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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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Waking Up with Mindfulness

Event Dates: May 17-21


Looking for a way to go deeper in your meditation practice and your practice of mindfulness? This is the way!

The Buddha described Satipatthāna or Foundations of Mindfulness as the “direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of suffering and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Enlightenment.” 

Mindfulness practice and meditation can create a sense of calm and integration that is pleasurable, clarifying and spiritually transformative. On this retreat we will explore the first two of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness; teachings that center on our awareness of the body and feeling-tone. This simple, grounding mindfulness practice opens up a universe of potential! 

Schedule — *all times ET

8-10am Two sessions of silent meditation
11:30am-1pm Teaching session with led meditation*
4-4:30 Optional Q&A
4:30-6 Meditation and inspiration practice including readings and puja
*Teaching sessions will be recorded and available for later use if you have to miss a session.

This is a great opportunity to take some time for stillness and simplicity, and to learn from experienced practitioners. 

The Team — 

Dhammarati — Our special guest from Adhisthana in the UK, Dhammarati is a long-time practitioner and facilitator of the teachings of satipatthāna and anapanasati. He is Aryaloka’s new President (a mentor to the Board and the community generally). He is a senior member and a Preceptor of the Triratna Buddhist Order and has been practicing the Dharma since the early 70’s.

Amala has been studying and practicing meditation and Buddhism since the early 1970s. She has been practicing with the Triratna Buddhist 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. Her deep love of meditation illuminates her approach to teaching.

Satyada teaches from his heart, and the teachings of the Satipatthāna Sutta are core to his practice. He is Chair of the Aryaloka Board of Directors and an active facilitator of classes and workshops.

Sravaniya was ordained in 2003, having first encountered meditation and the Triratna Buddhist Community in the UK in 1978. His delight in meditation informs his communication of these teachings.

Suddhayu has been teaching meditation and Buddhism and leading retreats since 1998. He currently works full-time for Dharma initiatives as Chair at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center and Manager of Aryaloka. 

 

Aryaloka continues to run all events online and by donation – your generosity is making it possible for Aryaloka to stay afloat while we wait for regular programming to resume. Please give what you can, though if you can’t afford to make a donation, do let us know and we’ll sign you up for free. If you’d prefer not to book online you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. You’ll receive a Zoom link a few days before the retreat.

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Led by: Team
Times: May 17-21
Venue: Zoom
Fee: By Donation $50-$250 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.

A Statement of Solidarity and Compassion


A Statement of Solidarity and Compassion
March 2021

We are heartbroken by the stream of reports about acts of terror and harassment directed towards Asian, Asian American, Asian Canadian, and Pacific Islander communities. We stand against all forms of hatred towards people of Asian descent, and towards all People of Color, including Black and Indigenous peoples. 

Although this is an international phenomenon, (including incidents in Mexico and Canada), the reports of hate-based violence in the United States towards AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities over the last year, and in recent months and days, have been particularly distressing.

There are members of our communities who have been affected by this violence and hate, directly and indirectly. We wish to express our heartfelt solidarity and support to all those particularly impacted. 

Although present circumstances are new, we know that in the United States this is also a continuation of a long history of exclusion, marginalization, xenophobic scapegoating, and gendered stereotyping. This history is not often known and too seldom discussed, a silence which can further contribute to the pain of invisibilization (being made invisible). 

Grounded in our Buddhist values of non-harm, we wish to bring into being a more wise and compassionate world, where all beings are free from delusion, and where no one lives in fear. This includes a commitment to working with our own minds, working lovingly with each other and in our larger communities to free ourselves of racism in all its forms.

This is a personal statement from the following Order Members who are Triratna Center Chairs and Center Facilitators in the Americas.

Amala, Aryadrishti, Bodhikamala, Danadasa, Dayavasini, Dhivajri, Gunopeta, Karunakara, Manidha, Narottama, Padmatara, Prasadachitta, Saddhajoti, Samayasri, Satyada, Sravaniya, Suddhayu, Sunada, Taraprabha, Vajranatha, Vimalasara, Viryakirti.

Click here for a list of resources that a friend put together for Aryaloka.

Una Declaración de Solidaridad y Compasión

Marzo 2021

Estamos desconsolados por los reportes acerca de actos de terror y acoso dirigidos a las comunidades asiáticas, asiático-americanas, asiático-canadienses e isleñas del Pacífico. Nos oponemos a todas las formas de odio hacia las personas de ascendencia asiática, y hacia personas de color y de las diferentes etnias, incluyendo a personas indígenas. 

Aunque se trata de un fenómeno internacional (incluyendo incidentes en México y Canadá,), los informes de violencia basada en el odio en los Estados Unidos hacia las comunidades asiático americanas y de las islas del Pacífico (AAPI por sus siglas en inglés) han sido particularmente angustiantes durante el último año, así como en los últimos meses y días.

