Tuesday Friends' Night - Summer Series

Free Event

Date: June 10, 2014

buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory classes.)

An option for a guided meditation is offered in the library, after which, you can join the rest of the group for the second half of the evening.

Tuesday Friends' Night - Summer Series

Free Event

Date: June 17, 2014

buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory classes.)

An option for a guided meditation is offered in the library, after which, you can join the rest of the group for the second half of the evening.

Tuesday Friends' Night - Summer Series

Free Event

Date: June 24, 2014

buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory classes.)

An option for a guided meditation is offered in the library, after which, you can join the rest of the group for the second half of the evening.

Tuesday Friends' Night - Summer Series

Free Event

Date: July 1, 2014

buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory classes.)

An option for a guided meditation is offered in the library, after which, you can join the rest of the group for the second half of the evening.

Tuesday Friends' Night - Summer Series

Free Event

Date: July 8, 2014

buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory classes.)

An option for a guided meditation is offered in the library, after which, you can join the rest of the group for the second half of the evening.

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Free Event

Date: July 13, 2014

drawing_group_smThis monthly informal drawing group grew out of a Drawing and Meditation Workshop and it’s a great way to meet up with other artistic spiritual friends.

Tuesday Friends' Night - Summer Series

Free Event

Date: July 15, 2014

buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory classes.)

An option for a guided meditation is offered in the library, after which, you can join the rest of the group for the second half of the evening.

Tuesday Friends' Night - Summer Series

Free Event

Date: July 22, 2014

buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory classes.)

An option for a guided meditation is offered in the library, after which, you can join the rest of the group for the second half of the evening.

Friday Practice Evenings

Free Event

Date: July 25, 2014

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.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Tuesday Friends' Night - Summer Series

Free Event

Date: July 29, 2014

buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory classes.)

An option for a guided meditation is offered in the library, after which, you can join the rest of the group for the second half of the evening.

Friday Practice Evenings

Free Event

Date: August 1, 2014

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.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Free Event

Date: August 3, 2014

drawing_group_smThis monthly informal drawing group grew out of a Drawing and Meditation Workshop and it’s a great way to meet up with other artistic spiritual friends.

Tuesday Friends' Night - Summer Series

Free Event

Date: August 5, 2014

buddha-rupa4_300px_squareFriends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00, 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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to have prior instruction, see the Programs section for more information on introductory classes.)

An option for a guided meditation is offered in the library, after which, you can join the rest of the group for the second half of the evening.

Wednesday Evenings in the Garden

Free Event

Date: August 6, 2014

Aryaloka TulipsHere’s an opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends, in the peaceful Aryaloka gardens. Every Wednesday evening during the summer we will be gathering to help beautify Aryaloka’s grounds, planting, weeding, and whatever light work is needed to keep the gardens fresh and flourishing. No gardening experience is necessary, just a willingness to help out.

Friday Practice Evenings

Free Event

Date: August 8, 2014

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.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Young Sangha Gathering

Free Event

Date: August 9, 2014

Young SanghaThese classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha's teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. Our first hour is for children ages up to 9. In each class there is a short talk, gentle meditation, and an arts and crafts activity related to a Buddhist theme. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed. The second hour is for ages 10 to 17. During this hour we will have gentle meditation and discussion on topics relevant to teens and how to live the practices in our lives.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Keeping it Real: Dealing with Difficult Emotions

Price: $50.00

Date: August 10, 2014

emotions_sm“Before Enlightenment, chop wood carry water, after Enlightenment, chop wood carry water.” (Zen saying)

In the “Keeping it Real: Practicing the Dharma off the Cushion” workshop series we will investigate how our everyday lives can express our Dharma practice. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic, and provide tools and guidance for navigating the trickier areas of our lives. Although each individual workshop will have a different format, they all will offer ample time for reflection and discussion of one’s own circumstances and experience.

Available Spaces: 11

Wednesday Evenings in the Garden

Free Event

Date: August 13, 2014

Aryaloka TulipsHere’s an opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends, in the peaceful Aryaloka gardens. Every Wednesday evening during the summer we will be gathering to help beautify Aryaloka’s grounds, planting, weeding, and whatever light work is needed to keep the gardens fresh and flourishing. No gardening experience is necessary, just a willingness to help out.

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Price: $160.00

Date: August 14, 2014

noble-silenceOn this weekend retreat we will be exploring the practice of Noble Silence – stillness of body, speech, and mind – and learning how to bring stillness into our daily lives. If you are considering attending a longer, multi-day Noble Silence retreat, this event would be an excellent introduction. It will give you an idea of what to expect on the longer retreat and also what you may encounter as you go deeper within your practice.

This retreat will be led by Bodhana, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order who has led several Noble Silence retreats at Aryaloka. Simple vegetarian food will be served.

Available Spaces: 8

Friday Practice Evenings

Free Event

Date: August 15, 2014

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.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Wednesday Evenings in the Garden

Free Event

Date: August 20, 2014

Aryaloka TulipsHere’s an opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends, in the peaceful Aryaloka gardens. Every Wednesday evening during the summer we will be gathering to help beautify Aryaloka’s grounds, planting, weeding, and whatever light work is needed to keep the gardens fresh and flourishing. No gardening experience is necessary, just a willingness to help out.

