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.

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.

Friday Practice Evenings

Free Event

Date: October 17, 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: Autumn Series

Free Event

Date: October 21, 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: October 24, 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: Autumn Series

Free Event

Date: October 28, 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.

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

Friday Practice Evenings

Free Event

Date: October 31, 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

Men’s Practice Day: Contemplating the Self

Price: $50.00

Date: November 2, 2014

mensday_smMen’s practice days are an excellent chance every few months for the men’s sangha to come together in the context of practice.

For this session, we’ll be continuing our exploration of the Triratna System of Practice by looking at how we define the “self”.  Looking closely at the world demonstrates that nothing is fixed or permanent - all is in flow and interdependent. By changing our view of self we discover something transcendent.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Tuesday Friends' Night: Autumn Series

Free Event

Date: November 4, 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.

Sangha Day

Free Event

Date: November 7, 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 Friday, November 7th, 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

Buddhas in the Air

Price: $30.00

Date: November 9, 2014

BuddhasIn this workshop we will do the joyful practice of chanting together. No prior experience or skill is required, only a willingness to let air and energy flow through you in the name of the Buddhas. We will do some meditation together, some physical movement and warm-ups, and plenty of chanting.

We will use the names of Buddhas and special 'seed syllable' sounds to connect to enlightened qualities such as fearlessness or balanced focus. We will also learn some longer traditional verses that describe the Three Jewels of Buddhism - the Ti Ratana Vandana, or Verses to the Three Jewels.

Chanting is a kind of yoga, a unifying practice that brings our whole being together. It is healing, energizing, meaningful, and fun! Take a break from study or too much effort in the mind; come and chant!

Led by Amala, a long time practitioner who simply enjoys using voice as practice and as offering.

Led by: Amala
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $50/40/30
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.

Available Spaces: 16

Tuesday Friends' Night: Autumn Series

Free Event

Date: November 18, 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: November 21, 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

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: 24

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.

Introduction to Meditation Workshop - Metta

Price: $30.00

Date: November 23, 2014

MeditationThis workshop is an intensive introduction to the Metta Bhavana (Loving-kindness) meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Tuesday Friends' Night: Autumn Series

Free Event

Date: November 25, 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: November 28, 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: Autumn Series

Free Event

Date: December 2, 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.

Order/Mitra Day

Free Event

Date: December 6, 2014

Spiritual Friends Join Khemavassika, Narottama, and Viriyagita and the rest of the Order/Mitra sangha for a day of practice, friendship, and study. The theme of the day is mudita and its role in furthering spiritual development.  This will be done through shrine room activities as well as interactive discussions. Please bring a donation for the pot luck lunch and for the dana bowl to help cover the costs of the day.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Tuesday Friends' Night: Autumn Series

Free Event

Date: December 9, 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.

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: 19

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

Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Vimalakirti Nirdesa

Price: $30.00

Date: December 20, 2014

Taking Your Meditation to the Next LevelThe Vimalakirti Nirdesa- also called the "inconceivable Emancipation"- is a Buddhist text which tests the boundaries of what we call Reality via its protagonist Vimalakirti, an advanced bodhisattva. Highly insightful, and often humorous, it takes us on a mind-bending magical journey.

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.

Introduction to Meditation Workshop - Mindfulness of Breathing

Price: $50.00

Date: December 21, 2014

MeditationThis workshop is an intensive introduction to the Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Winter Meditation Retreat

Price: $200.00

Date: December 26, 2014

nordic2_smTis the season to be still! Tis the season to reflect!

As we enter the depths of winter we will use the opportunity of this end of year retreat to do two things: We will simply enjoy days of shared stillness, deep silence and meditation, and we will quietly reap the benefits this will inevitably bring.

Available Spaces: 23

Kalyana Mitrata: A Retreat for the Portland, Boston, and NYC sanghas

Price: $180.00

Date: January 16, 2015

As the Buddha explained to Ananda spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life. We will explore through talks, study, discussion Photo credit: j / f / photosand small groups how friendship impacts our practice and how it relates to our everyday lives. We will connect with each other through meditation, open discussion, and devotional practice. And of course, as always, we will practice together in the spirit of sangha with friendship as the main focus.

Led by: Sunada, Sravaniya, Vajramati, Padmadharini and Dharmasuri
Times: 1/16 at 7:00 pm - 1/19 at 1 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $260/220/180
Level: Experienced
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.

Available Spaces: 25