Meditation

Meditation is central to Buddhism as a way to cultivate proper mental states and develop insight, and meditation classes and retreats are a way to immerse oneself into its benefits.

We have meditation programs for all levels, from introductory classes for those who have never meditated before to serious practice sessions for experienced practitioners.

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Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: March 31, May 12, June 16


 Practice EveningJoin us for a session of collective practice, including meditation, chanting, and a special puja on the Fridays closest to the full moon. Most evenings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Evenings that include a full moon puja are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Friday Practice Evening Schedule:
March 31: Practice Night
May 12 Practice Night
June 16: Practice Night
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.

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: July 7, August 18, September 8


 Practice EveningJoin us for a session of collective practice, including meditation, chanting, and a special puja on the Fridays closest to the full moon. Most evenings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Evenings that include a full moon puja are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Friday Practice Evening Schedule:
July 7: Practice Night
August 18: Practice Night
September 8: Practice Night
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.

Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

Event Dates: Saturday, July 15, 2017


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

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

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.
Led by: Dh. Narottama
Times: Saturday, July 15th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $65/50/35
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.

* 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.

Open Meditation Sessions

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


DSC_0119 Are you looking for more opportunities to meditate with others or for help maintaining a regular meditation practice? Join us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings for open meditation sessions, followed by time for discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend. Some guidance will be provided for those new to meditation, but anyone looking for an in-depth introduction to meditation is recommended to take one of our weekend Introduction to Meditation workshops or four week Introduction to Meditation courses. The open meditation sessions will not be held when retreats are in session. There is no fee for these sessions, but donations are appreciated. No registration required. (more…)

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.

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: February 9, 2018


 Practice EveningJoin us for a session of collective practice, including meditation, chanting, and a special puja on the Fridays closest to the full moon. Most evenings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Evenings that include a full moon puja are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Friday Practice Evening Schedule:

January 5
February 9
March 2
March 30
April 20

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.

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: March 2, 2018


 Practice EveningJoin us for a session of collective meditation. Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Friday Practice Evening Schedule:
March 2
March 30
April 20
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.

Transform Your Self and World with Loving-kindness Meditation

Event Date: Saturday, March 24


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

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

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. Narottama
Times: Saturday, March 24th  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $70/55/30
Level:Open to All

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: March 30, 2018


 Practice EveningJoin us for a session of collective practice, including meditation, chanting, and a special puja on the Fridays closest to the full moon. Most evenings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Evenings that include a full moon puja are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Friday Practice Evening Schedule:

January 5
February 9
March 2
March 30
April 20

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.

Tools for Living in Harmony: Teachings and Practices from the Buddha

Event Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018


390412183_79312d14a8_o (1)In this half day workshop we will explore several fundamental teachings of the Buddhist tradition. We’ll cover such topics as Who was the Buddha? What is the goal of Buddhism? How does one practice as a Buddhist?

Commonly heard teachings such as the Four Noble Truths will be explored in the framework of the Threefold Path: Ethics, Meditation, Wisdom. We will investigate the strong emphasis on ethics in Buddhism and how meditation fits in to it, along with core teachings such as the Middle Way.

There is always far more to explore than we can ever cover in our time together. We will emphasize those teachings that can be put into practice and that relate to our daily lives.

Included in the classes will be presentations, question & answer time, discussion and a short meditation.

Click here to register online.

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

Led by: Dh. Singhatara
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $70/55/30
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.

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.

Meditation Practice Day

Event Dates: Saturday, April 14, 2018


Come and experience a day of silence and meditation. This meditation practice day is a chance to meditate in supportive conditions: stillness, silence, and in the company of like-minded friends. Enjoy meditation in Aryaloka’s beautiful shrine room, circumambulate the stupa on an early spring day, sit quietly with a cup of tea during breaks. A minimum donation of $20 is requested to offset the costs of the day; more than $20 is gratefully accepted. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the pot luck lunch.

You may register online here.

Or register by calling the office between 9 am and 3 pm, M-F, 603-659-5456.

This meditation practice day is suitable for anyone who knows the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (Loving-Kindness) meditation practices. Those brand new to meditation and looking for an introduction would find one of our introductory courses or workshops more appropriate as a starting point.

Led by:  Narottama and Lilisiddhi
Times:  9 am – 4 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Dana
Level: Experienced
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.

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Date: April 20 and April 27, 2018


 Practice EveningJoin us for a session of collective practice, including meditation, and chanting. Most evenings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Friday Practice Evening Schedule:

January 5
February 9
March 2
March 30
April 20

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.

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.

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: May 25, 2018


 Practice EveningJoin us for a session of collective practice. Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Upcoming Practice Nights:
June 1 and June 15
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.

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: June 1, 2018


 Practice EveningJoin us for a session of collective practice. Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Upcoming Practice Night: June 15
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.

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: June 15, 2018


 Practice EveningJoin us for a session of collective practice. Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

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.

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: July 20, 2018


 Practice EveningJoin us for a session of collective practice. Each evening includes a combination of meditation (either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana practices) with some minimal explanation for any newcomers, a short reading, and some chanting, followed by a short relaxing period of tea.

Everyone who is familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices are welcome to attend. No registration required.

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.

Tuesday Evenings Online

Dear Friends,
As you likely know, we have ceased all in-person gatherings at Aryaloka until further notice.
For the time being, our Tuesday Friends’ Evenings will be online from 7-8:30pm every week. This is a great opportunity to stay connected and find some inspiration. All are welcome! By donation.
Click here to join.


Spring Retreat: Deep Ecology and Elemental Transformation – Now Online!

