Special Events

Aside from retreats and classes, there's always something exciting going on at Aryaloka.

Special events held at our center include festival days, art showings, sangha and community celebrations, musical performances, visiting guests and speakers, movie showings and much more.

Upcoming Special Events:

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Aryaloka 2012 Pledge Drive

An Appeal for Generosity

The Aryaloka Buddhist Center is growing fast and attracting more people who want to learn about and live the Dharma. Our mission is to create the best possible conditions for you to explore, practice and share the Buddhist spiritual path for the benefit of all beings.

The annual appeal is a vital funding source for Aryaloka along with Sangha night donation, retreats and other programs. Unlike the other sources, though, the monthly pledge provides the bedrock of certainty to our monthly income, and enables us to better plan and dedicate the resources towards teaching and spreading the Dharma throughout the region.

Aryaloka is fueled by a considerable volunteer force, and for that we are deeply grateful. Income from retreats and Sangha night donations only cover a portion of the Center’s annual costs. Additional funding is still needed to pay for our small staff, utilities, building maintenance and upkeep, including meeting unexpected (and costly!) issues like squirrel control or the losses from Hurricane Irene.

Satyada’s Ordination

Satyada's Ordination CeremonySee Satyada’s (the former Stephen Sloan) Public Ordination Ceremony!

Satyada publicly took ordination vows on July 7, 2012, at 2 p.m. EST. His Private Preceptor was Vidhuma and the Public Preceptor who guided the ceremony was Nagabodhi. The ceremony was streamed live for the Triratna Community, for what we believe was the first time in history!

Click the link here to see an archived video of the streamed event: http://ustre.am/M7W1

Bhante’s Skype Chat with Aryaloka

Bhante SkypeIn early July of 2012 Sangharakshita and Aryaloka Buddhist Center, along with Triratna New York City, coordinated a live Skype event together – the first of its kind to connect Bhante directly with the North American sanghas using new technology. And we have a recording of the event available for those weren’t able to be there!

In the question and answer session, Sangharakshita shared his thoughts on various topics chosen by sangha members. At the end, several Aryaloka community members and old friends expressed their deep gratitude for Bhante’s contributions. This was a beautiful opportunity for everyone involved, and hopefully one that will set the stage for further chances to connect.

To see the video, visit our Media Page, where you’ll find the entire conversation, along with many other wonderful video resources that you may have missed!

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights


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. (more…)

Mindfulness and Health

Event Dates: Saturday February 28, 2015
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mindfulnesshealth_smDr. Paul Shagoury (Vidhuma) will review the impact of mindfulness meditation on physical and emotional health. The presentation will include a working definition of mindfulness along with a review and summary of research on mindfulness and stress, depression, cancer, anxiety and overall well-being.

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Dhardo Rinpoche’s Visit

In March we are pleased and honored to once again welcome Dhardo Rinpoche to Triratna Centers on Dhardo Rinpochethe East Coast. His visit from his monastery in India offers a special opportunity for our sangha to experience his wisdom, sincerity, and kindness in person. In addition to meeting with people individually, Dhardo Rinpoche will also be leading some public events:

On Sunday March 8 he will be dedicating the stupa and leading a Guru Puja. (more…)

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: The Dharma at Work

Event Date: Sunday, March 22 |  6pm-8pm


young_persons_smIf 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: The Dharma at Work

We’ll be talking about Right Livelihood and finding meaning in our career, ethics in the workplace, finding stillness amid the demands of work life, and more…

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: Apr. 26, May 24, 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 rijupatha@gmail.com 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!

Led by: Rijupatha
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: 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.

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening with Mitra Ceremonies

Event Dates: Tuesday, March 31st


cafe_smJoin us for Cafe Night at Aryaloka! When study series are complete for our Tuesday Friend’s Nights we like to hold these evenings to reconnect before embarking on a new series, and they’re always lots of fun.

