Event Dates: Sept 25-27 (EDT) *see times below

We need protection at all times. Perhaps right now we need it more concretely: pandemic, protests, election, injustices.

How can Buddhist teachings help us meet this moment courageously?

How can the wondrous and imaginative forms of three Bodhisattvas inspire our practice and support compassionate action?

This online retreat will explore these questions in the context of the third panel of Courageous Conversations About Race, with a focus on the Three Protectors:

Avalokitesvara – the embodiment of selfless compassion

Manjushri – archetype of awakened wisdom

Vajrapani – paragon of energy.

The language of finding protection or refuge is deeply embedded in the Buddhist sense of spiritual life. To help us find resonance with this deeper current of our hearts, we’ll engage in:

Compassion-focused meditation

Discussion around what is presently alive and urgent for us, individually and collectively

Energising ritual and mantra practice

Program – (all times EST)


7:00-9:00pm Finding a Home in the Mandala: Refuge and Transformation

Saturday (two sessions)

2-4pm Courageous Conversations About Race

5-7:30pm The Deeper Currents of Our Hearts


10:30am-1:30pm Practicing with the Bodhisattvas – Inner and Outer work

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. You’ll receive a Zoom link a few days before the retreat. Please note: Courageous Conversations About Race requires pre-registration at this link.

Cost: By Donation, $25-$250 Suggested

Led By: Ananta, Hridayashri and Suddhayu

Dh Ananta is a mindfulness and social change advocate, passionate about helping people find purpose and the resources they needs to live fulfilling lives. He believes in the power of a calm and loving mind, the bonds of community and simple empowerment tools to bring about change in oneself and the world.

Ananta has practiced mindfulness and loving kindness meditations for over twenty-five years, including three years of retreat time. He has practiced these as samatha (calming) meditations, and as vipassana (insight) meditations, along with various other insight practices and reflections, including numerous Tibetan-style visualisations. He took ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2007 during a four-month retreat in Spain. He has a keen interest in integrating meditation and Buddhist teachings into social action and has worked with international Buddhist non-profits, raising funds for and managing multi-million dollar social programmes with marginalised Indian and Nepali communities, and indigenous Himalayan people. His work with the United Nations in Kenya, Myanmar (Burma) and New York has focused on young people’s empowerment and engagement in their societies. He has taught meditation and Buddhist practice in London, Sao Paolo, Nairobi, Yangon and New York, including leading retreats. He is 200-hour certified as a BodhiYoga teacher, and a qualified MBSR teacher with Brown University.

Dh Hridayashri started coming along to the San Francisco Buddhist Center in 2005. Inspired by the Buddha’s enlightenment and a desire to see for herself, she found a loving and vibrant sangha and dharma home there. She was ordained in 2013 by our beloved Suvarnaprabha who passed away later that year. Her name means “radiant heart”. She has taught meditation and Buddhism to many who have come through the red doors of the SFBC and over the years has been involved in many aspects of helping to run the center. In 2019 she moved out of the city and into a rural community home built by several sangha members that care take the Dharmadhara retreat center nearby. She enjoys the support of her new country life, which brings stillness, simplicity, and contentment.

Dh Suddhayu developed an interest in Eastern thought and meditation as a teenager. In 1992 he attended a life-changing meditation retreat at Aryaloka. Soon after, he moved in to the residential community there, where he lived for the next eight years, exploring his love of Dharma, meditation and community. He lived in England for six months where he worked for a Buddhist Right Livelihood project, and attended a four month retreat in the mountains of Spain where he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In the new century, Suddhayu married Lona Kovacs and co-founded Touching Earth Farm CSA and Portsmouth Buddhist Center. He has been teaching meditation and Buddhism workshops and leading retreats since 1998. He currently works full-time for Dharma initiatives as Chair at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center and Manager of Aryaloka.

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Ananta, Dh Hridayashri and Dh Suddhayu
Times: Sept 25-27, see times above
Venue: Zoom
Fee: Suggested Donation $25-$250
Level: Some experience of Buddhist practice helpful
Directions: Online on Zoom

* 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.