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: Every Friday Evening

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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.

Upcoming puja evenings are: April 18, May 9 (Buddha Day Celebration), and June 13 (more…)

Fundraising Dinner for the Stupa Project

Event Dates: Friday April 18, 2014 – Friday April 18, 2014

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Stupa DinnerPlease join us for a scrumptious and elegantly simple fundraising dinner at Aryaloka Buddhist Center on April 18th at 6:00 p.m.! The menu includes a hearty soup to warm the winter chill, lovingly-created bread and salad, and cake for dessert to add a touch of sweetness. All this in addition to joyful sangha friends to break bread with!  There will be a presentation about the Stupa Project as part of the evening, and the dinner will be followed by a special Dhardo Rinpoche puja ceremony.

The cost for the dinner is $25 per person. Proceeds for the evening go towards funding for The Stupa Project – the building of a spiritually vital Buddhist monument at Aryaloka in honor of Dhardo Rinpoche. (more…)

Buddha Day Celebration

Event Dates: Friday May 9, 2014 – Friday May 9, 2014

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BuddhaThe Buddha’s Enlightenment is the central event in Buddhism and we mark this event on Buddha Day (sometimes called Wesak), the most important festival in our calendar. Many of the Buddha’s disciples also attained Enlightenment, and in the centuries that have followed there have been many other Enlightened masters. They too are recalled at Buddha Day with readings of accounts of their lives or from works they wrote themselves. But Enlightenment is also an ideal to which all Buddhists aspire. So Buddha Day is a chance to reflect on what it might mean for individual Buddhists.

Led by: TBD
Times: TBD
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations gratefully accepted
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.