Young Sangha

As Buddhists, our community connects us to one another as well as to the place called Aryaloka. Young Sangha is an opportunity for our children, beginning at the age of 5, to gather at Aryaloka on a regular basis in order to create a sense of connectedness with the Buddhist community of their parents and to the place and rituals of Aryaloka. During Young Sangha, children will participate in a variety of age appropriate activities that will:

  • Bring them together in companionship and friendship.
  • Introduce them to the practice of meditation that can serve as a source of strength, growth and comfort as they begin their own journey of self discovery.
  • Give them opportunities to learn and practice Buddhist values such as kindness, generosity, and truthfulness.
  • Connect them with the beauties of nature that surround the Aryaloka grounds.

Upcoming Young Sangha Events:

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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 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.

Sitting Down and Waking Up: Young Sangha Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, October 2, 2015– Sunday, October 4, 2015

SittingDown_smSign up now for our first Young Sangha retreat! This will be a great chance for Young Sangha members get to know each other much better and to spend the weekend practicing, meditating and exploring the Dharma together.

We’ll be working on meditation practice in this retreat – going more deeply into the foundational forms of meditation taught in our tradition, working with the Five Hindrances or obstacles in meditation, and learning what the relationship is between sitting practice and the arising of insight and wisdom. There will be opportunity to discuss how sitting down on the cushion helps us to wake up, and how we can make more room for practice on and off the cushion amidst the activity of our busy lives.

Also, be sure to bring your musical instruments or oddball talents for a Bonfire Social on Saturday evening, weather permitting!


Led by: Rijupatha
Times:  Fri 7:00 p.m. – Sun 12:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $240/200/160
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.