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"Spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life."
~ Samyutta Nikaya, Verse 2

At Aryaloka, we cultivate strong and meaningful relationships with each other through our practice of Buddhism and our focus on compassion, communication, and community. Check back with this page regularly to get the latest events, information, and goings-on from our sangha.

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Mindful Eating and Yoga Retreat

Event Dates: June 5, 10am to June 7, 2pm


Mindful eating changes how the brain works by changing neural pathways that can transform your mind, health, and life!  Please join Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed, RD, CDE and Kathleen Costello, MS, DC, two mindfulness professionals, as they describe a way to bring mindfulness from an abstract idea to your next meal.  Learn how to use mindfulness with food and movement using 2500-year-old wisdom from the Buddhist tradition.

Experience how any meal can become a centering act, nourishing the body in ways that go beyond the nutrients on the plate. Enjoy simple, delicious vegetarian meals, gentle and enjoyable movement in the beauty and relaxed atmosphere of Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center. The retreat will allow you to practice being mindful with food and movement to support self-care, self-kindness, health, joy and peace.

This weekend retreat will also discuss three common obstacles to mindfulness and mindful eating and three helpful tools to overcome them. It is open to anyone interested in cultivating mindfulness in daily life, around food and eating and movement in particular. Experience of mindfulness meditation or yoga is not necessary for participation.

16 CPE from the Commission of Dietetic Registration, CDR are available for professionals for an additional $150 cost. If you would like to obtain CPE for this program, please choose the ‘Professional’ option in ticketing. The cost is $330 with an additional $150 charge for the CPE.

What participants have said about the workshop

“As a dietitian and CDE, I wholeheartedly recommend this workshop. It amplified my understanding of Mindful Eating concepts and gave me practical tools to use with my patients.”  -Caitlin Troklus, MS, RD, CDE

“I really loved the workshop.  I got so much out of it.” Judy Sloan

About the instructors:

Megrette Fletcher M.Ed., RD, CDE is a registered dietitian, and diabetes educator. She is a co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating and author of five weight-neutral mindful eating books. She lives and works in New Hampshire and has been meditating on a regular basis since 1999

Kathleen Costello MS, DC, is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a background in positive psychology, Integrative Nutrition, mindful movement and meditation. Kathleen studied Hatha yoga in Nasik, India and has been teaching yoga since 2007. She is an avid meditator with a daily sitting pratice since 2009. She is passionate about empowering others on their journey of health and self-discovery. She practices Network Spinal care in New Hampshire.

 

Register for the event here

 

Led by: Megrette Fletcher and Kathleen Costello
Times: June 5, 10am to June 7, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $330/265/175* $480 for professionals with 16 CPE
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.

Inner and Outer Wilderness | Men’s Dharma Practice

Event Dates: January 12, 1–5pm


Our Dharma practice days for men in the first half of 2020 will be themed around the idea or image of inner and outer wilderness. We will be exploring the relationship of our inner world to the outer through Dharma texts, literature, meditation and mindful forestry projects. In the cooler months we will be exploring Dharma texts that touch on the theme of wilderness, facing fear, and transformation. In the warmer months we will be outside (weather permitting) working on the beautiful paths and bridges that wind through our forest and along the riverbank. We will prepare the site where we will install another of the stone Buddhas outdoors; this summer on the men’s weekend (July 24-26) we will be ritually installing the antique statue of the Dakini in a pagoda near the firepit.

These events are offered by donation. Please feel free to bring a snack to share.

Jan 12, 1-5: Exploring Tantric Buddhism: an introduction to core symbols

Feb 29, 9-1: The Dakini

Mar 22, 1-5: Outdoor project (weather permitting) or indoor practice

In April, please consider participating in the Community Work Day on the 11th, 9-3

In May, we will be participating in Buddha Day on the 31st.

June 20, 6-9pm: We will host a Solstice Puja celebrating the Dakini

July 24-26: Men’s Weekend Retreat

Learn more about the Dakini here and here.

Led by: Team
Times: Jan 12, 1–5pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to All Men
Directions: Directions Page
The Generosity Kula invites everyone – each time time they come to Aryaloka – to bring one item for our collection boxes in the entryway. We are collecting non-perishable food items, personal care/cleaning products, or warm clothing items. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.

Spring Retreat: Deep Ecology and Elemental Transformation

Event Dates: May 14, 7pm to May 17, 2pm


On this retreat we will dive into the layers of meaning found in experience of the six elements. Our explorations will be a kind of deep ecology – of our environment and of our minds. The aim of deepening our connection with the elements – inner and outer – is to support us making wise choices about how to live in this world. We hope to heal any sense of alienation that may have taken hold of us and to inspire a sense of connection and agency in our lives.

The Buddhist tradition has several pathways that connect with the elements. We’ll find out what the tradition has to say about mindfulness and the six elements. We’ll explore the symbolic colors, shapes, and Buddhas that correspond to the elements and the energies they represent. And we’ll find out how working with the elements can lead us to awakening.

All this learning will happen experientially as well as through presentations. On the retreat there will be meditation; outdoor contemplation; some play with earth, water, and the other elements; as well as discussion and ritual. We hope to emerge from the retreat feeling alive with senses heightened and with tools for future practice in a connected world.

