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 […]

Women in Buddhism: Icons of Liberation, Then and Now

Women in Buddhism: Icons of Liberation, Then and Now

Event Date/Time: August 17, 9am – 1pm Women’s history in Buddhism is unique. The Buddha was the only teacher of his time to ordain women, allowing them to participate fully in the spiritual community he was forming. This practice day explores the stories of historical women and feminine archetypes in Buddhism. How can women today […]

Inner and Outer Wilderness | Men’s Dharma Practice

Inner and Outer Wilderness | Men’s Dharma Practice

Event Date/Time: Aug 24, 9-1 Inner and Outer Wilderness | Men’s Dharma Practice Our Dharma practice days for men in the latter half of 2019 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, meditation […]

Meditation for a Peaceful Heart, an introduction

Meditation for a Peaceful Heart, an introduction

Event Date/Time: August 25, 10am – 4pm “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 […]

Kindling the Fire | A Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Kindling the Fire | A Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Date/Time: Sept 6, 7pm – Sept 8, 2pm Much of what we work with in spiritual life is the varied and sometimes unpredictable weather of our inner world. Finding consistent energy for yoga and meditation, as well as dealing with what comes up in practice, are challenges we all face. Sometimes we may feel […]

A Path of Awakening | an Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation

A Path of Awakening | an Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation

Event Date/Time: September 21, 10am – 4pm How do we practice Buddhism in the modern world? After 2500 years, the Buddha’s teaching is still relevant, radical, practical and fresh. This day workshop will give participants an introduction to the life and teachings of the Buddha, and all they need to begin their own practice! Basic […]

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 […]

From Samsara to Nirvana | How the Buddha’s Teachings on Conditionality Explain – Literally – Everything

From Samsara to Nirvana | How the Buddha’s Teachings on Conditionality Explain – Literally – Everything

Event Date/Time: Sept 27, 7pm – Sept 29, 2pm imasmiṃ sati idaṃ hoti imass’ uppādā idaṃ uppajjati imasmiṃ asati idaṃ na hoti imassa nirodhā idaṃ nirujjhati This being, that becomes. From the arising of this, that arises. This not being, that doesn’t become. From the ceasing of this, that ceases. “Wonderful, Lord, marvelous, Lord, is […]