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: Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, May 3rd, and June 7th


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.

Visions of Impermanence: Art Exhibit

Event Dates: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – Thursday, May 26 2016


Green TaraThis spring Aryaloka has the Visions of Impermanence Art Exhibit on view featuring the art of Tom Gaillard and Deb Howard.

The art exhibit is on view in the yoga room from Tuesday, April 19th – Thursday, May 26th,  Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Yellow Buddha

Tom Gaillard and Deb Howard have deeply reflected on the nature of impermanence and translated their perception into artistic expression. This art exhibit will give you an appreciation of the impertinent fleeting beauty of life.

To learn more view Tom Gaillard’s and Deb Howard’s artist statements in PDF format below.

Artists Statement_Gaillard   &   Artist Statement_Howard

Led by: Tom Gaillard and Deb Howard
Times:  Exhibit on view: Tuesday, April 19th – Thursday, May 26th M-F 11:00 a.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.

Silent Auction and Fundraising Dinner

Event Dates: Friday, May 6, 2016


Update: View silent auction items here.

auction_smThe 2016 Aryaloka Fundraising Auction and Dinner will be held on Friday, May 6th. The evening will begin with a silent auction from 5 -6 pm, and be followed by a dinner lovingly prepared by Arjava’s and crew.

Previous years’ items have included original art work, gift certificates to local restaurants and spas, rupas and other Buddhist ritual items, fine jewelry, and services by local sangha members. Many items will be available for bidding several days in advance. You do not need to be present at the dinner to place a bid.

We expect the dinner to sell out, so advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. You may purchase tickets online, in the office during regular business hours, or at any classes during March and April. Tickets cost $20/person, or $35 per duo. Tickets for children 6 – 12 are $10; children 5 and under may attend for free.
You can help make this event a success!
Donations, donations, donations! We’re looking for unique, new items as well as personal services. Be creative! Past donations have included handmade jewelry and scarves, dinner for 6 in the donor’s home, sailing lessons, massage, personal decluttering, etc…
Bring people! The auction is an enjoyable and fun way to support Aryaloka. Dinner is certain to be delicious, so bring your family and friends.
How to donate to the auction:
Items and objects can be brought to the office. Please label each one with your name, phone, and email, a brief description of the item, and approximate dollar value. Forms are available on the auction display table in the lounge.
Services (e.g., trip to a museum, dog sitting) should be emailed or called into the office, info@aryaloka.org, 603-659-5456. Again, please give your name and contact information, a brief description of the item and approximate value.
Local retailers: We really like donations from area merchants. Please consider asking for a donation or gift certificate from a business you frequent (e.g., your favorite coffee shop, bookstore, yoga studio). Aryaloka provides great community service through our meditation classes, retreats, and outreach programs. A special thank you to those who will help in this way!
Please remember, the fundraising auction is an important source of funds for needed capital improvements to our beautiful buildings.

Led by: Various
Times: Friday, May 6th, Silent auction from 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Tickets cost $20/person, or $35 per duo. Tickets for children 6 – 12 are $10; children 5 and under may attend for free.
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.

Buddha Day Celebration

Event Dates: Friday, May 20, 2016


Buddhas“How long he sat there we do not know,” wrote Sangharakshita. “It may have been days; it may have been weeks; it may even have been months. As he sat there he controlled and concentrated his mind, purified his mind, suppressed the mental hindrances, the defilements. And on Wesak night, the night of the full moon in May, just as the morning star was rising ~ just as he fixed his mind on that star glittering near the horizon ~ full illumination, full Enlightenment, arose.”

Come celebrate with us the historical and spiritually magnificent day of the Buddha’s Enlightenment . The aspiration for this celebration is that together we will create ~ through shared readings, short talks, silent reflections, and written experiential exercise ~ a very intimate experience of the Buddha. We will more than celebrate the Buddha, but actually move forward into a deeper understanding and relationship with him and the vibrant experience of his Enlightenment.

More details on the day coming soon!

Led by: Dh. Satyada & Dh. Amala
Times: Friday, May 20th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations welcome
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.