Led by Dh Amala. Ordained in the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2000, Amala has been teaching and leading retreats for almost 20 years. She has strong interests in meditation, in Buddhist symbols, and in the environment.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456.

 

Register for the event here

 

Led by: Dh Amala
Times: May 14, 7pm to May 17, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $330/265/175
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.

Yoga and Meditation Basics

Event Dates: January 11, 10 – 4


This workshop will introduce participants to the complimentary practices of yoga and meditation. Yoga prepares the body for seated meditation, and seated meditation deepens our awareness in yoga. We will explore ancient Buddhist meditation techniques that lead to stillness and calm, as well as the mindful movement of vinyasa flow. Vinyasa emphasizes the importance of breath with movement, and develops a strong foundation for any yoga practice. No prior experience is necessary. Suitable for complete beginners, or those looking for a refresher.

*Please bring a yoga mat. If you have your own props like a bolster, strap, or cork or foam bricks, please feel free to bring. Meditation cushions and chairs provided.* A vegetarian lunch is included in the cost.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you can email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456.

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Suddhayu and Lona Kovacs
Times: Jan 11, 10-4
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $80/60/40
Level: Introductory
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.

Children’s Sangha Gathering

Event Date: Jan 5, 2:30-3pm


Children’s Sangha gatherings are a wonderful way to introduce Buddhism and mindfulness to your young ones. Alisha offers a unique and lovely occasion for you to share with your children and the Aryaloka community. 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. Feel free to call the Aryaloka office at 603-659-5456 if you have any questions about these gatherings.

 

If you and your children plan to attend, please RSVP here. Thank you!

Led by: Alisha Roberts
Times: Jan 5, 2–3:30 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to all with children

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 vegetarian meals. Everyone will participate in preparing a perfectly balanced, beautiful meal to share.

Click here to register for this event

Led by: Lona Kovacs (BIO)
Times: September 22, 2-6pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $75/55/35
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.

The Way of Kindness, an introduction to meditation

Event Dates: January 25, 10-4


“Even as a mother protects with her life

Her child, her only child,

So with a boundless heart

Should one cherish all living beings”

from the Karaniya Metta Sutta

On this introductory meditation workshop we will explore the Buddha’s teaching of kindness or metta, generally as a living principle, and more specifically as a meditation practice. Participants will learn the Metta Bhavana, or Cultivation of Loving-Kindness practice, a meditation that has been practiced for thousands of years. We will explore the core Buddhist ethical principle of non-harm and its practical application in daily life, drawing out the rewards and challenges of a life lived with empathy and kindness.

Participants will learn everything they need to begin a regular and effective meditation practice. A vegetarian lunch is provided and included in the cost. Suitable for complete beginners, or those looking for a refresher.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you can email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456.

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Suddhayu
Times: Jan 25, 10-4
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $80/60/40
Level: Introductory
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.

Meditation and Mindfulness, an introduction

Event Dates: Jan 15, 6:30pm to Feb 5, 8:30pm


A four week introduction on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm.

On this introductory workshop we will explore the Buddha’s teaching of mindfulness, generally as a living principle, and more specifically as a meditation practice. Participants will learn the Mindfulness of Breathing, a meditation that has been practiced for thousands of years, and learn everything they need to begin a regular and effective meditation practice. Suitable for complete beginners, or those looking for a refresher.

Meditation and mindfulness practice helps us to develop contentment, clarity, integration, concentration, and a sense of peace. Whether you’re just looking to find some stillness in your life, or to directly explore the nature of consciousness, this class is a great way to begin!

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite, you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456 to make other arrangements.

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Amala
Times: Jan 15, 6:30pm to Feb 5, 8:30pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $80/60/40
Level: Introductory
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.

Yoga and Meditation Weekend

Event Date/Time: Dec 13, 7pm – Dec 15, 2pm


Description

In yoga we seek to find suitable grounding and remain aware of the transitions we make through shifting poses, all the while keeping the breath alive and vital in our practice. So too in meditation we must stay grounded while being open to our changing experience, perhaps anchored by the sensations of the breath. For this weekend retreat we will blend the approaches of yoga and meditation to reach a deeper expression of each. All the while cultivating both inner and outer awareness.

The retreat leaders, Molly Schlangen and Dharmachari Satyada, appreciate the chance to work together to bring these opportunities for the integration of mind and body to the community. Please join us for this rejuvenating weekend.

 

Click here to register for this event

Led by: Molly Schlangen & Dh. Satyada
Times: Dec 13, 7pm through Dec 15, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $305/$230/$155
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.

Transitional States: Reflecting on the Six Bardos

Event Dates: February 7, 7pm to February 9, 2pm


It is natural for us to be curious about the process of dying, and to wonder what happens during and after death. In Buddhism, there are many different meditations, rituals and customs around death. One of the best known texts regarding the subject is attributed to Padmasambhava and written down by his primary disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal. Entitled Bardo Thodol, and translated as The Great Liberation Through Hearing (or more popularly as the Tibetan Book of the Dead), this text is considered a crucial Tibetan Buddhist scripture for the dying and recently deceased. It is also a most excellent guide for our journey through life – especially how we may live life more meaningfully and how we may follow the path to Enlightenment more deeply.

