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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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.
See 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
In 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!
Event Dates: Every Friday Evening
Join 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.
Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.
Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend.
Upcoming puja evenings are: March 14, April 18, May 9 (Buddha Day Celebration), and June 13 (more…)
Event Dates: Tuesday March 11, 2014 – Tuesday March 11, 2014
Join 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. We’ll be having a potluck dinner beginning at 5:30, where we can share a yummy meal with each other, meet new friends, and catch up with old ones! So please bring a scrumptious dish to share with others…
Event Dates: Sunday March 30, 2014 – Sunday March 30, 2014
Join Aryaloka’s senior Dharma teachers for study of suttas, sutras, and stories from throughout the Buddhist tradition. This month’s study is entitled “Going Forth,” led by visiting teacher Nagabodhi.
Before gaining Enlightenment and becoming the Buddha, Siddhartha was just like one of us, a seeker after truth and freedom. So what was he like in those days? How did he appear to others? And why did a king offer to share his kingdom with him – just on catching a glimpse of him in the marketplace? With the help of a text from the Sutta Nipata, Nagabodhi will guide us towards an imaginative meeting with Siddhartha, the archetypal ‘spiritual seeker’.
Event Dates: Saturday April 5, 2014 – Saturday April 5, 2014
On Triratna Community Day we gather together to celebrate our local and worldwide sangha. We’ll share our experiences of friendship and There will be children’s events, a potluck meal, meditation, talks, and a puja.
Event Dates: Sunday April 6, 2014 – Sunday April 6, 2014
We are exceedingly lucky to have a group of musicians that love Aryaloka’s enthusiasm for music and great acoustics. Dh. Sravaniya, from our Boston sangha – a fine violinist, composer, and conductor – will be joined by Beth Welty on violin, Noralee Walker on viola, and Sandi- Jo Malmon on cello for a remarkable string quartet concert that you will not want to miss.
Event Dates: Saturday April 12, 2014 – Sunday April 13, 2014
Please join us for our spring work days on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th! 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!
Event Dates: Friday May 9, 2014 – Friday May 9, 2014
The Buddha’s Enlightenment is the central event in Buddhism and we mark this event on Buddha Day (sometimes called Wesak), the most important festival in our calendar. Many of the Buddha’s disciples also attained Enlightenment, and in the centuries that have followed there have been many other Enlightened masters. They too are recalled at Buddha Day with readings of accounts of their lives or from works they wrote themselves. But Enlightenment is also an ideal to which all Buddhists aspire. So Buddha Day is a chance to reflect on what it might mean for individual Buddhists.
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