Event Dates: May 29, 30 and 31 (see details below)


During these times of ‘staying at home’ and physical distancing there are nonetheless many ways to experience interconnectedness. Buddhist teachings help us understand how our existence is contingent upon the existence of infinite other beings and elements. We truly do not live alone. Every one of us is a ‘fruit’ or a coalescence of countless conditions and processes arising together. How amazing!

On this retreat we will explore interconnectedness through the six traditional elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space, and Consciousness. We’ll contemplate and experience the qualities of each element ‘out there’ and within ourselves. We’ll learn the Stupa meditation practice based on the elements; this practice helps us to feel whole, connected, and integrated within ourselves and with the world. In truth, there is no boundary or difference between ‘in here’ and ‘out there’. It is also possible to glimpse the boundless and limitless dimensions of reality through deep contemplation of the elements.

Shall we go there together?

Experience of connectedness encompasses a vast continuum of what it is to be alive. We may become more attuned to the practical details of what and how we eat, how we as humans are supported by the earth’s resources, why our actions matter. One of the sessions will focus on practical aspects of how we live and how we can support the health of this interconnected system.

‘Just as the earth and other elements are of service to the infinite number of beings inhabiting limitless space, so may I become that which maintains all beings situated throughout space so long as all have not attained to peace.’

The retreat takes place on Zoom in five 2 hour sessions over one weekend. All times EST, however participation from other time zones is welcome if it is possible for you.

Friday May 29, 6-8pm

Saturday May 30, 9-11am and 6-8pm

Sunday May 31, 9-11am and 6-8pm

There will be suggested ‘elemental’ outdoor activities to do in between the times we are together online. Participation in all five sessions is ideal, however if you cannot make all five, please contact me and we’ll work something out: Amala@aryaloka.org.

The retreat is led by Dharmacharini Amala. She finds the merging of Buddhist teachings with element-based practices particularly inspiring and has led numerous retreats and courses around the theme.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. We’ll send the Zoom link for the event just prior.

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Amala
Times: May 29, 30 and 31 (see times above)
Venue: Online
Fee: By Donation $1-$200 suggested
Level: Open to All
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.

Mindful Eating and Yoga Retreat – Now Online!

Event Dates: Self-paced, the month of June 2020


Mindful eating changes how the brain works by changing neural pathways that can transform your mind, health, and life! Now you can learn about mindful eating from the comfort of your home. You can 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 by participating in this self-paced online retreat.

Experience how any meal can become a centering act, nourishing the body in ways that go beyond the nutrients on the plate. The online retreat will allow you to practice being mindful with food, engage in movement to support self-care, self-kindness, health, joy, and peace.

This program discusses three common obstacles to mindfulness and mindful eating and provides 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.

Online Program

This program will be available for the month of June; participants can proceed at their own pace. The link will be sent June 1st upon registration.

8 Modules which offer video instruction

Handouts

Worksheets

Self-paced mindful eating, meditation, and gentle movement activities

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.

*If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite, you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements.

Register for the event here

Led by: Megrette Fletcher and Kathleen Costello
Times: Self-paced the month of June 2020
Venue: Online
Fee: Suggested Donation $1-$300
Level: Open to All
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.

Dhyana, Step by Step | a weekend retreat with Bodhipaksa – NOW ONLINE

Event Dates: June 27 and 28, 9:30am-12:30pm (EDT)


This event will take place on Zoom on Saturday and Sunday morning, 9:30 to 12:30 both days.

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 to make other arrangements. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

painting detail from Fahai Temple mural, China

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Led by: DH Bodhipaksa
Times: June 27 and 28, 9:30am to 12:30pm both days
Venue: Zoom
Fee: By Donation $1-$200 suggested
Level: Experienced
Directions: N/A

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: July 15, 7pm to July 19, 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, Dh Narottama and Dh Sunada
Times: July 15, 7pm to July 19, 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.

Freedom Beyond Fear: The Dakini in the Cremation Ground | a Dharma Practice Weekend for Men

Event Dates: July 24, 7pm to July 26, 2pm


“When you are free from the concepts of meditator and meditation object and never lose sight of your innate nature, that is the sign that you have met the mother of luminosity”*

On this retreat we’ll focus on two potent symbols from the Vajrayana tradition: the Cremation Ground– a place where we face our fear, our mortality, our demons, and where courage and confidence arise; and the Dakini– the energies arisen and transformed in the cremation ground, wholly devoted and in full-blooded service to the Dharma.

Are you willing to enter the Cremation Ground and be transformed by (and into) the Dakini?

As our practice becomes more embodied through living out the great Wisdom teachings of the Buddhist tradition, we inevitably change and discover new dynamics within our inner worlds. We will encounter new experiences of emotional energy, meditative consciousness, and insight. Buddhist teaching has different ways of approaching and talking about these experiences. Some of these teachings appear more psychological in nature, whereas others utilize the language of poetry, myth and symbolism. The fascinating and deep symbolism that we discover in the Cremation Ground and the Dakini is a wonderful gateway into the deeper currents in our hearts.

We will explore these themes with a program of meditation, engaging discussion, and meaningful ritual. We will also be ritually installing the large, stone statue of the Dakini that was gifted to Aryaloka. (Participants are expected to cultivate their inner Dakini enough to lift the mighty statue easily into place, but if you’re having an off day there will be many ways to contribute to the placement of the statue that will not involve lifting!)

Lodging and vegetarian meals are included in the cost. Camping is welcome for those who prefer to tent. If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456.

*Edited excerpt from ‘Dakini Teachings’ – luminosity is a poetic rendering of Dharmata.

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Led by: Dh Ananta and Dh Suddhayu
Times: July 24, 7pm to July 26, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/$230/$155
Level: Open to All Men
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.