En nuestras comunidades algunos de nuestros miembros han sido afectados por esta violencia y odio, directa e indirectamente. Deseamos expresar nuestra más sincera solidaridad y apoyo a todos aquellos que han sido afectados de forma particular.

Aunque las circunstancias actuales son nuevas, sabemos que en los Estados Unidos esto también es una continuación de una larga historia de exclusión, de marginación y de chivos expiatorios, así como de xenofobia y estereotipos de género. Esta historia no se conoce a menudo y se discute muy pocas veces. Un silencio en estas condiciones puede contribuir aún más al dolor provocado por la invisibilización (el hecho de no ser visto).

Basados ​​en nuestros valores budistas fundamentados en no dañar, deseamos crear un mundo más sabio y compasivo, donde todos los seres estén libres de engaños y donde nadie viva con miedo. Esto incluye el compromiso de trabajar con nuestras propias mentes, trabajando con amor unos con otros y en nuestras comunidades más grandes para liberarnos del racismo en todas sus formas.

Esta es una declaración personal de los siguientes Miembros de la Orden que son Directores y facilitadores en los Centros Triratna en las Américas.

Amala, Aryadrishti, Bodhikamala, Danadasa, Dayavasini, Dhivajri, Gunopeta, Karunakara, Manidha, Narottama, Padmatara, Prasadachitta, Saddhajoti, Samayasri, Satyada, Sravaniya, Suddhayu, Sunada, Taraprabha, Vajranatha, Vimalasara, Viryakirti.

On Two Wings | Holding Love and Concern for the Earth

Event Dates: April 23-25


On Two Wings

Holding Love and Concern for the Earth

Holding both great love and great concern is a path that can lead us to wisdom and to joy. We can strengthen these two wings with awareness in nature. Nature is always with us, just as the Buddha and the possibility of awakening are always with us.  

This spring retreat, coinciding with Earth Day, continues our series on Dharmic responses to environmental crises. We will cultivate our depth of heart to experience upekkha, or the Brahmavihara of equanimity. We will also practice two joys: the joy of our experience in connection to nature and the joy of liberation that comes with honest awareness of reality. 

Our online retreat will include Brahmavihara meditations tailored to our experience of nature; a panel and group conversation on the joy of facing nature, even in its distress; a break for getting outdoors guided through recordings to take with you; and resources on ways to practice and learn and explore the nature/Dharma connection further.

Schedule: (all times ET)

Friday April 23, 7-8:30pm:  Intro to the theme and to each other, and ritual practice

Saturday April 24, 10am-3pm (including a long break for personal practice)

Sunday April 25, 10am-3pm (including a long break for personal practice)

 

Our retreat is inspired by the poem, Birdwings, by Rumi (translated version by Coleman Barks)

 

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror

up to where you’re bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,

here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.

If it were always a fist or always stretched open,

you would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence

is in every small contracting and expanding,

the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated

as birdwings.

 

The retreat team: 

Gunopeta has been for 40 years a homesteader, poet, and conservationist in Downeast Maine, where he continues to explore connections between environmental awareness and Buddhist practice.

Amala, co-chair of Aryaloka, has been delving into the ecological history of New England, American views about Nature, and training in permaculture and the Dharma path of joy in the face of it all. 

Viriyalila is an artist who enthusiastically applies creativity in her Dharma pursuits. She is passionate about learning how to be a better human in an ever-changing world.

Sravaniya is a musician, dharma-farer and teacher with a wide spectrum of interests. Sravaniya’s energies lie in the simple pursuit of trying to create a more beautiful and sustainable world for all living beings. 

Shraddhavani is a lifelong student of change (i.e., a historian) and a relative newcomer to the Dharma, tries to live and exemplify the wisdom in the adage “better late than never.”

Aryaloka continues to run all events online and by donation – your generosity is making it possible for Aryaloka to stay afloat while we wait for regular programming to resume. Please give what you can, though if you can’t afford to make a donation, do let us know and we’ll sign you up for free. If you’d prefer not to book online you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. You’ll receive a Zoom link a few days before the retreat.

 

Register for the event here

Led by: Team
Times: April 23-25
Venue: Online
Fee: Suggested Donation $50-$200
Level: Open to All
Directions: On Zoom Platform

* 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.

Welcoming Liberation A Space for Thriving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) Dharma and Community Connection


Welcoming  Liberation

A Space for Thriving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) Dharma and Community Connection.

Last Saturday of every month: 2 hours. Click here for more info and to reserve a space.

USA PST 09:00-11:00 | México 11:00-13:00 | USA EST 12:00-14:00 | IE &UK 17:00-19:00 | India 21:30-23:30 | Australia EST 02.00-04:00 (next day) | New Zealand 04.00-06:00

This is a gathering for people practicing the dharma, at any stage of that journey and experience and who also come from the richly diverse lived experiences of these intentionally welcomed identities: Black, Indigenous, and people of color inclusive of Asian/Pacific Islander, South East Asian, Native Hawaiian, Latinx, Arab/Middle Eastern, biracial, mixed heritage, multiracial, and any others identifying as non-white.

