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!

Teen Night

Event Dates: Ongoing, First Tuesday evening of each month

teen-night_smJoin Alisha Roberts for Teen Night at Friends Night on the first Tuesday Evening of every month. The teen group will meditate for 40 minutes then come together for discussion.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00 p.m., when we gather to meditate and explore aspects of Buddhism through workshops, talks, study, ritual, or discussion. The emphasis is on practical application of Buddhist principles in our own lives. Although there is no fee for this event, donations are appreciated.

Typically, our Tuesday night activities include:

• 6:45 – Tea and announcements

• 7:00 – Meditation

• 8:00 – Study, discussion, or talk on the evening’s topic

• 9:15 – End

Led by: Alisha Roberts
Times: 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested donation $10
Level: Open to All teens
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 entry way. 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.

Buddhist Action Month 2016

Event dates: June 2016

bodhisattva activity in the 21st century

BAMBuddhist Action Month (BAM) is a festival of Buddhist social action in many forms. It is an international festival, celebrated by may Triratna centers and other Buddhist groups, and it’s fueled by metta. Metta is the strong intention to create Loving Kindness for all, and it’s embodied in the desire to act for the benefit of the world. Practicing this is at the heart of everything we do in the Triratna Buddhist Community. Let’s turn that intention into action for BAMBuddhist Action Month ~ in June 2016.

Aryaloka will be sponsoring collective actions that everyone in the sangha can participate in, and encouraging individual actions that benefit the world. Triratna centers around the world, including Aryaloka, are posting their centers’ activities at the BAM page on The Buddhist Center Online. We’ll be collecting donatations for families in need and the NH prison sanghas all month, too.

Schedule of events

Opening Ritual ~ June 7, 7 pm

Dedicate your actions during BAM for the benefit of all beings. We’ll kick off our Buddhist Action Month with a short ritual at the beginning of Friends Night.

Vegan Pot Luck and Recipe share ~ June 7, 5:30 pm

Bring your favorite meat and dairy free dish and one print out of the recipe. No need to make copies of the recipe! Write it all on one page of paper and we can photograph it with our phones or cameras. We’ll also post pictures of the recipes on the bulletin board in the hall and various social media sites if you are unable to take your own pictures.

Beach Clean Up ~ June 11, 10:30 am, Jenness Beach, Rye, NH

Join your sangha friends and the Blue Ocean Society in cleaning up a portion of the seacoast. The Blue Ocean Society provides all the supplies; we just need to show up and join in. These beach clean ups are held rain or shine. If it is a nice day parking may be difficult so it’s advised to arrive early. Aryaloka is closed for a private function on June 11, so if you carpool to the beach, please do not use Aryaloka as a meeting spot.

Amnesty International letter writing ~ June 30, 12 – 2 pm

Write letters in support of prisoners of conscience worldwide. We’ll provide the information and materials. Feel free to bring food and eat lunch while you write your letters.

Special collections

End 68 Hours of Hunger: Non-perishable food for local families in need. End 68 Hours of Hunger provides food for children during school breaks for children whose main secure food source is their school breakfasts and lunch. These donations will go directly to families in Newmarket who struggle to provide adequate food during weekends and school vacations.

NH Prison sanghas: New or gently used Dharma books and magazines for NH inmate communities. The NH state prisons in Concord and Berlin have Buddhist communities who appreciate donations of Dharma books and magazines for their growing Buddhist libraries.

All donations can be placed in the labelled boxes in the Aryaloka entryway.

Check the bulletin board in the Aryaloka foyer for individual actions you can take during Buddhist Action Month, and beyond!