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: Ongoing, First Tuesday evening of each month
Join 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.|
|Fee:||Suggested donation $10|
|Level:||Open to All teens|
Event Dates: Fall 2016
Dh. Akashavanda loves playing with color and texture to translate traditional Buddhist images and symbols into a more contemporary rendering. This show will present a collection of art quilts that celebrate the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha through vibrant color and a bit of sparkle.
The dates and times of public viewing are: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 10/10/16 – 10/14/16 and 10/27/16 – 11/14/16
The artist’s reception is the afternoon of Saturday, November 5th time TBD; no registration, admission is free.
About the Artist – Dh. Akashavanda
After attending a practice day at Aryaloka in 2001, Akashavanda was delighted to have finally found her spiritual home. Akashavanda means “orchid in luminous space” – a name given to her by Dayalocana at her 2008 ordination in Spain. Her practice is inspired by the mystical, nondual Dzogchen teachings.
Akashavanda has two adult children, four adorable grandchildren, and lives in Eliot, Maine with her husband. Hopefully her last job before retirement is managing the commuteSMARTseacoast program, which encourages people to use sustainable transportation.
|Led by:||Dh. Akashavanda|
|Times:||On view: M-F 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 10/10/16 – 10/14/16 & 10/27/16 – 11/14/16 Reception: Saturday, 11/5/16 Time- TBD|
|Level:||Open to All|
Event Dates: Friday November 25, 2016
Skip the crowds at the mall and the chaos of the Black Friday sales. This year, Aryaloka will be opening its doors the day after Thanksgiving for a day of mindful peace and quiet. Join in on a light schedule of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma and poetry reading, mandala coloring, and mantra chanting. There will be plenty of free time to catch up with friends and a delicious pot luck lunch. The shrine and yoga rooms will be silent zones all day for personal and group meditations, space to reflect, or to simply sit and relax in peace and stillness. Drop in for an hour or the whole day. If you are here at lunch time, please bring a vegetarian dish to share. If you wish, you may bring a favorite Dharma passage or poem to share. No registration is required; there is no set fee for the day, but donations are appreciated
|Times:||Friday, November 25th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
|Level:||Open to All|