level: Experienced
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, September 24, 2015– Sunday, September 27, 2015


photo credit: RelaxingMusic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/83905817@N08/7676579466)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.

Led by: Lily Sibley
Times:  Thu 7:00 p.m. – Sun 12:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $260/220/180
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Sitting Down and Waking Up: Young Sangha Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, October 2, 2015– Sunday, October 4, 2015


SittingDown_smSign up now for our first Young Sangha retreat! This will be a great chance for Young Sangha members get to know each other much better and to spend the weekend practicing, meditating and exploring the Dharma together.

We’ll be working on meditation practice in this retreat – going more deeply into the foundational forms of meditation taught in our tradition, working with the Five Hindrances or obstacles in meditation, and learning what the relationship is between sitting practice and the arising of insight and wisdom. There will be opportunity to discuss how sitting down on the cushion helps us to wake up, and how we can make more room for practice on and off the cushion amidst the activity of our busy lives.

Also, be sure to bring your musical instruments or oddball talents for a Bonfire Social on Saturday evening, weather permitting!

 

Led by: Rijupatha
Times:  Fri 7:00 p.m. – Sun 12:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $240/200/160
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Gateways to Buddha Realms, a Mandala Retreat

Event Dates: Sunday, October 11, 2015 – Friday, October 16, 2015


MandalaRetreat_smOn this retreat we will experience a mandala of practices and approaches to enter the Buddha realms. Practices will include meditation, study and exploration of teachings, devotion and ritual, in a container of silence and contemplation. We hope to engage body, speech and mind fully, so that we become more thoroughly integrated and effective in our practice.

We will explore the symbols and teachings of the Mandala of the Five Buddhas and utilize the stupa on the grounds at Aryaloka as a focus of our Mandala practice. Buddhas are not just images in two or three dimensions; the retreat will be designed in multiple dimensions to help us break out of convention limited view.

The Five Buddhas each express a particular enlightened quality, which we will approach through meditation and reflection. Each of the Buddhas, and each section of the stupa, connects to one of the Elements also. We will especially learn how to connect to the different energies in ourselves: the stability of Earth, fluidity of Water, expansiveness of Air, and so on.

The retreat is for practitioners who have developed a regular practice of meditation and who are interested in exploring the vast world of Buddhist symbolism. Prior retreat experience is helpful, though not a requirement for attendance.

Led by Amala, long time practitioner and devotee of the Five Jinas. She has been exploring imagery and symbolism and multi-dimensional forms of practice since her college days when she pulled her interest in these things into a degree in Religious Studies. More recently, Amala was part of the team who brought the stupa to Aryaloka.

Led by: Dh. Amala
Times: 7pm Sunday, Oct. 11th – 3pm Friday, Oct. 16th
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $390/330/270
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – Tuesday, November 10, 2015


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.

Participants will have the opportunity for daily, individual conversations with retreat leaders about their meditation practice.

Meals will be light and snacks will be provided. After a brief introduction, and a question and answer period the first evening, we will be in Noble Silence until the morning of the final day.

Led by: Bodhana, Karunasara & Lilasiddhi
Times: Wed. Nov. 4th 7:00 p.m. – Tues. Nov. 10th 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $695/475/365
Level: Experienced
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Wisdom of the Body

Event Dates: Friday, November 13, 2015 – Sunday, November 15, 2015


Wisdom of the BodyIn meditation, the body and posture are not mere preliminaries. Mindfulness is all about opening up our awareness. And how else would we do that than through our bodies and our senses? The body is THE vehicle with which we take in what our experience has to offer. But how open are we to receiving it?

It is said that if we create auspicious conditions in our body and environment, meditation and realization will automatically arise. So on this retreat we will practice embodied awareness as a doorway to deepening our practice. We will learn principles of posture that set the stage for openness and receptivity. We will explore different approaches to cultivating mindfulness and metta through the gateway of sensory experience. And there will be plenty of silence to allow each of us to touch a place of stillness within.

Led by: Dh. Sunada
Times: 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13th – Sunday, Nov. 15th 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $240/200/160
Level: Experienced
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

International Urban Retreat: Living in the Greater Mandala

Event Dates: Saturday, November, 21, 2015 – Saturday, November, 28, 2015


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The annual International Urban Retreat will be happening at Triratna Centres across the world, and online at thebuddhistcentre.com. It will include content suitable for anyone involved in Triratna and any Order members who want to take part. While the entire retreat can be participated in from home, we will be offering an introduction and several practice and discussion sessions at Aryaloka through the week. During these sessions we may practice together, share our experiences of the retreat, and view and discuss the on-line content together.

