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.

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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!

New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing

Event Dates: Wednesday December 31, 2014 – Thursday January 1, 2015

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meditation-big-bell_300px_squareIf you’re looking for a different way to celebrate the new year on the last night of December, we hope you’ll consider ringing in 2015 at Aryaloka Buddhist Center. We will be hosting a special New Year’s Eve bell-ringing event in our shrine room starring our beautiful big gong which is brought out on special occasions.

All are most welcome to join us in the lounge at 10:45 p.m. on December 31 for tea and conversation. Then we’ll go upstairs to the shrine room and meditate until midnight. As the clock strikes midnight, the big gong will be rung 108 times to welcome in the new year.

After the last echo dies away, you are welcome to stay on for refreshments. May 2015 bring happiness to all beings!

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Meditate For Peace Day

Event Dates: Thursday January 1, 2015 – Thursday January 1, 2015

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Meditate for Peace DayPlease join us once again for the 2015 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. (more…)

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Cafe Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday January 6, 2015 – Tuesday January 6, 2015

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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. (more…)

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Dates: Friday nights,  January 9, 2015 –  March 6, 2015

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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. (more…)

Movie Night: Kundun

Event Dates: Saturday January 10, 2015 – Saturday January 10, 2015

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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!
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Kundun, January 10

The epic biographical film based on the life and writings of the 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet. (PG-13, 1997) (more…)

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Meditation Tune-Up Evening

Event Dates: Tuesday January 13, 2015 – Tuesday January 13, 2015

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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. (more…)

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday February 1, 2015 – Sunday February 1, 2015

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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…)

Movie Night: Journey to the West

Event Dates: Saturday February 14, 2015 – Saturday February 14, 2015

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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!

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Journey to the West, Feb 14

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) (more…)

Parinirvana Day

Event Dates: Sunday February 15, 2015 – Sunday February 15, 2015

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Parinirvana

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.

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Mindfulness and Health

Event Dates: Saturday February 28, 2015 – Saturday February 28, 2015

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Dr. 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: The Dhamma Brothers

Event Dates: Friday March 6, 2015 – Friday March 6, 2015

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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!

dhammabrothersThe Dhamma Brothers, March 6

An overcrowded, maximum security prison becomes the first prison in the United States to hold an extended vipassana retreat. The Dhamma Brothers follows the stories of several inmates who participate in this program. (Not Rated, 2007) (more…)

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday March 8, 2015 – Sunday March 8, 2015

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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…)

Movie Night: Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama

Event Dates: Saturday April 11, 2015 – Saturday April 11, 2015

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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!

10QDalailama10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, April 11

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…)

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday April 12, 2015 – Sunday April 12, 2015

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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…)

Movie Night: Samsara

Event Dates: Saturday May 9, 2015 – Saturday May 9, 2015

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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!

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…)

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday June 14, 2015 – Sunday June 14, 2015

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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…)