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.

The Stitch-fold Path: Coloring the Buddha Quilt Show

Event Dates: Fall 2016


11694865_10153404130760225_4809371876692156547_nDh. 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
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations welcome
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
Aryaloka has collection boxes in the entryway for local charities. Aryaloka is currently collecting for the Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth. Safe Harbor provides support and resources for anyone affected by alcohol and drug addiction. Safe Harbor needs cleaning products, office supplies, and personal care items. We are also collecting non-perishable food for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Please feel free to bring a donation for these charities when you arrive. 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.

A Day of Simplicity and Community Pot Luck

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

Led by: Shrijnana
Times: Friday, November 25th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 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 for the Newmarket Food Pantry and personal care/cleaning products for Safe Harbor Recovery Center. 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.