Welcome to Aryaloka!

Aryaloka is a place dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhism. We are part of the Triratna Buddhist Community - an international network of public centers, communities and projects. Our mission is to create the best possible conditions in which to explore and practice the Buddhist path. We study and practice meditation and Buddhadharma in a spiritual community based on the ideals of compassion, generosity, and awareness.

Below you'll find information about featured and upcoming events, retreats, and news from our center. Hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Events at Aryaloka:

Vajra Bell – Spring/Summer 2017

Vajra Bell – Spring/Summer 2017

   In this issue

  • Waking up in Times of Stress
  • Practicing Loving Kindness as an Humanitarian
  • Pilgrimage to India
  • Triratna Celebrates 50 Years: ‘Working it Out as We Go,’
  • Interview with Dh. Viriyagita
  • Channeling Cassandra: Aryaloka Depends On Your Support
  • Generosity is an “Act of True Freedom”
  • Board of Directors Notes
  • Sangha notes from Portsmouth, Nagaloka, Concord, San Francisco, Missoula, and... Read more

Open Meditation Sessions

Open Meditation Sessions

Event Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 9:00 – 10:00 am


Are you looking for more opportunities to meditate with others or for help maintaining a regular meditation practice? Join us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings for open meditation sessions, followed by time for discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend. Some guidance will be provided for those new to meditation, but anyone ... Read more

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Autumn Series, Ethics in Everyday Life

Tuesday Friends’ Night: Autumn Series, Ethics in Everyday Life

Event Dates: Begins Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:15 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.

The 40-minute silent meditation in the main shrine room is typically not guided. (If you prefer to h... Read more

Shibui: Ink, Paper, Stone Exhibition

Shibui: Ink, Paper, Stone Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: October 15 – November 30. Opening reception October 15.


Coupling Rona Conti’s  elegant, graceful, sweep of black ink on absorbent pa... Read more

Sangha Retreat: Spiral and Mandala ~ Charting the Inner Way, a Retreat for the Northeast Triratna Sangha

Sangha Retreat: Spiral and Mandala ~ Charting the Inner Way, a Retreat for the Northeast Triratna Sangha

Event Dates: Friday, October 20, 2017 – Sunday, October 22, 2017


A sangha retreat, for friends, mitras and Order members across the region; this retreat will be suitable for people just getting their feet on a path and for people who’ve been walking for ages. The retreat aims to ‘inspire and guide’ through collective practice as a sangha.

Prior experience with meditation will be very helpful, though some of the meditations will be guided. The r... Read more

Children’s Sangha – Blue Job Hike

Children’s Sangha – Blue Job Hike

Event Dates: Saturday, October 28 (rain date October 29)


This month we will be taking a hike up Blue Job Mountain in Farmington / Rochester, NH. This event is by donation. However, it is important that you register so we know how many are coming and will wait for everyone at the parking area before heading up the trail. Information and directions to Blue Job here. For safety reasons, parents must remain with their children.

These gatherings are a... Read more

Aryaloka’s Annual Silent Auction

Aryaloka’s Annual Silent Auction

Event Dates: October 30th – November 4th


SEE BELOW FOR ITEMS THAT WILL BE UP FOR AUCTION. THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS MORE ITEMS COME IN!

This year’s auction will be an entirely silent auction. Stop by Aryaloka any time during the week to leave your bids on the items you’d like. The auction will conclude at lunch time on Sangha day, November 4. You do not need to be present at the conclusion of the auction to claim your item. We will notify you if y... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: November 3, December 15


 Join us 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 w... Read more

Sangha Day

Sangha Day

Event Dates: Saturday, November 4, 2017


Everyone is welcome to join this festive celebration of the local, international, historical, and archetypal spiritual communities! This year’s festival will focus on how we as Buddhists, individually and as a sangha, practice during times of chaos and uncertainty. The festival will begin with meditation and a seven-fold puja, followed by a pot luch lunch. After lunch Sunada will give a talk on the day’s theme, which will be follow... Read more

Write Here, Write Now

Write Here, Write Now

Event Date: Sunday November 5, 2017


Beginning and experienced writers are invited to join Barbara Steiner for a day-long creative writing workshop at Aryaloka Buddhist Center. Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, we’ll write in response to exercises (which you are free to ignore) designed to help us bypass our inner critic and write from what comes to us. We’ll be invited to share what we’ve written, and respond to each other’s pieces with wh... Read more

Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

Event Date: Sunday, November 5th


This workshop is an intensive introduction to the Metta Bhavana meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught.

Metta Bhavana (cultivation of loving kindness) is a method of working with our hearts and mind together, allowing us to enjoy greater positivity towards others and ourselves. With practice, Metta flowers into compassion and equanimity.

... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – Tuesday, November 14, 2017


This 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. The five precepts are ethical guidelines that bring about peace and harmony to the world.

This retreat is ideal f... Read more

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Event Dates: Wednesdays, November 15 – December 20, 2017


On these six Wednesday evenings we will learn traditional Buddhist meditations and explore basic Buddhist teachings.

The three basic meditation forms taught will include the Mindfulness of Breathing, the Metta Bhavana or development of loving-kindness meditation, and walking meditation. These forms have been found to be supportive and helpful to most everyone by helping us to foc... Read more

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Living With Mindfulness Introductory Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, November 17, 2017 – Sunday, November 19, 2017


What does it means to live mindfully? How do we bring more calm and inner clarity into our daily lives? How can we stay confident and purposeful when times get rough? This gentle introductory retreat is open to all, especially those with no prior experience with meditation or Buddhism.

We will explore the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness in a down-to-earth, practical way through meditation, discussi... Read more

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, December 1, 2017 – Sunday, December 3, 2017


For centuries the benefits of yoga and meditation have been well known. Both can help us to achieve better mind/body integration. This weekend retreat will combine periods of body movement, meditation, reflection, silence as well as good friendship. While some experience in yoga, meditation or both could be helpful, this retreat is suitable for participants at all levels. All you need is a bit of curiosity and a willingness to let go of the hectic world for a day or two.

Molly Schlan... Read more

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: December 15


 Join us 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 familia... Read more

Mandala Evening: Using the Dharma to Understand – and Overcome – Racial Bias in Ourselves and Our Communities

Mandala Evening: Using the Dharma to Understand – and Overcome – Racial Bias in Ourselves and Our Communities

Event Date: Tuesday, December 19, 6:45 – 9:15 pm

Once a quarter, the entire sangha will gather together at Aryaloka for an extra special, extra inspiring, community-building event. These Mandala Evenings are opportunities for all members of the sangha – Order members, Mitras, Friends – to gather together for collective practice, study, friendship, and rejoicing.

Mandala Evening will take place during Tuesday Friends Night. Check our website and Facebook for deta... Read more

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, March 16, 2018 – Sunday, March 18, 2018


You 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.

The three steps include checking in, noticing aspects of our experience, and bringing kindness to whatever arises. These... Read more