A Bardo is a space between, a transitional state, where one way of being has ended and the next one has not yet arisen. In these spaces there is tremendous potential for something significant and meaningful to arise. On this retreat we will explore these Bardos – namely that of the Bardo of Life (Birth), Dreams, Meditation, Moment Before Death, Death (Dharmata) and Becoming – by creating visual representations of each through using our imagination and the creative arts. The art workshops will be punctuated by the reading out of Buddhist teachings and poetry that draw out the subtlety and beauty of each of the Bardos. Meditation and ritual will frame the program to create a rich and supportive atmosphere of exploration.

This retreat is suitable for anyone with a basic meditation practice. No experience with creative arts is required. Art supplies will be provided, although if there are particular items you would like to bring, please feel free to do so. Lodging and vegetarian meals are included in the fee.

Image detail from The Green Lantern by Warwick Goble

Register for the event here

To register by phone, call 603-659-5456 or email info@aryaloka.org.

Led by: Dh Viriyalila
Times: Feb 7, 7pm to Feb 9, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/230/155
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.

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: March 4, 7pm to March 8, 2pm


Listen to the sound of water
In the clefts and in the gullies:
The tiny streams gurgle loudly
— Mighty waters flow in silence.
From the Nalaka Sutta

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 also be opportunities for individual conversations with retreat leaders if desired.

Work responsibilities are kept to a minimum so that participants can focus on their practice. There will be some light kitchen duties, such as helping to serve meals and clean up.

While meditation is considered safe for healthy people, there are some for whom caution is advised. If this is your first time on an intensive meditation retreat, and you are dealing with emotional issues such as depression, trauma, grief, or other psychological diagnoses, please contact the office to discuss whether this retreat is right for you.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456.

excerpt from the Nalaka Sutta trans. by Olendzki

painting detail ‘early autumn’ by Qian Xuan

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Led by: Dh Amala and Dh Narottama
Times: March 4, 7pm to March 8, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $340/$260/$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.

Yoga and Meditation Weekend

Event Dates: Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23, 2020


In yoga we seek to find suitable grounding and remain aware of the transitions we make through shifting poses, all the while keeping the breath alive and vital in our practice. So too in meditation we must stay grounded while being open to our changing experience, perhaps anchored by the sensations of the breath. For this weekend retreat we will blend the approaches of yoga and meditation to reach a deeper expression of each. All the while cultivating both inner and outer awareness.

The retreat leaders, Molly Schlangen and Dharmachari Satyada, appreciate the chance to work together to bring these opportunities for the integration of mind and body to the community. Please join us for this rejuvenating weekend.

Click here to register online.

If you’d prefer not to register through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456 to make other arrangements.

Led by: Molly Schlangen & Dh. Satyada
Times: February 21, 7pm to February 23, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $305/230/155
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.

Dhyana, Step by Step | a weekend retreat with Bodhipaksa

Event Dates: June 26, 7pm to June 28, 2pm


You’ve probably been given very specific instructions on how to develop mindfulness. You’ve probably received very clear direction in how to cultivate loving-kindness. But dhyana — even although it’s considered to be the basis of Awakening itself — is usually left to chance. Sometimes it happens to us out of the blue, and we’re not entirely clear how. More often it remains elusive, to the point where we start thinking of it as something only a few “expert” meditators experience.

But what if there was a simple, step-by-step way to let dhyana arise? On this weekend retreat Bodhipaksa will break down the components of the dhyana experience and introduce a step-by-step approach to cultivating it. You may or may not experience dhyana on this retreat, but you’ll certainly move in that direction and will come away with a whole new bunch of meditation skills!

If you’d prefer not to book through Evenbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456.

Register for the event here

Led by: DH Bodhipaksa
Times: June 26, 7pm to June 28, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/230/155
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.

Milarepa the Enlightened Yogi, a retreat for Triratna Order Members

Event Dates: April 17, 7pm to April 23, 2pm


The focus of this meditation retreat will be on the extraordinary way of life of Milarepa. Milarepa’s clarity of vision has been a primary inspiration for Kamalashila. He’ll draw on his own experience of living in simplicity as a hermit and practising aspects of Milarepa’s approach.

We will form a community, focused on practice, supporting one another. With study and discussion for the first few days, and then a period of silent practice. Who knows what will come up? According to Milarepa, if it has reference points, it is not the view; if there’s dullness and agitation, it’s not meditation. If there’s adopting and rejecting, it is not (right) conduct; if there are concepts, it is not yoga. If there is dawning and waning, it is not wisdom. If there is birth and death, it’s not Buddhahood. Some of this could be very relevant!

We will be spending a period each day going through The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (the new translation by Christopher Stagg) and some time meditating based on what arises from the text.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite, please email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456.

Image detail of Milarepa by the 10th Karmapa

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Kamalashila
Times: Apr 17, 7pm to Apr 23, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $510/390/270
Level: Triratna Order Members
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.

Mother–Daughter Yoga and Meditation Weekend

Event Dates: May 8, 7pm to May 10, 2pm


The bond between mothers and daughters is unique, complicated, and full of emotions. Take time to reconnect, to celebrate and to deepen this sacred relationship.