Aryaloka will kick off the Urban retreat with an information and orientation session at Sangha Day, November 21. There will be discussion sessions on Monday 11/23, Tuesday 11/24, and Wednesday 11/25 from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. These sessions will be at Aryaloka and facilitated by Dh. Khemavassika.

The theme of this year’s retreat is Living in the Greater Mandala. Our lives can be so full and busy. What we are engaged in may be good and helpful, but it is so easy to become driven, then anxious, and then impatient and humorless. Our activities can easily become another “ego-project” – part of the way our mind fabricates a too rigid and narrow sense of self.

Is it possible to live an active life without the busy ego? How can we remain pro-active without getting compulsive?

Sangharakshita’s teaching of “the Greater Mandala” is about learning to live from a more expansive, beautiful and non-utilitarian perspective. During the International Urban Retreat we’ll be taking a fresh look at this teaching, and at the kinds of Dharma practices and attitudes that can help us live more fully in the Greater Mandala. It will include teaching and input from Lokeshvara, Parami, Saddhanandi, Vajragupta and others at Adhisthana.

The link to access the retreat materials will be posted in November. The orientation and discussion sessions will be held on a drop in basis and no prior registration is necessary. There is no charge for the Urban Retreat, although donations are accepted with appreciation

Led by: Various members of the Triratna Buddhist Order
Times: Saturday, November, 21st – Saturday, November, 28th
Venue: Online/Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
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.

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Event Dates: Friday, December 4, 2015 – Sunday, December 6, 2015


MindfulEating_smYou can bring the power of mindfulness into your life by engaging in the practice of mindful eating. To transform your mind, health, and life, learn how to use three steps with food and the act of eating, using 2500-year-old wisdom from the Buddhist tradition.

The three steps include checking in, noticing aspects of our experience, and bringing kindness to whatever arises. These three steps can transform any meal into something that goes beyond the nutrients on the plate. The act of eating mindfully can change neural pathways, allowing new behaviors to emerge.

This weekend retreat will also discuss three common obstacles to mindfulness and mindful eating and three helpful tools to overcome them.

The retreat is open to anyone interested in cultivating mindfulness in daily life, or around food and eating in particular. Some prior experience of mindfulness meditation is helpful but not necessary for participation.

If you have specific allergies, issues, or conditions relating to food and eating, please inform the Aryaloka staff when you register. All meals will be prepared on-site and staying in residence at Aryaloka for the weekend is recommended.

Special note: This workshop has been approved for 20 CEU for Registered Dietitians.

Leaders for the weekend are Megrette Fletcher and Dharmacharini Amala.

megretteMegrette Fletcher, M.Ed, RD, CDE is an internationally recognized expert on mindful eating who helped co-found The Center for Mindful Eating, www.TCME.org. Megrette is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. She is the author of two books including Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, believes that mindfulness practice is an essential part of health, and has maintained a daily meditation practice since 1999.

AmalaDh. Amala is a co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating, www.TCME.org. She is also a meditation instructor and mentor with over 10 years experience teaching meditation and the importance of mindfulness. She is dedicated to sharing the practice and benefits of meditation to audiences in a variety of contexts – educational settings, health care, and spiritual or religious contexts. Amala is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Led by: Megrette Fletcher & Dh. Amala
Times: Friday Dec. 4th  7pm – Sunday, Dec. 6th  3pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $240/200/160
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Winter Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Saturday, December 26, 2015 – Thursday, December 31, 2015


winterretreat_smTis the season to be still! Tis the season to reflect!

As we enter the depths of winter we will use the opportunity of this end of year retreat to do two things: We will simply enjoy days of shared stillness, deep silence and meditation, and we will quietly reap the benefits this will inevitably bring.

For those who want to, we will also engage in the practice of some structured reflections that are pertinent to the year’s end. We may, for example, get in touch with what has positively motivated and inspired us over the year, and how to strengthen those in the coming year. We may remind ourselves what our most heartfelt aspirations are and reconnect with them in ways that are helpful and non-judgmental. The practice of meditation will help us develop both the concentration and positivity that will allow meaningful and realistic ‘resolutions’ to emerge.

Most of all this retreat will offer the time and space to simply and quietly be with ourselves in the delightful presence of others and in the beautiful tranquility of Aryaloka.

Led by: Dh. Sravaniya
Times: 7pm Saturday, Dec. 26th – 1pm Thursday, Dec. 31st
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $390/330/270
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.