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.
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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.
See 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
In 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!
Event Dates: Friday December 13, 2013 – Friday December 13, 2013
We hope you can join us for these special events. Once a month on the nearest Friday to the Full Moon, Aryaloka is open for an evening of practice which includes meditation and Dharma readings, followed by a Seven-fold Puja. The evenings are led, but there is no instruction or guidance per se. If you know how to meditate and feel comfortable with Buddhist practice, please come join fellow practitioners and enjoy the collective benefits. Contributions toward heat and electricity will be appreciated!
Event Dates: Wednesday January 1, 2014 – Wednesday January 1, 2014
Please join us once again for the 2014 Meditate for Peace Day. This will be our ninth annual meditation day at the dawn of the New Year. Join us in the spirit of peace and loving-kindness for the benefit of all beings.
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2013
Times: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This monthly informal drawing group grew out of a Drawing and Meditation Workshop and it’s a great way to meet up with other artistic spiritual friends.
We meet from 9:30AM-11:30AM at Akashaloka (the building behind the Aryaloka domes). The current dates set for 2014 are January 5, February 2, March 23, and April 27.
Bring your own art supplies. While a simple pencil and drawing pad is enough, feel free to bring anything else you may have. Sign-ups not necessary and we will have a Dana bowl for donations. For more information or any questions e-mail Eric Ebbeson at email@example.com
|Led by:||Eric Ebbeson|
|Times:||9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.|
|Fee:||Donations gratefully accepted|
|Other dates:||February 2, March 23, April 27|
|Registration:||No registration necessary|
Event Dates: Saturday February 22, 2014 – Saturday February 22, 2014
One of the great – and difficult – truths of existence is that of impermanence. All conditioned things are impermanent and what has come into existence will change and one day will cease to exist. Death is one of the things about life that we can depend on. Even the Buddha, enlightened and in complete harmony with Reality, died.
On Parinirvana Day we will gather to embrace this truth and to celebrate the Buddha’s gift of truth with readings from the Parinibbana Sutta, when the Buddha died and entered into parinibbana, beyond both existence and non-existence. We will also celebrate the lives of people we know who have died, sharing stories of our own loved ones.
Event Dates: Sunday March 30, 2014 – Sunday March 30, 2014
Join Aryaloka’s senior Dharma teachers for study of suttas, sutras, and stories from throughout the Buddhist tradition. This month’s study is entitled “Going Forth,” led by visiting teacher Nagabodhi.
Before gaining Enlightenment and becoming the Buddha, Siddhartha was just like one of us, a seeker after truth and freedom. So what was he like in those days? How did he appear to others? And why did a king offer to share his kingdom with him – just on catching a glimpse of him in the marketplace? With the help of a text from the Sutta Nipata, Nagabodhi will guide us towards an imaginative meeting with Siddhartha, the archetypal ‘spiritual seeker’.