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: Fall 2019

Vajra Bell: Fall 2019

Community, Practice, Ritual and Creativity

A close look at what’s happening at three US sanghas: Aryaloka, San Francisco and Rocky Mountain Buddhist centers

  • ‘Cultivating the Riches of Less’
  • ‘Unearthing the Buddha’ at Aryaloka
  • 5 Buddha Mandala to Protect and Celebrate Dharmadhara
  • Drop the Story: Turn attention away from resisting pain
  • Acting as if: Training to be of benefit to others
  • Sangha Connections in US and Canada
  • Book Reviews

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A Path of Awakening | an Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation

A Path of Awakening | an Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation

Event Date/Time: September 21, 10am – 4pm


How do we practice Buddhism in the modern world? After 2500 years, the Buddha’s teaching is still relevant, radical, practical and fresh. This day workshop will give participants an introduction to the life and teachings of the Buddha, and all they need to begin their own practice! Basic meditation instruction will be given as well as an introduction to Buddhist ethics and wi... Read more

Vegetarian Cooking Series | Vegetarian Basics

Vegetarian Cooking Series | Vegetarian Basics

Event Date/Time: September 22, 2-6pm


Learn how to make nutritionally balanced and delicious meals with whole food. Topics will include questions about protein, carbs, veganism, vegetarian “meat”, processed food, gluten allergies, how to work with tofu, tempeh, and more. We will be working with the abundant harvest of the season, explore how to eat local on a budget and how to create delicious and satisfying vegan and veget... Read more

From Samsara to Nirvana | How the Buddha’s Teachings on Conditionality Explain – Literally – Everything

From Samsara to Nirvana | How the Buddha’s Teachings on Conditionality Explain – Literally – Everything

Event Date/Time: Sept 27, 7pm – Sept 29, 2pm


imasmiṃ sati idaṃ hoti
imass’ uppādā idaṃ uppajjati
imasmiṃ asati idaṃ na hoti
imassa nirodhā idaṃ nirujjhati

This being, that becomes.
From the arising of this, that arises.
This not being, that doesn’t become.
From the ceasing of this, that ceases.

“Wonderful, Lord, marvelous, Lord, is th... Read more

Art from the Sangha: Opening Reception

Art from the Sangha: Opening Reception

Where do Art and Buddhist practice connect?

Imagination is a faculty that can be developed and refined. The Western idea of the Illumined Imagination can be seen and understood within Buddhist teachings of sraddha and prajna, or faith and wisdom. These are ways of knowing that go beyond concepts or even feeling in the usual sense. The creation and appreciation of art can touch an imaginal chord to awaken deep meaning beyond words.

This show will feature wor... Read more

Ancient Wisdom: The Teachings of Padmasambhava

Ancient Wisdom: The Teachings of Padmasambhava

Event Date/Time: October 12, 10am – 4pm


Ancient Wisdom: The Teachings of Padmasambhava | a Dharma Practice Day

Padmasambhava is one of the most important and fascinating figures from Buddhist history and Buddhism’s rich heritage of symbolism and myth. His story is intertwined with the early history of Buddhism in Tibet and he is central to the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. On this practice day, we’ll be exploring some of the stories, symboli... Read more

Means to Accomplishment: A retreat for Triratna Order Members

Means to Accomplishment: A retreat for Triratna Order Members

Event Dates: Oct 4, 7pm to Oct 6, 2pm


Means to Accomplishment
A weekend retreat for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order

Sadhana is translated as ‘a means to accomplishment’. What we dedicate ourselves to accomplishing is Awakening, to seeing things as they really are. Our lived reality is that we are practicing somewhere on the scale between ignorance and Awakening. Fortunately we have many practices and methods, suiting many approaches and spiritual temperaments, that point us in that direction On this weekend we’ll use... Read more

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

This retreat provides a safe and supportive space to practice meditation in an atmosphere of deep silence. There is an emphasis on the collective aspect of practice, with the Five Precepts woven into the fabric of the daily program.

This retreat is for experienced meditators only. There is no meditation instruction provided, and all practice sessions are unguided. After the first day of introductions and discussions to get everyone started, we will be in Noble Silence until the morning of the final day. Participants are asked to be self-directed for the duration. There will a... Read more

Winter Stillness: The Diamond Sutra | a meditation retreat

Winter Stillness: The Diamond Sutra | a meditation retreat

Event Dates: Dec 26, 7pm to Dec 31, 2pm


Winter Stillness: The Diamond Sutra | a meditation retreat

“Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.”

The theme of this year’s Winter Stillness meditation retreat is the Read more