“Complicated does not inherently mean “bad.” It’s just that simultaneously, there are two different people (no matter how similar) with a lifetime’s worth of stuff between them, both trying to exist within the multifarious layers of their unique bond.” — Amelia Diamond

This retreat experience will give participants structured activities, as well as unstructured time for connecting in your own way. No yoga or meditation experience required; all levels of experience will be catered to. Retreat fees include lodging and vegetarian meals.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite, you can email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456.

Register for the event here

Led by: Molly Schlangen and Dh Kamalasiri
Times: May 8, 7pm to May 10, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/230/155
Level: Open to All Women
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.

Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love | Regional Sangha Retreat

Event Dates: January 17, 2019 – January 20, 2020


Join us for our annual gathering and celebration of sangha!

Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love – These are the words of Dhardo Rimpoche, a 20th century Tibetan master and one of Sangharakshita’s beloved teachers. Those who met him remember him warmly as a genuine living bodhisattva.

His message was simple enough that the little refugee children of the school he founded could understand it. Yet through the example of his life, he showed how profound it is for all of us to live by these principles. On this retreat, we’ll explore Dhardo Rimpoche’s message through meditation, talks, discussion, and connection with each other.

Now on its 11th year, this retreat was previously known as the Outlying Sanghas Retreat for the Portland, Boston, and New York sanghas exclusively. We now welcome all sangha members in the Northeast Region, including Aryaloka, Portsmouth, and Lubec, ME. Please join us in this annual celebration of Dharma-practice and sangha!

Register for the event here

If you would prefer not to register through Eventbrite, you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456 to make other arrangements.

Led by: Dh. Sunada, Dh. Sravaniya, Dh. Suddhayu
Times: January 17, 7pm to January 20, 2 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $330/265/175
Level: Participants should be attendees of one of the Northeast region Triratna centers or groups, and have a basic familiarity with our practices
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.

The Buddha and the Goddess of the Earth

Event Dates: Dec 21, 10 – 4


Most of the stories about the Buddha take place outside. His Awakening took place beneath a tree, he walked everywhere, and many of his discourses were given beneath a canopy of leaves. In this introductory class, we will explore some of the mythic imagery and nature themes in the Buddha’s story. We will look at how these themes unfold in his teaching, and explore their relevance to us now. Participants will learn basic Buddhist meditation and helpful, practical teachings that remain vital to this day. A vegetarian lunch is included in the cost. Suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite, you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456 to make other arrangements.

Register for the event here

image detail from House of the Golden Bracelet, Pompei

Led by: Dh Suddhayu
Times: Dec 21, 10-4
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $80/60/40
Level: Introductory
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.

Meditate for Peace

Event Dates: January 1, 2020


Please join us for the 14th annual Meditate for Peace Day this New Year’s Day.

Every year we gather at Aryaloka to meditate and reflect on peace, setting the tone for the year ahead. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to appreciate this day — all are welcome!

Schedule:

Meditation sessions begin every hour on the hour. There will be a short break between every sit allowing for snacks, rehydration, stretching etc. Participants may attend all or some of the day as they see fit. Please feel free to bring snacks to share. If you’d like to volunteer for part of the day, please contact Suddhayu at suddhayu@aryaloka.org.

Please arrive shortly before 8am if you plan on attending the first sit of the day. Attendance is free, though donations are appreciated. You can register here to let us know you’re coming!

8am – Dedication and Guided Meditation
9am – Silent Meditation
10am – Silent Meditation
11am – Guided Meditation
12pm – Silent Meditation
1pm – Lunch
2pm – Guided Meditation
3pm – Silent Meditation
4pm – Silent Meditation
5pm – Silent Meditation and Transference of Merits
6pm – Finish

*ON NEW YEAR’S EVE we gather at 11:15 PM for light refreshments then shortly before midnight we move to the shrine room where everyone has the opportunity to ring our ancient gong to welcome in the New Year. All are welcome to join us for this casual annual celebration.*

Led by: Team
Times: Jan 1, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
The Generosity Kula invites everyone – each time time they come to Aryaloka – to bring one item for our collection boxes in the entryway. We are collecting non-perishable food items, personal care/cleaning products, or warm clothing items. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.

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 Diamond Sutra. The program is a relaxing yet invigorating mix of meditation, silence, ritual and reflection. We will not be studying the Diamond Sutra, rather we will be bringing it in to an environment of meditation and reflection. The Diamond Sutra has the capacity to confound the rational mind and our grasping at views; it is therefore a perfect compliment to intensive meditation practice. Annual tradtions such as the New Year purification fire (in our new fire pit!) will be maintained.

Image detail from Konjikido in Snow, Hiraizumi 1957

Register for the event here

To register by phone, call 603-659-5456 or email info@aryaloka.org.

Led by: Dh Suddhayu and Team
Times: Dec 26, 7pm to Dec 31, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $450/345/240
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.

Mandala Evening: Panel discussion with experienced meditation practitioners

Event Date: July 9

July’s Mandala evening will feature a panel of experienced meditation practitioners and teachers talking personally about their meditation practice. Each will share their experiences with meditation, including challenges they have faced and how their meditation practice has changed over time. After the panel talks about their own experiences, there will be time for question and answers and discussion. Featured panel speakers will be Lilasiddhi, Amala, Narottama, Sunada, and Suriyadhamma.

