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 July 10th & 24th


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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Meditation and Puja for Sangharakshita’s 90th Birthday

Event Dates: Wednesday, August 26, 2015


bhante-shrine_300px_squareUrgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community, celebrates his 90th birthday this month. Join Dharmachari Satyada in a meditation and puja on this auspicious occasion. The quiet celebration will begin with a meditation at 7 pm, followed by a seven-fold puja. There is no charge or registration necessary, just stop by for an opportunity to practice with others and send well-wishing to Sangharakshita as he enters his 91st year. Any donations collected will be sent to the Sangharakshita@90 appeal raising funds to publish his collected works.

For more about Urgyen Sangharakshita and his works, visit his web page at http://www.sangharakshita.org/index.php

Led by: Dh. Satyada
Times: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations welcome
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.

Meet the Aryaloka President

Event Dates: Thursday, September 10, 2015


Nagabodhi, public preceptorWant to meet Dh. Nagabodhi, the Aryaloka President? Join us on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00 p.m. for a gathering to meet the president and to share a delicious pot luck meal and discussion! Bring your curiosity to the discussion and vegetarian dish to share. Nagabodhi is a senior Order member living in the United Kingdom. He visits Aryaloka annually and is especially skilled in leading study on this important text. Nagabodhi has much insight to share into Aryaloka and the dharma. The evening is sure to be a delight from start to finish.

Led by: Dh. Nagabodhi
Times: 6:00 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.

Autumn Open House

Event date: Saturday, September 19, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Visit Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket, NH during our Open House on September 19!buddhaatwindow

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about our Buddhist Center and to get a formal introduction, this is an excellent opportunity. So, stop by any time between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and experience the tranquility and beauty of Aryaloka – a place of deep harmony and inspiration.

Take a tour of buildings and gardens, attend a 20-minute informational session to learn about Aryaloka, the Triratna Buddhist Community, and the events in our program – which include meditation, study, yoga, and arts. If you are interested in trying meditation, this is your chance to join an instructor for a half-hour introduction to our fundamental meditation practices.

We promise refreshments, interesting people, and a peaceful place – available for your enjoyment all day! Click here for directions to the center at 14 Heartwood Circle, Newmarket, NH.

Tours available: 10:30 am to 2 pm
Information Sessions begin at: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.
Meditation Sessions begin at: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Movie Night: The Burmese Harp

Event Dates: Saturday, September 19, 2015


BurmeseHarp_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 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

The Burmese Harp, Sept. 19th 

Set in Japan in the final days of World War II, a private, thought to be dead, disguises himself as a Buddhist monk and stumbles upon spiritual enlightenment. Magnificently shot in hushed black and white, Kon Ichikawa’s The Burmese Harp is an eloquent meditation on beauty coexisting with death and remains one of Japanese cinema’s most overwhelming antiwar statements. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1957 Academy Awards. (1956; Unrated)

Click here for more info about the film.

Led by: Various
Times: 6:00 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.

Women’s Practice Day

Event Dates: Sunday, September 20, 2015


womens_day_smWomen’s Practice Day at Aryaloka makes it return!

Please join us on Sunday, September 20th for a Women’s Practice Day open to all women of any experience level. We will have a full day devoted to the Brahma Viharas, a meditation practice that
helps us build positive emotion. The day will begin with an introduction to the four stages of the
Brahma Viharas – loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. There will be some teaching and discussion, but the majority of the day will be spent in the shrine room as we build together a sublime abode of practice.

Please bring a dish to share for a pot luck lunch.

Led by: Dh. Khemavassika
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $75/65/55
Level: Open to All Women
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.

A Year of Silence

Event Dates: Sunday, September 20, 2015


departingKiranada has been in a small hut on a windy precipice overlooking a valley in the Coromandel Wilderness of New Zealand for a year. She sat in silence, alone and seeing no one. She is home now, has found her voice and is willing to share some of her experience of a year in solitude on a Buddhist retreat. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck.

You won’t want to miss this special gathering to learn about Kiranada’s extraordinary  experience. If you ever wanted to learn more about silent meditation practice here is your chance to learn about the ultimate silent meditation retreat.  This gathering will be filled with inspiring and practical information about solitude in Buddhist practice.

Led by: Dh. Kiranada
Times: Pot luck at 5:00 p.m., talk at
​6:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations welcome
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

Event Dates: Sunday, September 27, 2015 6-8pm


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!