Friday Practice Evenings

Free Event

Date: August 22, 2014

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.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Kado – The Way of Flowers

Price: $63.00

Date: August 23, 2014

kado2_smIkebana (living flower) has its origins in the 7th century when the practice of Buddhism traveled from China and Korea and arrived in Japan. A flower offering was always placed on the altar in front of Buddha. In this ancient discipline, a simple seasonal floral arrangement reinforced the connection that mankind has with nature, offering the arranger a way – kado – of expressing himself and awakening his spirit in connection with the natural world. Ikebanists arrange flowers with special regard to balance, harmony, and form. The arranger and the flower arrangement, ikebana, express the harmonious balance that should exist between humans and the universe. When we arrange our ikebana we forget ourselves and allow our ki to merge with the plant materials we are using. This workshop will include instruction on two different seasonal ikebana arrangements.

Available Spaces: 20

Wednesday Evenings in the Garden

Free Event

Date: August 27, 2014

Aryaloka TulipsHere’s an opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends, in the peaceful Aryaloka gardens. Every Wednesday evening during the summer we will be gathering to help beautify Aryaloka’s grounds, planting, weeding, and whatever light work is needed to keep the gardens fresh and flourishing. No gardening experience is necessary, just a willingness to help out.

Friday Practice Evenings

Free Event

Date: August 29, 2014

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.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

2014 Men's Going for Refuge Retreat

Price: $288.00

Date: September 5, 2014

GFRmen_smDear friends, we are looking forward to your attendance at the upcoming 2014 Men's Going for Refuge Retreat.  The retreat will start with an evening meal on Friday, September 6th and end at lunchtime on September 15th.

Retreat progam:

More information on the retreat program, including preparatory study and practice, will be sent along to individuals in the ordination process soon via email.

2014 Preceptors Retreat

Free Event

Date: September 14, 2014

Triratna logoMore details to come soon for this event...

2014 North American Order Convention

Price: $128.00

Date: September 17, 2014

NAOrder_smOur far-flung Order sangha will soon convene in large numbers, at the Convention for the Triratna Order in the US and Canada. We hope that you will be able to attend.

2014 Women's Going for Refuge Retreat

Price: $384.00

Date: September 23, 2014

GFRwomen_smThe Centrality of Going for Refuge

On this retreat we will be exploring the meaning and purpose of Going for Refuge and why it is central in our spiritual lives. We will do this through talks, study, discussion, meditation and devotion.

Young Sangha Gathering

Free Event

Date: October 19, 2014

Young SanghaThese classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha's teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. Our first hour is for children ages up to 9. In each class there is a short talk, gentle meditation, and an arts and crafts activity related to a Buddhist theme. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed. The second hour is for ages 10 to 17. During this hour we will have gentle meditation and discussion on topics relevant to teens and how to live the practices in our lives.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Meditation Tune Up: Moving into the Dhyanas

Price: $50.00

Date: October 19, 2014

dhyanas_smDo you ever wonder if there is more to meditation practice than you are experiencing? When practicing the Mindfulness of Breathing, do you sometimes wonder what to do after you get to 10? Does your mind wander more than you’d like? Is metta sometimes hard to cultivate?

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Bodhisattvas at Play – Fall Work Weekend

Free Event

Date: October 25, 2014

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.

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Price: $145.00

Date: October 31, 2014

mindful_eating2_smYou can bring the power of mindfulness into your life by engaging in the practice of mindful eating. To transform your mind, health, and life, learn how to use three steps with food and the act of eating, using 2500-year-old wisdom from the Buddhist tradition.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sangha Day

Free Event

Date: November 8, 2014

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.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Price: $240.00

Date: November 11, 2014

noble_silence3_smThis intensive retreat creates an atmosphere conducive to extended meditation with the fewest external distractions. Retreat participants will have no responsibilities during their time here so they can focus completely on their meditation practice. An emphasis on the collective aspect of practice using the five precepts is woven into the fabric of this retreat.

Available Spaces: 12

Exploring Mindfulness: The joy of bringing awareness into our daily lives

Price: $85.00

Date: November 22, 2014

exploring_mindfulness_smAre you ready to take your mindfulness to a deeper level? Treat yourself to a relaxing and spacious day of mindfulness practice, including meditation, activities, noble silence, gentle yoga, and small group discussion. This mini-retreat will offer you practical ways to apply mindfulness in your relationships, communication, and work. Led by Akashavanda and Tom Gaillard.

Available Spaces: 25

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Free Event

Date: November 23, 2014

drawing_group_smThis monthly informal drawing group grew out of a Drawing and Meditation Workshop and it’s a great way to meet up with other artistic spiritual friends.

Keeping it Real: Spiritual Friendship

Price: $30.00

Date: December 13, 2014

Men's DayThe Dharma off the Cushion" workshop series we will investigate how our everyday lives can express our Dharma practice. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic, and provide tools and guidance for navigating the trickier areas of our lives. Although each individual workshop will have a different format, they all will offer ample time for reflection and discussion of one's own circumstances and experience.

Available Spaces: 20

Young Sangha Gathering

Free Event

Date: December 14, 2014

Young SanghaThese classes offer a simple introduction to Buddha's teachings by emphasizing kindness and respect for others. Our first hour is for children ages up to 9. In each class there is a short talk, gentle meditation, and an arts and crafts activity related to a Buddhist theme. Older children are encouraged to come and help with the arts and crafts program. Parents must remain on premises and parents of very young children are asked to stay with their child to assist them if needed. The second hour is for ages 10 to 17. During this hour we will have gentle meditation and discussion on topics relevant to teens and how to live the practices in our lives.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Aryaloka Drawing Group

Free Event

Date: December 21, 2014

drawing_group_smThis monthly informal drawing group grew out of a Drawing and Meditation Workshop and it’s a great way to meet up with other artistic spiritual friends.