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Winter Stillness – Online Meditation Intensive: Sublime Abiding

December 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - December 31, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Event Dates: Dec 26 to Dec 31

“Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.”
From the Karaniya Metta Sutta

“Love where there is no reason to love.”


As one year comes to an end and another begins, take some time to dwell in peace.

The cultivation of meditative depth with radiant positive emotion is a central dynamic of Buddhist spiritual life. The heart/mind is flexible, and painful states of hatred and craving can be let go of as we cultivate the qualities we wish to embody. This process is deeply healing and integrating; this practice can ‘burn up’ the karmic residue of unskillful habits, and create momentums of inspiration and love that transform us and our communities.

The Brahma Viharas (Sublime Abodes or Immeasurables) are a collection of meditation practices based in the development and embodiment of metta or loving-kindness. They are kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. This retreat will explore each of these practices, freeing us from the burdens of ill-will and showing us the way to deeper expressions of positive emotion.

Our annual Winter Stillness meditation retreat will be a flexible home-retreat this year, with an online and optional off-line program. Join us everyday for community meditation and helpful teachings. If you’re in a different time zone and can’t make the earlier or later online events, that is fine. The main teaching session is the middle session. We will also be recording the teaching sessions.

The online schedule is as follows (all times EST):

Dec 26–Dec 30: daily sessions 8-10am; 11:30am–1pm; 5-6pm

Dec 31: 8-10am; 11:30am–1pm

*The early morning session is a silent double-sit; the mid-day session includes teaching and led sessions of the brahma viharas; the late afternoon session is puja (devotional readings and chanting)*

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you can email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. This event is by donation, $60-$360 suggested. Please give what you can — Aryaloka is being supported solely by donations during the pandemic. A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the event.


Amala has been studying and practicing meditation and Buddhism since the early 1970s. She has been practicing with the Triratna (formerly FWBO) Community since 1991 and was ordained in 2000. Amala is currently the Chair of the Spiritual Vitality Council and leads a variety of retreats and classes. Amala is a Sanskrit name meaning “Pure” or “Stainless.” The word is found in the Heart Sutra. As a name it refers to ethical purity and also to the stainless open dimension of emptiness. Amala lives near the coast in Maine. She has two young adult children, her favorite people on the planet!

Satyada’s name was given to him at the time of his ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order and translates in English as “a giver of truth” or “one who gives the true Dharma”. He lives the teachings of the historical Buddha with sincerity and conviction. He teaches from his heart. As Chair of the Aryaloka Board of Directors he leads the Aryaloka community not only as a talented administrator but also as a mindful and compassionate Buddhist, familiar with facing all the spiritual challenges of life. Through his outreach work in prisons, his teaching at Aryaloka, and his many friendships, he exemplifies his name to all those touched by the Aryaloka community.

Sravaniya was ordained in 2003, having first encountered meditation and the FWBO (later the Triratna Buddhist Community) in the UK in 1978. His name, inspired by an episode in the biography of Milarepa, means “Delightful to listen to” or “Worthy of being heard.” Sravaniya works as a professional orchestral conductor and violinist, and co-facilitates the Boston Triratna group.

Suddhayu developed an interest in Eastern thought and meditation as a teenager. In 1992 he attended a life-changing meditation retreat at Aryaloka. Soon after, he moved to the residential community there, where he lived for the next eight years, exploring his love of Dharma, meditation and community. He lived in England for six months where he worked for a Buddhist Right Livelihood project, and attended a four month retreat in the mountains of Spain where he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In the new century, Suddhayu married Lona Kovacs and co-founded Touching Earth Farm CSA and Portsmouth Buddhist Center. He has been teaching meditation and Buddhism workshops and leading retreats since 1998. He currently works full-time for Dharma initiatives as Chair at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center and Manager of Aryaloka.

Painting detail: New Year’s Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Ōji by Hiroshige


Led by: Team
Times: Dec 26 to Dec 31
Venue: Zoom
Fee: By Donation $60-$360 suggested
Level: Intermediate
Directions: N/A

* 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.


December 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
December 31, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
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Newmarket, NH 03857 United States
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