We’ll be having a potluck dinner beginning at 5:30, where we can share a yummy meal with each other, meet new friends, and catch up with old ones!

Then, mitra ceremonies will be held from 7:00 to 8:00, followed by exciting new cafe topics.

So, bring a dish to share, questions to answer, and join in the fun!

Led by: Tuesday Night Team
Times: 5:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: 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.

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday, April 7th


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.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:15, 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.

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: Tuesday Night Team
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.

Fundraising Auction

Event Dates: Friday, April 10, 2015


Update: Check out the items available at the auction here!

It’s back!!! After a several year hiatus the Aryaloka Fundraising Auction will be held on Friday, April 10. The evening will include:

  • Silent auction from 5 – 8 pm (some items will be available for bidding several days beforehand)
  • Mouthwatering desserts
  • Live auction begins at 7 PM
  • Auctioneers Dayalocana and Arjava, Aryaloka’s emeritus and current chairs.

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Movie Night: Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama

Event Dates: Saturday April 11, 2015


Aryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015! This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 7 pm. There is no registration for Movie Night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, April 11

10QDalailama

Filmmaker Rick Ray asks the Dalai Lama ten key questions during the course of an interview, which is inter-cut with a biography of the Dalai Lama, a history of modern Tibet, and a chronicle of Ray’s journey securing the interview. (Not rated, 2006) (more…)

Triratna Community Day

Event Dates: Saturday, April 11th


sangha-crowd_300px_squareOn Saturday April 11, the Aryaloka and Portsmouth Buddhist Center sanghas will join together to celebrate the 48th birthday of the Triratna Buddhist Community. The festivities will begin at 3 PM with selection video shorts highlighting Triratna activities around the world. A meditation and celebratory puja will follow at 4 PM. We’ll conclude with a pot luck dinner at 5:30 pm. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and everyone is invited to our monthly movie night following the pot luck dinner. April’s movie is Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama.

No registration is necessary for Triratna Community Day. Although there is no set fee for the celebration, donations are gratefully accepted.

Led by: Dh. Amala
Times: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Venue: 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.

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: Quenching the Fire of Craving

Event Date: Sunday, April 26 |  6pm-8pm


young_persons_smIf you’re a New England Triratna sangha member in your 20s and 30s (or thereabouts and young at heart) please join us for the third gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

This Month: Quenching the Fire of Craving

Modern culture, especially for young people, is constantly encouraging us to spin on a never-ending wheel of wanting more and better and faster and newer – but when is it enough? Where does all this craving get us, and how can we be satisfied with what’s really important? This month we’ll discuss craving – how it leads to stress and suffering, and what we can do about it.

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: May 24, 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 rijupatha@gmail.com 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!

Led by: Rijupatha
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: 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.

Movie Night: Samsara

Event Dates: Saturday May 9, 2015


samsara_smAryaloka will be showing monthly movies in 2015! This Buddhist film series offers a mix of classic favorites and perhaps some Dharmic films you have never seen before. Bring your friends, grab some refreshments, and enjoy a film with us. All films will begin at 7 pm. There is no registration for Movie Night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Samsara, May 9

Samsara explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of humanity’s spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation. (PG-13, 2011) (more…)

Bodhisattvas at Play – Spring Work Weekend

Event Dates: Saturday, May 16, 2015  &  Sunday, May 17, 2015

Register for this Event


Spring Work DaysPlease join us for our spring work days on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th! This is a great chance to practice generosity and to work together with friends from the Aryaloka sangha to create beauty and harmony inside and outside. We will be cleaning, tidying, working in the gardens and on the grounds – whatever needs doing to make the center shine! No experience necessary. (more…)

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout: Dharma Practice in the Age of Facebook

Event Date: Sunday, May 24 |  6pm-8pm


young_persons_smIf 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 rijupatha@gmail.com 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!

Led by: Rijupatha
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: 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.

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, June 14th


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…)