The evening will begin with a pot luck dinner at 6 pm. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck. The panel presentation and discussion will begin at 7:15pm. All are warmly invited to attend.

Mandala Evenings are held quarterly. They are an opportunity for everyone in the sangha to join together for practice, study, discussion, and celebration.

 

Art and Meditation Workshop

Sunday, July 8, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Please join us for an Art/Meditation morning at Akasaloka behind the domes of Aryaloka. Led by Narottama and friends, this class is especially aimed at those who might not consider themselves artists or creative at all.

For those wanting to connect with their creative energies, we will use simple creative techniques combined with meditation to wake up the inner worlds of beauty and light. There will be space for ten participants using drawing, painting, clay, paper, fabric or writing to explore the universe of color, shape and the imagination. Some materials will be supplied; you are welcome to bring your own to share.

Bring a snack or light lunch.
Tea, coffee and water will be supplied.

Because spaces are limited, please register in advance. A minimum $20 donation is requested for this class.

 

Click here to register online.

You may also register by calling the office between 9 am and 3 pm Monday – Friday.

Led by: Dh. Narottama
Times: Sunday, July 8, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $75/50/30

Level:Open to All

Comments from participants of previous meditation workshops:

“The atmosphere was comfortable and supportive.”

“A great program for introspection, relaxation, and relationships.”

“Very comfortable space to learn and take risks.”

Teen Night

Event Dates: Ongoing, First Tuesday evening of each month


Join Alisha Roberts for Teen Night at Friends Night on the first Tuesday Evening of every month. The teen group will meditate for 40 minutes then come together for discussion.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00 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. There is no fee for this event, donations are appreciated.

Typically, our Tuesday night activities include:

• 6:45 – Tea and announcements

• 7:00 – Meditation

• 8:00 – Study, discussion, or talk on the evening’s topic

• 9:15 – End

Led by: Alisha Roberts
Times: First Tuesday of the month, 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested donation $10
Level: Open to All teens
Directions: Directions Page
The Generosity Kula invites everyone – each time time they come to Aryaloka – to bring one item for our collection boxes in the entry way. We are collecting non-perishable food items, personal care/cleaning products, or warm clothing items. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.

Teen Night

Event Dates: Ongoing, First Tuesday evening of each month


Join Alisha Roberts for Teen Night at Friends Night on the first Tuesday Evening of every month. The teen group will meditate for 40 minutes then come together for discussion.

Friends Nights at Aryaloka are from 6:45-9:00 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. There is no fee for this event, donations are appreciated.

Typically, our Tuesday night activities include:

• 6:45 – Tea and announcements

• 7:00 – Meditation

• 8:00 – Study, discussion, or talk on the evening’s topic

• 9:15 – End

Led by: Alisha Roberts
Times: First Tuesday of the month, 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested donation $10
Level: Open to All teens
Directions: Directions Page
The Generosity Kula invites everyone – each time time they come to Aryaloka – to bring one item for our collection boxes in the entry way. We are collecting non-perishable food items, personal care/cleaning products, or warm clothing items. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.

The Water Element, The Paintings of John Sirois

Event Dates: Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7th, 3:00 – 5:00

Exhibition: April 7 -May 24, closed May 4 – 11

The Water Element will highlight our own vibrant New England spring with a group of thirteen paintings by the renowned artist John Sirois. Painting is a daily practice for John, and his exploration of color, texture, atmosphere and energy all feed source and his love of the moving water, rivers, lakes, and streams of his environment. It is a vibrant investigation of the element of water, both inside and outside our space.

This Monadnock- region artist is the husband of our own beloved GFR mitra, Sandy Sirois

Led by: Art Kula
Times: Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7th from 3:00pm  – 5:00pm
Exhibition on view: M-F 10am – 3pm  from April 7th to May 24th. Closed May 4 – 11
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
The Generosity Kula invites everyone – each time time they come to Aryaloka – to bring one item for our collection boxes in the entryway. We are collecting non-perishable food items, personal care/cleaning products, or warm clothing items. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.

Men’s Practice Day

Event Date: May 27, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm


Men's Practice DaysMen’s Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to study and practice together. Each practice day will include time for meditation, discussion, and relaxing with one another. All men in the sangha are invited to attend. Men’s Days will meet in Akashaloka. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

Men’s Practice Days will be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month.

Future Men’s Practice Dates are:

January 28

February 25

March 25

April 29

May 27

 

Led by: Narottama
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
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.

Men’s Practice Day

Event Date: April 29, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm


Men's Practice DaysMen’s Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to study and practice together. Each practice day will include time for meditation, discussion, and relaxing with one another. All men in the sangha are invited to attend. Men’s Days will meet in Akashaloka. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

Men’s Practice Days will be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month.

Future Men’s Practice Dates are:

January 28

February 25

March 25

April 29

May 27

 

Led by: Narottama
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
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.

Transform Your Life with Mindfulness Meditation

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

This 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 be taught.

Mindfulness of Breathing is a practice that helps us to develop a calm, clear, and focused mind. With mindfulness we develop concentration and awareness. A concentrated mind, flexible and alert, is poised for insight into the nature of mind and life itself.

These introductory workshops alternate between the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving-kindness) meditation practices, so join us next time to explore another practice!