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 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Jul 26      Nagaloka Buddhist Center (Portland, ME)
Aug 23
     Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Oct 25
      Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Nov 22
      Nagaloka Buddhist Center (Portland, ME)
Dec 27
      Portsmouth Buddhist Center

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: Dh. 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: The Jew in the Lotus

Event Dates: Saturday, October 10, 2015


JewLotus_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 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Movie Night: The Jew in the Lotus, Oct. 10th

Having witnessed the systematic oppression and persecution of his people since his exile in 1959, the Dalai Lama man invited eight Jewish leaders to share the secret of spiritual survival in exile. When writer Rodger Kamenetz goes along to chronicle the event, we are reminded that the lessons of spiritual survival apply as much to a troubled individual as they do to a troubled nation. (1998; Unrated)

Click here for more info about the film.

Led by: Various
Times: 6:00 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.

 

Bodhisattvas at Play: Autumn Work Days

Event dates: Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18


workday_smPlease join us for our autumn work days on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th! 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.

 

You can come for a whole day or however long is convenient for you – every bit of effort is a great help! Lunch and snacks will be provided. Friends and family welcome!

Led by: Facilities kula
Times: Saturday, 9am-4pm & Sunday, 9am-2pm
Fees: Donations gratefully accepted

Movie Night: Himalaya

Event Dates: Friday, November 20, 2015


himalaya_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 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Himalaya, Nov. 20th 

Filmed over seven months in the forbidden Dolpo region of Nepal, Himalaya tells the story of a generational struggle for the leadership of a tiny mountain village. A visually striking and spiritually captivating portrait of life in one of the world’s most extraordinary places, Himalaya is both intense drama and a gorgeous tapestry of the fast disappearing traditions of Tibetan life. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2000 Academy Awards (1999; Unrated)

Click here for more info about the film.

Led by: Various
Times: 6:00 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.

After the First Bite Professional Mindful Eating Training

Event Dates: Sunday, November 29, 2015 – Sunday, December 6, 2015


$900 all inclusive if registered by September 15th, $1050 after September 15th.

mindfuleating_smThis 7-day, supervised training is for any healthcare or social service professional who would like to receive additional training in mindful eating. The training offers over 100 hours of supported education to guide professionals to effectively teach mindful eating. Participants need to have previously attended a Mindful Eating weekend retreat. (offered 1-2 times per year at Aryaloka Buddhist Center).

About the training: from Sunday evening through Friday morning participants will deepen their understanding of the main points of mindful eating as well as principles of facilitation and communication. The participants will then deliver the Mindful Eating Retreat the next weekend with supervision from Amala and Megrette. See the description of the weekend retreat HERE

Key Points covered will include:

Mindful Eating Learning Goals

What are Non-judgment and shame?

How to teach basic nutrition while introducing the concept of mindful eating?

Why and How to meditate?

What is self-kindness (metta)?

How to notice direct sensory experience while eating?

How to identify and let go of thought experience?

How to identify and let go of emotional triggering experiences?

Three obstacles – Craving, Self-destructive Behaviors, Ignorance

Three tools – Mindful Awareness, Kindness, Knowledge of Direct Experience
What is a “Practice”?

The Professional Training in mindful eating is led by Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed, RD, CDE, co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating, internationally recognized author and trainer, and registered dietitian and Diabetes Educator and Dharmacharini Amala, Chair of Aryaloka Buddhist Center, respected teacher and facilitator in meditation and Buddhist topics, and co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating.

For complete Training details click HERE

Led by: Megrette Fletcher & Dh. Amala
Times: Sunday Nov. 29th, 6:00 p.m. – Sunday Dec. 6th, 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: $900 all inclusive if registered by September 15th, $1050 after September 15th.
Level: Open to All who have been on our Mindful eating Retreats
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.

Movie Night: Why has Bodhidharma Left for the East? A Zen Fable

Event Dates: Friday, December 18, 2015


Bodhidharma_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 6 pm and include time for discussion afterwards. There is no registration for movie night; just stop by and enjoy the film!

Why has Bodhidharma Left for the East? A Zen Fable, Dec. 18th

A meditative film dealing with Zen Buddhist views on life, Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? follows the lives of three Buddhist monks: a child, an adult, and an old man. This magnificent film is not only a cinematic gem, but an evocative meditation on the cyclical nature of existence. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? does not seek to explain the tenets of Zen Buddhism so much as illuminate the mysteries of life that lie behind them. (1989; Unrated)

Click here for more info about the film.

Led by: Various
Times: 6:00 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.

Silence and Stillness- A One Day Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Saturday, January 24, 2016


noble_silence3_smCome and experience a day of quiet meditation on a long winter’s day. The Silence and Stillness retreat is a one day retreat dedicated to building a meditation practice. We will provide the time and space for growing a meaningful personal practice. This retreat is suitable for all levels, although most beneficial for anyone who has taken an Introduction to Meditation class. After the introductory portion of the day, we will be in silence, with light instruction, until the concluding discussion at the end of the day. There will be opportunities for individual meditation review meetings in the afternoon. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Led by: Dh. Khemavassika & Dh. Viriyagita
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $125/110/95
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.