Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: March 31, May 12, June 16  Join 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 […]

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Dates: July 7, August 18, September 8  Join 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 […]

Introduction to Meditation: Metta Bhavana

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 […]

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

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

Event date: Tuesday, November 14th, 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Kula: “A community of the heart; a group of people who come together for a shared purpose.” Aryaloka is more than its buildings and grounds, more than its classes and retreats. At the heart of Aryaloka is a community of people with a shared love […]

Tuesday Friends Nights

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 […]

Buddhist Recovery Meetings

Buddhist Recovery Meetings

Event Date: Thursdays, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Meeting weekly on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, the Buddhist Recovery Meetings take place at the Aryaloka Buddhist Center, at the building behind the domes, Akashaloka. Please note: The meetings on January 4 and 11 will be held in Aryaloka, not Akashaloka. The meetings are facilitated by […]

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, February 16, 2018 – Sunday, February 18, 2018 You can bring the power of mindfulness into your life by engaging in the practice of mindful eating. To transform your mind, health, and life, learn how to use three steps with food and the act of eating, using 2500-year-old wisdom from the Buddhist tradition. The three […]

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: February 9, 2018  Join 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 […]

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: March 2, 2018  Join 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 […]

Write Here, Write Now

Write Here, Write Now

Event Date: Sunday March 25, 2018 Beginning and experienced writers are invited to join Barbara Steiner for a day-long creative writing workshop at Aryaloka Buddhist Center. Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, we’ll write in response to exercises (which you are free to ignore) designed to help us bypass our inner critic and write […]

Mandala Evening: Celebrating Our Connection with Our Spiritual Home

Mandala Evening: Celebrating Our Connection with Our Spiritual Home

Event Date: Monday, March 26, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Once a quarter, the entire sangha will gather together at Aryaloka for an extra special, extra inspiring, community-building event. These Mandala Evenings are opportunities for all members of the sangha – Order members, Mitras, Friends – to gather together for collective practice, study, friendship, and rejoicing. Join […]

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: March 30, 2018  Join 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 […]

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

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

Event Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018 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 […]

The Water Element, The Paintings of John Sirois

The Water Element, The Paintings of John Sirois

Event Dates: Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7th, 3:00 – 5:00 Exhibition: April 7 -May 24, closed May 4 – 11 The Water Element will highlight our own vibrant New England spring with a group of thirteen paintings by the renowned artist John Sirois. Painting is a daily practice for John, and his exploration of color, texture, atmosphere […]

Friday Practice Evenings

Friday Practice Evenings

Event Date: April 20 and April 27, 2018  Join 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, […]

Bodhisattvas at Play: Spring Work Day Copy

Bodhisattvas at Play: Spring Work Day  Copy

Event Date: Sunday, April 22, 2017 Celebrate Earth Day at Aryaloka! Please join us for our spring work day on Sunday, April 22! This is a great chance to practice generosity and to work together with friends from the Aryaloka sangha to create beauty and harmony inside and outside. We will be doing trail work,  filling in […]

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Mindfulness: Get Started!

Event Dates: Sunday, April 29, 2018 Mindfulness is a skill that allows us to shift our relationship to the thoughts and reactions that color and shape the way we experience the events and circumstances of our lives. It can be practiced by anyone, whatever their religious or cultural background, is safe, easy to learn, and […]

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: May 25, 2018  Join 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 […]

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: June 1, 2018  Join 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 […]

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: June 15, 2018  Join 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 […]

Mandala Evening: Panel discussion with experienced meditation practitioners

Mandala Evening: Panel discussion with experienced meditation practitioners

Event Date: July 9 July’s Mandala evening will feature a panel of experienced meditation practitioners and teachers talking personally about their meditation practice. Each will share their experiences with meditation, including challenges they have faced and how their meditation practice has changed over time. After the panel talks about their own experiences, there will be time […]

Friday Practice Evening

Friday Practice Evening

Event Date: July 20, 2018  Join 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 […]

Regional Dharma Day Celebration 2018

Regional Dharma Day Celebration 2018

Event Date: July 21, 2018 Join us for an epic Dharma Day puja that will invite us to pay homage to the Dharma as it has arisen throughout time. The program will be a ritualized journey through the Three Yanas. We’ll begin with stories from the Pali Canon, followed by reading on the Six Paramitas and […]

The Journey and the Guide – An Intensive Exploration

The Journey and the Guide – An Intensive Exploration

Event Dates: Thursday, July 26 – Sunday, July 29, 2018 On this retreat we’ll explore the fundamental question ‘How do we make the most of our life?’ From the Buddhist perspective the answer to this question is to make progress towards Enlightenment – the quintessence of wisdom, energy and love. But what does that really mean and […]

Yoga and Meditation Weekend

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 […]

The Buddha and the Goddess of the Earth

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 […]

Meditate for Peace

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 […]

Yoga and Meditation Basics

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 […]

Meditation and Mindfulness, an introduction

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 […]

The Way of Kindness, an introduction to meditation

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 […]

Vegetarian Cooking Series | Vegetarian Basics

Vegetarian Cooking Series | Vegetarian Basics

Event Date/Time: September 22, 2-6pm Learn how to make nutritionally balanced and delicious meals with whole food. Topics will include questions about protein, carbs, veganism, vegetarian “meat”, processed food, gluten allergies, how to work with tofu, tempeh, and more. We will be working with the abundant harvest of the season, explore how to eat local […]

Transitional States: Reflecting on the Six Bardos

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 […]

Yoga and Meditation Weekend

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 […]

Milarepa: Transformation in the Wilderness

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 […]

Mother–Daughter Yoga and Meditation Weekend

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 […]

Spring Retreat: Deep Ecology and Elemental Transformation

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 […]

Mindful Eating and Yoga Retreat

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 […]