  • For a grounding introduction to the practice of meditation and/or Buddhism a combination of meditation workshops and/or an evening class is recommended. Any series or day can also be taken on its own. No prior experience is necessary for introductory level events. All of these courses are also appropriate for practitioners with some experience who wish to refresh their practice.

Foundation Meditations

At Aryaloka we begin with traditional meditations. Each is a path to awakening and a basis for other forms of meditation, such as the Brahmaviharas and Anapanasati meditations, which we teach for experienced practitioners.

Foundation practices belong to the broad class of samatha meditations which develop calm, concentration and a still, pliable mind that is open to insight and deep reflection.

  • Mindfulness of Breathing is a practice that helps us to develop a calm, clear, and focused mind. With mindfulness we develop concentration and awareness. A concentrated mind, flexible and alert, is poised for insight into the nature of mind and life itself.
  • 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.
  • Just Sitting practice is an open or ‘formless’ meditation of direct awareness of our present moment experience.
  • Walking meditation is mindfulness and metta in motion, following the Buddha’s way of bringing awareness into all our activities.

Click here to register online.

You may also register by calling the office between 9 am and 3 pm Monday – Friday.

Led by: Dh. Rijupatha
Times: Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $75/50/30

Level:Open to All

Comments from participants of previous meditation workshops:

“The atmosphere was comfortable and supportive.”

“A great program for introspection, relaxation, and relationships.”

Very comfortable space to learn and take risks.”

Mandala Evening: Celebrating Our Connection with Our Spiritual Home

Event Date: Monday, March 26, 6:00 – 9:00 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.

Join us for an evening of sangha and collective practice. This quarter’s Mandala Evening is a celebration of everything that makes us a spiritual community: a delicious pot luck dinner, meditating and chanting together in the shrine room, followed by a facilitated discussion exploring our relationship to Aryaloka and what Aryaloka means to us. Everyone is warmly invited to attend. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

 

Children’s Sangha

Event Dates: Saturday, March 31


Children’s Sangha gatherings are a wonderful way to introduce Buddhism and mindfulness to your young ones. Each month, Alisha offers a unique and lovely occasion for you to share with your children and the Aryaloka community. Feel free to call the office if you have any questions about these gatherings. If you have teens who may be interested in Buddhism, Alisha also offers a Teen Night at Aryaloka on the first Tuesday evening of the month.

Led by: Alisha Roberts
Times: Saturday,March 31 2:00  – 3:30 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to all with children

Vajra Bell: Autumn/Winter 2017-2018

  • From the Editor: Facing our Shadows of the Past, by Mary Schaefer
  • Create Beauty from our Collective Chaos, by Singhashri
  • Restorative Approach: A ‘Practice’ to Address Issues of the Past and the Future, by Jnanasiddhi
  • Sangha Notes, by Sangha Notes Contributors
  • Sangha Connections: Interview with Vajramati, by Bettye Pruitt
  • Aryaloka Hosts Order Convention for US and Canada, by Samayasri
  • Children’s Sangha: Developing Mindfulness and Gratitude, by Alisha Roberts
  • Dr. Ambedkar’s Children: Bending Toward Justice, by David Watt
  • Art, Meditation and Mindfulness – Connecting us to our Lives, by Deb Howard

Click here to download a copy!

or read it online here:

 

 

Buddhist Recovery Meetings

Event Date: Thursdays, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Meeting weekly on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, the Buddhist Recovery Meetings Buddhatake place at the Aryaloka Buddhist Center, at the building behind the domes, Akashaloka. Please note: The meetings on January 4 and 11 will be held in Aryaloka, not Akashaloka. The meetings are facilitated by Barry Timmerman, a person in long-term recovery and a committed Buddhist.

The Buddhist Recovery Meetings focus on Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices that can be helpful to people recovering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. There is an emphasis on meditation practice and waking up to the habitual patterns that drive us and our unskillful behaviors. Understanding and practicing meditation, ethics and wisdom, we can learn to cultivate and sustain positive emotions, act more skillfully in all aspects of our daily lives and alleviate the suffering that is at the root of conditioned existence. These are not 12- Step meetings, but we will explore how the 12 steps can be understood from a Buddhist perspective.

Membership: These are open meetings. Membership is made up of people in the Aryaloka community and/or the recovery community who are in recovery and have an interest in Buddhism. Experience with meditation is helpful but not required. One important caveat, this meeting is NOT a replacement for traditional 12-Step recovery; it is a supplement for those who are looking for a way to integrate Buddhist practice and philosophy into their recovery from addiction.

Meeting format: We will begin meetings with a short time for socializing, followed by a period of meditation. We will focus on the Mindfulness of Breathing practice and the Metta Bhavana/Loving Kindness practice. The meditation is followed by a short break in silence for tea. We then convene for study and discussion. We begin with a review of our intention. Members have the opportunity for a short check-in, followed by a topic discussion based one “One Breath at a Time” by Kevin Griffin. We focus on a chapter at a time, reading passages from the book and discussing how we may apply Buddhist teachings and practices to our lives and recovery. When we have completed “One Breath at a Time” we will explore other books related to the theme of 12-step recovery and Buddhism. We close the meeting with a call and response Metta Bhavana/Loving Kindness mantra, followed by cleanup and socializing.

