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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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.

Dharma Day Celebration

Event Date: Sunday, July 9, 2017


DharmaDay_smPlease join us as we celebrate Dharma Day, one of several important Buddhist festivals throughout the year, marking our gratitude for the teachings of the Buddha!

Our plans for the afternoon:

12:00 Set up and enjoy a Potluck Lunch.  Please bring a favorite dish to share. After clean up….

1:15 – Dhammapada Puja

2:00 – Break

2:15 – Hearing the Dharma. Order Members and Sangha are encouraged to bring favorite Dharma passages to share with the group.

2:45 – Reflecting on the Dharma

3:15 – Meditating on the Dharma

3:45 – Conclusion and Clean Up

The “Art from the Order” exhibition will be on display in our gallery. Please take some time to appreciate the creative expression of our Order Members. Visit the Stupa, walk through the gardens, or follow the trails by the river.

Everyone is welcome to join with the Aryaloka community and take part in this special celebration.

Led by: Satyadaya and Khemavassika
Times: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 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.

It’s free, it’s fun, it’s a Kula Fair!

Event date: Tuesday, November 14th, 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm


Kula: “A community of the heart; a group of people who come together for a shared purpose.”

Aryaloka is more than its buildings and grounds, more than its classes and retreats. At the heart of Aryaloka is a community of people with a shared love of the Dharma and deep friendships with one another. Within the Aryaloka community are many kulas: groups of volunteers gathered around a common goal to help keep Aryaloka running. Joining a volunteer kula is a great way to create friendships, gain a sense of satisfaction, and contribute to Aryaloka.

We have about 10 active kulas at Aryaloka, and many of them are seeking new volunteers to join them. On Tuesday, November 14, representatives from these kulas will be sharing information about their kula at our first ever Kula Fair.  Do you have a green thumb? The Garden kula could use your help! Excellent grammar and an eye for details? Help copy edit the Vajra Bell! Not sure what you have to offer, except a willingness to help out? Come along to the kula fair and you are sure to find your niche!

The Kula Fair will run from 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm on Tuesday November 14. Delicious treats will be provided, so if you’re coming straight from work you can grab a snack while you’re learning about kulas and stay for Friends Night. If you can provide a vegetarian treat, contact Shrijnana at info@aryaloka.org.

Bodhisattvas at Play: Autumn Work Day

Event date: Saturday, November 25th, 9 am to 4 pm


Please join us for our autumn work day! 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. The goal and focus of this work day is readying the center for the winter.

You can come for a few hours or the whole day – whatever is convenient for you. Every bit of effort is a great help. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Friends and family welcome!

Led by: Facilities kula
Times: Saturday, 9am-4pm
Fees: Donations gratefully accepted

Mandala Evening: Using the Dharma to Understand – and Overcome – Racial Bias in Ourselves and Our Communities

Event Date: Tuesday, December 19, 6:45 – 9:15 pm

Once a quarter, the entire sangha will gather together at Aryaloka for an extra special, extra inspiring, community-building event. These BuddhasMandala Evenings are opportunities for all members of the sangha – Order members, Mitras, Friends – to gather together for collective practice, study, friendship, and rejoicing.

Mandala Evening will take place during Tuesday Friends Night. Check our website and Facebook for details about each Mandala Evening’s program.

Mandala Evening: Using the Dharma to Understand – and Overcome – Racial Bias in Ourselves and Our Communities

December 19; 6:45 – 9:15 pm

Join us for an exploration and discussion about racial bias and Dharma. We’ll investigate what implicit racial bias is, how its development can be understood through the Buddha’s teaching of conditionality, and how the practice of mindfulness can help disrupt the mechanisms that maintain bias.

The evening will feature a talk by Viveka, Mindfulness and the Creative Disruption of Bias. A member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, meditation teacher, and social justice advocate, Viveka is the Emeritus Chairwoman of the San Francisco Buddhist Center and a core coach at Coaching for Justice in Oakland, CA.

After Viveka’s talk, a conversation cafe will give us opportunity to further explore the issues of racial biases and how to use the Dharma to free ourselves of them.

About Mandala evening: Once a quarter, the entire sangha will gather together at Aryaloka for an extra special event, such as a talk by your favorite Order member or a meditation workshop by a visiting teacher. These Mandala Evenings are opportunities for all members of the sangha – Order members, Mitras, Friends – to gather together for collective practice, study, friendship, and rejoicing.

Mandala Evening will take place during Tuesday Friends Night. Check our website and Facebook for details about each Mandala Evening’s program.

 

Meditate For Peace Day

Event Dates: Monday, January 1, 2018


meditate-peace_smPlease join us once again for the 2018 Meditate for Peace Day. This will be our twelfth annual meditation day at the dawn of the New Year. Join us in the spirit of peace and loving-kindness for the benefit of all beings.

Beginning at 7 a.m., meditation sessions will start every hour on the hour with guided sessions at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. for those new to meditation. There will be a lunch break from 12 to 1 p.m. and light refreshments will be offered throughout the day.

Come for one hour, several hours, or the whole day and begin your New Year with some deep reflection and positive energy to support the peace and well-being of all. Donations will be gratefully appreciated.

 

Led by: Various
Times: Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations gratefully accepted
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.