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.

Yoga and Meditation Weekend

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


Description

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

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

 

Click here to register for this event

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

The Buddha and the Goddess of the Earth

Event Dates: Dec 21, 10 – 4


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

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

Register for the event here

image detail from House of the Golden Bracelet, Pompei

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

Winter Stillness: The Diamond Sutra | a meditation retreat

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


Winter Stillness: The Diamond Sutra | a meditation retreat

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

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

Image detail from Konjikido in Snow, Hiraizumi 1957

Register for the event here

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

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Meditate for Peace

Event Dates: January 1, 2020


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

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

Schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

Yoga and Meditation Basics

Event Dates: January 11, 10 – 4


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

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

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

Register for the event here

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

Inner and Outer Wilderness | Men’s Dharma Practice

Event Dates: January 12, 1–5pm


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

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

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

Feb 29, 9-1: The Dakini

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

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

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

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

July 24-26: Men’s Weekend Retreat

Learn more about the Dakini here and here.

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

Meditation and Mindfulness, an introduction

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


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

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

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

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

Register for the event here

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

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

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


Join us for our annual gathering and celebration of sangha!

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

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

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

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

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

The Way of Kindness, an introduction to meditation

Event Dates: January 25, 10-4


“Even as a mother protects with her life

Her child, her only child,

So with a boundless heart

Should one cherish all living beings”

from the Karaniya Metta Sutta

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

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

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

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

Transitional States: Reflecting on the Six Bardos

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


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

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

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

Image detail from The Green Lantern by Warwick Goble

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

Led by: Dh Viriyalila
Times: Feb 7, 7pm to Feb 9, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/230/155
Level: Open To All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Yoga and Meditation Weekend

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


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

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

Click here to register online.

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

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

excerpt from the Nalaka Sutta trans. by Olendzki

painting detail ‘early autumn’ by Qian Xuan

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Led by: Dh Amala and Dh Narottama
Times: March 4, 7pm to March 8, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $340/$260/$180
Level: Experienced
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Milarepa the Enlightened Yogi, a retreat for Triratna Order Members

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


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

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

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

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

Image detail of Milarepa by the 10th Karmapa

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Milarepa: Transformation in the Wilderness

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


Studying, contemplating and meditating on the Dharma according to the Tibetan yogi Milarepa.

Please join us as we welcome guest-teacher Dh Kamalashila for an engaging weekend of meditation and Dharma reflection with the works of the great Buddhist master Milarepa!

A message from Kamalashila: “The Life of Milarepa was the first Buddhist book I read. As a twenty year old it made me feel that, somehow, I wanted to be like that. Milarepa’s example inspired me — in a naive way no doubt, but still it influenced some major life choices that eventually gave me important spiritual experiences. So I feel he has been a great teacher for me. And it’s a very appealing idea to spend retreat time with some of you, meditating in his presence as we evoke Milarepa through the impact of his teachings. What Milarepa teaches comes straight from his experience, and the experiences he has — most of them at any rate—we all have as well. He just looks at them more closely. Milarepa’s a very human being who practices incredibly wholeheartedly: it’s infectious and joyous, too.”

image detail of Milarepa, unknown artist, circa 1600-1699

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

Led by: Dh Kamalashila
Times: April 24, 7pm to April 26, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/230/155
Level: Experienced
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Mother–Daughter Yoga and Meditation Weekend

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


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

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

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

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

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Spring Retreat: Deep Ecology and Elemental Transformation

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

Mindful Eating and Yoga Retreat

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


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

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

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

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

What participants have said about the workshop

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

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

About the instructors:

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

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

 

Register for the event here

 

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

Dhyana, Step by Step | a weekend retreat with Bodhipaksa

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


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

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

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

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

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.