Donations: We appreciate your generosity in supporting Aryaloka and our mission to share the Dharma. The Dana/generosity bowl will be passed at each meeting

Facilitated by: Barry Timmerman
Times: 7 – 9 p.m.
Venue: Akashaloka
Fee: Dana appreciated
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
Aryaloka has collection boxes in the entryway for local charities. Aryaloka is currently collecting for the Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth. Safe Harbor provides support and resources for anyone affected by alcohol and drug addiction. Safe Harbor needs cleaning products, office supplies, and personal care items. We are also collecting non-perishable food for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Please feel free to bring a donation for these charities when you arrive. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Engaged Buddhism Kula.

Men’s Practice Day

Event Date: March 25, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm


Men's Practice DaysMen’s Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to study and practice together. Each practice day will include time for meditation, discussion, and relaxing with one another. All men in the sangha are invited to attend. Men’s Days will meet in Akashaloka. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

Men’s Practice Days will be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month.

Future Men’s Practice Dates are:

January 28

February 25

March 25

April 29

May 27

 

Led by: Narottama
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
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.

It’s free, it’s fun, it’s a Kula Fair!

Event date: Tuesday, November 14th, 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm


Kula: “A community of the heart; a group of people who come together for a shared purpose.”

Aryaloka is more than its buildings and grounds, more than its classes and retreats. At the heart of Aryaloka is a community of people with a shared love of the Dharma and deep friendships with one another. Within the Aryaloka community are many kulas: groups of volunteers gathered around a common goal to help keep Aryaloka running. Joining a volunteer kula is a great way to create friendships, gain a sense of satisfaction, and contribute to Aryaloka.

We have about 10 active kulas at Aryaloka, and many of them are seeking new volunteers to join them. On Tuesday, November 14, representatives from these kulas will be sharing information about their kula at our first ever Kula Fair.  Do you have a green thumb? The Garden kula could use your help! Excellent grammar and an eye for details? Help copy edit the Vajra Bell! Not sure what you have to offer, except a willingness to help out? Come along to the kula fair and you are sure to find your niche!

The Kula Fair will run from 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm on Tuesday November 14. Delicious treats will be provided, so if you’re coming straight from work you can grab a snack while you’re learning about kulas and stay for Friends Night. If you can provide a vegetarian treat, contact Shrijnana at info@aryaloka.org.

Practicing Loving Kindness as an Humanitarian: “It is Truly Not About Me,” by Dh. Samayasri

Originally published in vajrabell Spring/Summer 2017 (c) 2017 Aryaloka Buddhist Center

“I may be bustling to a meeting in New York with Facebook or HBO and it all may seem very modern and cosmopolitan, but the core of the work is making a difference to refugees or people caught up in war or famine, in war zones or camps, or in relative safety but struggling with xenophobia that has strengthened in many parts of the world including the United States. It is truly not about me.”

It seems appropriate – although not straightforward – to be writing about the subject of loving kindness in the context of my work. Of course, it is deeply appropriate, because the sector I work for embodies human altruism. Most organizations like mine – the International Rescue Committee – have profound roots in the same human desire to meet the suffering of others or deal with the degradation of the planet with moral conviction, generosity and a determination to change.

Enormous progress has been made on issues such as disease eradication, human rights, hunger alleviation, universal education and safety for refugees thanks to remarkable people who – like many Dharma followers – surrender their adult lives to service, often at the risk of their own lives and by foregoing normal human comforts like a family life or a settled home. It has been my privilege over the years to work with many remarkable people like this, including some who died prematurely as a result of their duties. (more…)

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 NYC sanghas

Read it online                        Download it here

 

 

Dharma Day Celebration

Event Date: Sunday, July 9, 2017


DharmaDay_smPlease join us as we celebrate Dharma Day, one of several important Buddhist festivals throughout the year, marking our gratitude for the teachings of the Buddha!

Our plans for the afternoon:

12:00 Set up and enjoy a Potluck Lunch.  Please bring a favorite dish to share. After clean up….

1:15 – Dhammapada Puja

2:00 – Break

2:15 – Hearing the Dharma. Order Members and Sangha are encouraged to bring favorite Dharma passages to share with the group.

2:45 – Reflecting on the Dharma

3:15 – Meditating on the Dharma

3:45 – Conclusion and Clean Up

The “Art from the Order” exhibition will be on display in our gallery. Please take some time to appreciate the creative expression of our Order Members. Visit the Stupa, walk through the gardens, or follow the trails by the river.

Everyone is welcome to join with the Aryaloka community and take part in this special celebration.

Led by: Satyadaya and Khemavassika
Times: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations Appreciated
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
The Generosity Kula invites everyone – each time time they come to Aryaloka – to bring one item for our collection boxes in the entryway. We are collecting non-perishable food items, personal care/cleaning products, or warm clothing items. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.

Young Sangha Hangout

Event Dates: Sunday, November 27, 2016


young_persons_smIf you’re a New England Triratna sangha member in your 20s and 30s (or thereabouts and young at heart) please join us for the fourth gathering of the Young Person’s Sangha!

These monthly gatherings are a great chance to get together with other young sangha members to hang out, get to know each other, and talk about various issues and topics. Come be a part of the creation of our fledgling gang of Dharma practitioners!

