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: Every Friday Evening resuming  July 25th

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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.

Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Upcoming puja evenings are: April 18, May 9 (Buddha Day Celebration), and June 13

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Annual Sangha Picnic

Event Dates: Sunday July 20, 2014 – Sunday July 20, 2014

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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…)

Bodhisattvas at Play – Fall Work Weekend

Event Dates: Saturday October 25, 2014 – Sunday October 26, 2014

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workday_smPlease join us for our spring work days on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 25th! 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. We will be cleaning, tidying, working in the gardens and on the grounds – whatever needs doing to make the center shine! No experience necessary. (more…)

Sangha Day

Event Dates: Saturday November 8, 2014 – Saturday November 8, 2014

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Triratna Refuge Tree“The growth of the sangha should be expected… so long as they meet together frequently and in large numbers…”
~ The Buddha, Mahaparinibbana Sutta

On Saturday, November 23, the Aryaloka community will be joining together in celebration of Sangha. This special day of practice, discussion, and rejoicing will be co-led by Order members throughout the region, with support from kulas of Mitras and Friends. It promises to be an inspiring opportunity to experience the diversity and depth of our local sangha. (more…)