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,  October 17th, 24th, & 31st, November 7th, 21st, & 28th

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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…)

Aryaloka Arts Night

Event Dates: Sunday November 2, 2014 – Sunday November 2, 2014

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artsnight_smAn evening with the arts at Aryaloka, featuring Virginia Peck, a well-known artist who exhibited at the first Aryaloka Arts Night several years ago. This will be the artist’s reception for the exhibition “The Faces of the Buddha” on view at Aryaloka from September 23 through November 18. Besides a talk by Virginia Peck on her work and a chance to meet the artist and talk to her about her art, there will be poetry and music, as well as light refreshments. More information later as we firm up the other participants. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening with the Arts at Aryaloka.   (more…)

Sangha Day

Event Dates: Friday November 7, 2014 – Friday November 7, 2014

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Triratna Refuge Tree“The growth of the sangha should be expected… so long as they meet together frequently and in large numbers…”
~ The Buddha, Mahaparinibbana Sutta

On Friday, November 7th, the Aryaloka community will be joining together in celebration of Sangha. This special day of practice, discussion, and rejoicing will be co-led by Order members throughout the region, with support from kulas of Mitras and Friends. It promises to be an inspiring opportunity to experience the diversity and depth of our local sangha. (more…)

Sangha Celebration

Event Dates: Friday November 21, 2014 – Friday November 21, 2014

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2014 has been a year of change at Aryaloka. New leaders, new classes, new organizational structures, and much growth of the sangha. Join us for a celebration of the Aryaloka sangha, all the people- past and present – who have helped develop the thriving Center and vibrant sangha we have today.

The evening will begin at 6 PM with a delicious dinner cooked by our current Chair of the Board, Arjava. This will be followed by a brief history of Aryaloka, as told by Surakshita, a long-time Order member and one of the founding members of the earliest leadership Council. After that we will move to the shrine room to honor the contributions of many individuals and mark the changes in leadership that have recently occurred. The evening will conclude with a thanking of Dayalocana, our out-going Council Chair, for her many years of kind leadership.

Please RSVP by by 11/18 registering here or contacting to the Aryaloka office at info@aryaloka.org or 603-659-5456  to let us know if you can join us.


Led by: The Aryaloka A-Team, Board of Directors, and Spiritual Vitality Council
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page