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
Register for this Event


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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Movie Night: Journey to the West

Event Dates: Saturday, July 11, 2015


JouneytowestimageAryaloka 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!

Journey to the West, July 11th

Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of the Buddhist monk Xuanzhang as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India. (PG-13, 2014) This film was originally scheduled to be shown on February 14, but was postponed due to snow.

Led by: Various
Times: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 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.

Sangha Picnic

Event Dates: Sunday July 19, 2015 – Sunday July 19, 2015


Aryaloka PicnicCome join us for an afternoon in the sun. This year’s summer picnic will be a POTLUCK at Great Island Commons in Newcastle and we’ll be joined by sangha members from Portsmouth, Portland, Boston, and New York. Great Island Commons has several picnic areas, a large field for games, walks along the sea shore, a beach, a large playground, and spectacular views. Festivities will begin at 11AM  and continue through the afternoon. Bring your friends and family….. bring a frisbee … bring a kite …. bring a bathing suit and towel ….. bring plates and utensils… bring a vegetarian dish to share for the POT LUCK LUNCH. But most importantly, bring yourself! (more…)

Children’s Sangha

Event Date: Sunday, June 14th, July 25th, September 13th, and November 15th


childrens_sangha2_smThese 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.

Please sign up on line and call or email the office to let us know the age and number of children attending.

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Aryaloka Artist Reception

Event Dates: Tuesday, July 28, 2015


11694865_10153404130760225_4809371876692156547_nWe currently have an exhibit of original art by members of the Aryaloka community. Next Tuesday, 7/28, there will be a reception from 6:00-6:45. Many of the artists will be there to talk about their work. Everyone is warmly invited to attend.

Come check out the exquisite art created by your fellow sangha members! This evening is sure to be an inspiring and colorful experience. There is pictures and paintings of Buddhas and flowers and other Buddhist inspired artworks.  This event will take place right before Tuesday Friends night and you are all most welcome to stay for Friends’ Night. 14379_10153404136205225_7718805873506580261_n

Led by: Arts Kula
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
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.

Dharma Day Celebration

Event Dates: Friday, July 31, 2015


DharmaDay_smPlease join us as we celebrate Dharma Day, one of several important Buddhist festivals throughout the year, marking our gratitude for the teachings of the Buddha!

The festival will begin with a short talk on the importance of Dharma Day, which honors the occasion of the Buddha’s first teaching of the Dharma. This will be followed by variety of readings from Buddhist texts and a special puja ceremony in the shrine room based on the Dhammapada.
Everyone is welcome to join the Aryaloka community and take part in this special celebration.

Led by: Vidhuma
Times: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 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.

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.

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.