The Young Person’s Sangha meets on the fourth Sunday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We will meet at Aryaloka on  September 25th and November 27th. Contact Dh. Rijupatha at rijupatha@gmail.com to make sure you’re on the mailing list for young folks and stay tuned.

Upcoming Meeting Dates & Locations:

Sep 25    Aryaloka Buddhist Center
Oct 02    Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Oct 16    Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Nov 13    Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Nov 27    Aryaloka Buddhist Center
Dec 11    Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Young members of all the regional sanghas – Portsmouth Buddhist Center, Nagaloka Buddhist Center, and Triratna Boston – are all heartily invited!

Led by: Dh. Rijupatha
Times: 4th Sunday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations Appreciated
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
Aryaloka has collection boxes in the entryway for local charities. Aryaloka is currently collecting for the Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth. Safe Harbor provides support and resources for anyone affected by alcohol and drug addiction. Safe Harbor needs cleaning products, office supplies, and personal care items. We are also collecting non-perishable food for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Please feel free to bring a donation for these charities when you arrive. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.

Tuesday Friends Nights

Event Dates: Tuesdays, 6:45 – 9:15


Friends Nights at Aryaloka are weekly gatherings where we join 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.

Study Topics for November/December:

In our new series on Friends’ Nights we will explore a different sutta or sutra each night. Each session will be a discussion of some of the core Buddhist texts led by a revolving group of Order members. We will look at how these texts can impact our own practices in the midst of everyday life.

Nov 13 – The Diamond Sutra
Nov 20
Nov 27
Dec 4
Dec 11
Dec 18

Tuesday night activities include:

• 6:45 – Tea and announcements

• 7:00 – Meditation and shrine room activity

• 8:00 – Study, discussion, or talk on the evening’s topic

• 9:15 – End

With all of the activities, you are free to participate or to just sit and listen – nothing is compulsory. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Led by: Tuesday Friends Night Team
Times: Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested Donation: $10
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
Aryaloka has collection boxes in the entryway for local charities. Aryaloka is currently collecting for the Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth. Safe Harbor provides support and resources for anyone affected by alcohol and drug addiction. Safe Harbor needs cleaning products, office supplies, and personal care items. We are also collecting non-perishable food for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Please feel free to bring a donation for these charities when you arrive. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.

Young Sangha

Event Dates: Sunday, February 22, 2015


buddha-rupa3_300px_squareThis gathering is reserved for young adults in our sangha to come together. The age range is up to 40 years old. Join us on Saturday, February 22nd for our first meeting.

Led by: Rijupatha
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations appreciated
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
The Generosity Kula invites everyone – each time time they come to Aryaloka – to bring one item for our collection boxes in the entryway. We are collecting non-perishable food items, personal care/cleaning products, or warm clothing items. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.

Path of Practice Group

Event Dates: Year-long monthly workshop series – 2nd Sunday of each month
January 11, 2015 – Sunday December 14, 2015

Register for this Event (please register for the full year by January 11, 2015)


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“If we want to make progress [on the Buddhist Path] and continue to make progress there must be a radical change… from the Path of Irregular Steps to the Path of Regular Steps.”  ~ Sangharakshita, p. 131, Guide to the Buddhist Path

Perhaps you set a goal for 2015 to ‘get serious’ about your practice.  Perhaps you want to make connections with others in our local sangha who are seriously committed to following a spiritual path. Perhaps you want to get your practice back on track.
Aryaloka will provide a program in 2015 to help you attain your goals. The Path of Practice is open to those who want to deepen their practice in 2015.  The Path of Practice will offer monthly meetings  on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:00 am and concluding at 1:00 pm.  The first meeting is Sunday, January 11.  Amala and Khemavassika will facilitate the series and they will be joined by various order members who will lead meetings.
What will each morning consist of? While each meeting will differ, shrine room practice will be important – meditation, puja.  Some mornings will feature sutta or sutra study, others may have a talk.  There will be the opportunity to share your experiences with others in thprogram.
Who can participate?  The series in open to order members, mitras and anyone who has come along to Aryaloka for a while and can commit to participating for the entire series.  This is key – we will create a spiritual community within a spiritual community, making it important to agree to participate consistently.
Please register with the office.  If you have questions, please contact Khemavassika, in Amala’s absence (Khemavassika@gmail.com).  Fees for the series are offered on a sliding scale fee – there is an option to pay for the series on a quarterly basis.

Photo Credit: Dh. Dharmasuri

Led by: Amala and Khemavassika
Times: Second Sunday of each month; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $480/$400/$320
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.

Vajra Bell – Winter 2012

Vajra Bell - Winter 2012In this issue:

  • “Getting Unblocked: Working with the Five Hindrances in Meditation” by Saddhamala
  • Reflections on 2011 from the Aryaloka Buddhist Center Council
  • “Releasing the Butterfly: Living with Impermanence” by Ashley Davis Bush
  • Movie Review: “Travelers and Musicians,” by Daniel Bush
  • Tom Gaillard shows that the year’s finances end on a positive note
  • Online Insight: The Best Buddhist Blogs
  • New additions at Buddhaworks, the Aryaloka bookstore
  • Men’s sangha spends a day with Asian culture at the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Upcoming arts events at Aryaloka
  • Sheila Groonell writes about the fun of contemplative movement
  • Poetry from our sangha members