What is the space?
A monthly welcoming two-hour on-line international and intentional Triratna community space for:

  • Authentic connection and co-creating culturally diverse community (sangha)
  • Deepening dharma practice through meditation, reflection and real conversations
  • To practice welcoming, empathy, healing, wholeness, complexity, liberation and joy
  • Learning from each other and with a variety of BIPOC/BAME Triratna order members and community members
  • Making more possible genuine connection with the Triratna Buddhist community in this space, and beyond

We celebrate the multiplicity of “BIPOC/BAME” spaces in Triratna being offered by different Buddhist Centers. We hope many from those spaces will also benefit from this distinctly international space and that those looking for a space can find a home here

A Message of Unity and Awareness – Our Commitment to the Work of Racial Equality

Aryaloka has aspired to create a community that embodies what is best of our humanity. We cherish life and the qualities of awareness, kindness, compassion and freedom. We stand united in peace against the three poisons of greed, hatred and ignorance, in whatever form they may take through human behaviour. Racism is a manifestation of the poisons that continues to undermine the safety, opportunity and happiness of many people, and it is our responsibility as Buddhists to become aware of any racist tendencies in ourselves or in our communities, and do the work of understanding and uprooting those tendencies.

The recent police killing of George Floyd, along with increased awareness of this country’s history, both distant and recent, of oppression of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) has given rise to anger, outrage, grief and suffering in many all over the world. There is important attention being given to this area of human suffering through the momentum of the Black Lives Matter protests, anti-racism work, white allyship work, and other initiatives. 

It is particularly challenging at this time to not react with anger, fear and horrified anxiety; it might also be challenging at times to not look away from the problems. It is crucial that we look at the conditions that give rise to racist views and behaviour, and do what we can to change those conditions. As Buddhists we are fortunate in that we have many tools to help us in this work. The practice of the Metta Bhavana – the cultivation of loving-kindness – helps us to develop a kind heart, not just towards those we find easy to love, but towards those we find most challenging. We are committed to bring the love we have cultivated on the meditation cushion out into our everyday lives and treat all we encounter with kindness and compassion. This love is by its very nature, a counter to the momentums of hatred. As the Buddha said, “Not by hatred are hatreds ever pacified. They are pacified by love. This is the eternal law.” It is our practice as Buddhists to live the full meaning of those words in facing the pain in our communities  and finding a compassionate response.

2500 years ago, the Buddha wandered northeast India communicating his teachings and meeting all sorts of people. He received much respect and goodwill as well as some resistance and scorn. In forming his community, he eliminated all caste distinctions, and is often depicted as challenging caste assumptions. This was disruptive to the status quo. The Buddhist tradition disappeared from India in the 13th century, and did not see a significant revival until the 1950’s when Dr. Ambedkar composed the law that outlawed caste and led hundreds of thousands of ex-untouchables in conversion to Buddhism. Caste had been outlawed, but many were (and are) still abused with caste prejudice. Converting to Buddhism was a path of freedom from caste; a way to throw off the yoke of oppressive and cruel discrimination and find a community where the value and practice of kindness was a core tenet. 

Triratna’s founder, Sangharakshita, was in India at that time. Dr. Ambedkar died soon after the first mass conversion, and Sangharakshita did what he could to address the spiritual needs of the new Buddhists he had contact with, to help them form their new communities, and find a way to understand and practice Buddhist principles. The connections that Sangharkashita made persist to this day, and nearly half the population of our Order is in India. The lessons we learn from the examples of the Buddha, Dr. Ambedkar, and Sangharakshita in relation to social uplift, inform our ethos in building community at Aryaloka. 

To encourage a proactive response in understanding and undermining racist tendencies, we’ll be launching some relevant initiatives soon. We encourage all who participate in the Aryaloka community to take up this work however they can, and in times of difficulty, to find the touchstone of metta in their hearts. 

The Aryaloka Board – 

Alisha, Amala, Deb, Dharmasukta, Satyada, Singhatara, Suddhayu

Tuesday Evenings Online

Tuesday Friends’ Evenings Online — 

After having ‘met’ the historical Buddha, we turn now to archetypes of the Awakened Mind. What treasures are held in the wondrous imagery? What is sparked in our imagination, what opens for us, as we encounter the symbolism of this sacred Mandala?

Click Here to Join any Tuesday 7-8:30pm

For the time being, our Tuesday Friends’ Evenings will be online on Zoom from 7-8:30pm every week. This is a great opportunity to stay connected and find some inspiration. Led meditation, Dharma talks, and engaged discussion. All are welcome! By donation, $5-$15 suggested.

Click here to join.

Led by: Tuesday Friends’ Night Team
Times: Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
Venue: Aryaloka Zoom
Fee: Donations Appreciated, $5-$15 Suggested
Level: Open to All
Directions: Online on Zoom
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.

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

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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