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 July 10th & 24th


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…)

Mindfulness and Health

Event Dates: Saturday February 28, 2015
Register for this Event


mindfulnesshealth_smDr. 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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BAM: Buddhist Action Month

BAMBuddhist Action Month is June 2015.

Buddhists of many traditions will be engaging together in socially beneficial activities, rooted in Buddhist values. Throughout the month of June Aryaloka will be organizing a variety of ways for local sangha members to participate in BAM. Everyone is welcome to join all activities.

BAM Opening Ritual: Tuesday, June 2 at 7 PM during Friends Night, led by Lilasiddhi.

Living Simply in June: Give something, or a number of things, up for the month, e.g., coffees in cafés, chocolate, cinema, newspapers. Work out how much you save and give it away.

Amnesty International Letter Writing Night: Sunday, June 7 at 4 PM at Aryaloka.

Jenness Beach Cleanup with Blue Ocean Society: Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 PM. Meet at the beach.

Cape Neddick Beach Cleanup with Blue Ocean Society: Saturday, June 20, 10:00 AM. Meet at the beach.

BAM Closing Ritual: Tuesday, June 30 at 7PM at Friends Night, led by Lilasiddhi

Read more about Buddhist Action Month and what other Triratna Centers are doing here.

 

Dharma Text Illumination

Event Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015  1 – 3 pm


DharmaText_smReflect on your favorite Dharma verse through writing and illustration. Bring an inspiring passage from your favorite text or your favorite poem and spend the afternoon creating a decorated verse for your home shrine. We’ll provide the art materials, guidance, and examples, and have a few extra Dharma quotes on hand if you don’t have a favorite of your own. No previous experience or artistic expertise is required.

There is no fee for this event, but please register so that we know how many supplies to purchase. A $10 donation is recommended to cover the cost of art supplies.

This workshop will be facilitated by Shrijnana and Eric Ebbeson.

Led by: Shrijnana and Eric Ebbeson
Times: Sunday, July 5th 1 -3 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to All
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 entryway. 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.

Movie Night: Journey to the West

Event Dates: Saturday, July 11, 2015


JouneytowestimageAryaloka 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!

Journey to the West, July 11th

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) This film was originally scheduled to be shown on February 14, but was postponed due to snow.

Led by: Various
Times: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to All
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 entryway. 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.

Sangha Picnic

Event Dates: Sunday July 19, 2015 – Sunday July 19, 2015


Aryaloka PicnicCome join us for an afternoon in the sun. This year’s summer picnic will be a POTLUCK at Great Island Commons in Newcastle and we’ll be joined by sangha members from Portsmouth, Portland, Boston, and New York. Great Island Commons has several picnic areas, a large field for games, walks along the sea shore, a beach, a large playground, and spectacular views. Festivities will begin at 11AM  and continue through the afternoon. Bring your friends and family….. bring a frisbee … bring a kite …. bring a bathing suit and towel ….. bring plates and utensils… bring a vegetarian dish to share for the POT LUCK LUNCH. But most importantly, bring yourself! (more…)

Children’s Sangha

Event Date: Sunday, June 14th, July 25th, September 13th, and November 15th


childrens_sangha2_smThese 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.

Please sign up on line and call or email the office to let us know the age and number of children attending.

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Dharma Day Celebration

Event Dates: Friday, July 31, 2015


DharmaDay_smPlease join us as we celebrate the Buddha’s decision to teach the Dharma! We will listen to and consider a few verses in the Buddha’s words followed by an expression of devotion for the Buddha and the gift he has given us.

Sangharakshita explains the meaning of this festival in this excerpt from the talk The New Man Speaks given on Dhamma Day in 1971:

“On the occasion of Dhamma Day we do not celebrate the Dhamma in the sense of any particular rigid formulation of the Truth, any particular text or scripture – however useful, however ancient, or however inspiring.

“What we celebrate is the first impact of the Enlightened Man on the unenlightened, the first impact of the New Man on the old men. This impact finds expression in terms of speech, but it is not confined to speech. Today we are celebrating the impact of the New Man on the ‘old men’ and ‘old women’ of the present generation: upon ourselves.

“Life today is a complicated and sometimes difficult business. It is full of distractions – as though there are lots of clutching fingers trying to get at us, trying to take hold of us, all the time. Under such conditions it is only too easy to forget what is really the main purpose of human existence. It is only too easy to ignore, or forget, the possibility of developing oneself, of growing in the direction of Enlightenment. Occasions such as this festival help us to remember.”

Led by: TBA
Times: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations Appreciated
Level: Open to All
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 entryway. 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.

 

Young Person’s Sangha Hangout

Event Dates: Sunday, September 27, 2015 6-8pm


young_persons_smIf you’re a New England Triratna sangha member in your 20s and 30s (or thereabouts and young at heart) please join us for the third gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

These monthly gatherings are a great chance to get together with other young sangha members to hang out, get to know each other, and talk about various issues and topics. Come be a part of the creation of our fledgling gang of Dharma practitioners!

The Young Person’s Sangha meets on the fourth Sunday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Jul 26      Nagaloka Buddhist Center (Portland, ME)
Aug 23
     Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Oct 25
      Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Nov 22
      Nagaloka Buddhist Center (Portland, ME)
Dec 27
      Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Contact Rijupatha at rijupatha@gmail.com to make sure you’re on the mailing list for young folks and stay tuned.

Young members of all the regional sanghas – Portsmouth Buddhist Center, Nagaloka Buddhist Center, and Triratna Boston – are all heartily invited!

Led by: Dh. Rijupatha
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to All
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 entryway. 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.