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Shutdown Samsara! An Everyday Path to Nirvana

Tue, 5 Jan, 2021 - 16:07

Shutdown Samsara! An Everyday Path to Nirvana

Tue, 5 Jan, 2021 - 16:07

There are many opportunities in the Seacoast Area for online Dharma practice. As we continue to navigate the difficulties of pandemic shutdown, let’s shutdown the cycle of suffering with meditation, inspiring teachings, and loving community! This winter — break the wheel!

Aryaloka Tuesday Friends’ Evenings: The Buddha Then, Awakening Now — For the Winter of 2021 we’ll be exploring important themes from the life of the Buddha, discovering how his example informs and inspires our own journey now. The life of the...

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Samsara Hacks — Dharma for Everyday Life and Liberation

Fri, 1 Jan, 2021 - 22:32

Samsara Hacks — Dharma for Everyday Life and Liberation

Fri, 1 Jan, 2021 - 22:32

Ongoing Sundays 10-11:15am EST

The teaching of the Buddha, known as the Dharma, is not meant for dusty bookshelves. The Dharma is a living practice that is renewed every moment in the minds and hearts of those who live by this wisdom. Samsara is the cycle of life and death in which we wander. Each week we’ll hear of favorite approaches to modern Dharma practice, finding ways to relieve suffering in ourselves and the world, to break the cycle of...

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Transform Your Life With Meditation

Fri, 1 Jan, 2021 - 19:56

Transform Your Life With Meditation

Fri, 1 Jan, 2021 - 19:56

A four-week online course on Monday evenings, Jan 11 to Feb 1, 6:30–8pm EST

Meditation 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! 

In this introductory meditation workshop we will explore the Buddha’s teaching of mindfulness, generally as a living principle, and more specifically as a meditation practice. Participants...

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Touching Earth: Buddhist Approaches for Care of Nature

Fri, 6 Nov, 2020 - 17:19

Touching Earth: Buddhist Approaches for Care of Nature

Fri, 6 Nov, 2020 - 17:19

This online retreat offers an in-depth opportunity to cultivate a Dharmic view of the linked environmental crises currently facing all living beings – in the air, in the sea and on the earth.

•We will explore relevant Buddhist teachings and their implications for our lives today.

•We will meditate and reflect together on our actions and our options, creating a safe space for turning towards the reality of the situation and the emotions that arise.

•We will approach the topic through the arts, with music and...

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Heart of Glass: How to Live and Help in a World that Breaks Your Heart

Thu, 5 Nov, 2020 - 15:24

Heart of Glass: How to Live and Help in a World that Breaks Your Heart

Thu, 5 Nov, 2020 - 15:24

Sundays, 10am-11am EST, Nov 8th–Dec 27th

One of the beautiful mysteries of kindness, is that through our vulnerability we become stronger. Fear, hatred and craving contract the heart and leave us feeling heavy, in pain and exhausted. Kindness frees us, and brings the energy and courage to face life’s difficulties. Kindness opens the door to friendship and community. Through kindness we learn that we are not alone in this, that we can embody the best qualities of our humanity, and that...

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Meditate for Peace Election Day

Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 - 15:56

Meditate for Peace Election Day

Tue, 3 Nov, 2020 - 15:56

As the intensity of election season comes to its apex on November 3rd, there will be two opportunities to join together and meditate. Whether you need some time to recollect yourself, to de-stress, or to just be with other peaceful folk, please feel free to join us.

At 12:00pm: at Portsmouth Junior High School or on Zoom –
Join the Portsmouth Buddhist Center as they gather to sit outside the Portsmouth Ward 2 polling place (the Junior High School, next to...

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The Buddha and the Goddess of the Earth – an introduction to buddhism and meditation through the nature symbolism of the Buddha’s story

Sun, 25 Oct, 2020 - 14:52

The Buddha and the Goddess of the Earth – an introduction to buddhism and meditation through the nature symbolism of the Buddha’s story

Sun, 25 Oct, 2020 - 14:52

A four-week online course on Monday evenings, Nov 9-30, 6:30-8pm (EDT)

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 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...

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Big Problems, Big Compassion | the inner and outer work of spiritual transformation and social change

Mon, 7 Sep, 2020 - 15:08

Big Problems, Big Compassion | the inner and outer work of spiritual transformation and social change

Mon, 7 Sep, 2020 - 15:08

Big Problems, Big Compassion | the inner and outer work of spiritual transformation and social change

A five week course on Zoom, Monday evenings 6:30-8pm (EST), Sept 21-Oct 19

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The Buddhist tradition is rich in teachings that help to work with suffering and difficult mental states. The First Noble Truth of the Buddha’s teaching is that life is inherently difficult. We are currently living through events that affect most of us in painful ways. Whether we have been...

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What can a Buddhist do about Racism?

Sun, 14 Jun, 2020 - 19:12

What can a Buddhist do about Racism?

Sun, 14 Jun, 2020 - 19:12

*This is a message being sent to our sangha that we also wanted to post here.*

At the beginning of April our chair, Suddhayu, wrote to encourage us to find opportunities for personal transformation in working with the emotions arising in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The violent police killing of George Floyd, within the  larger context of many such murders, and the intense national (and international) focus on racism of the past two weeks also give rise to strong emotions. For...

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Getting Ready - New Shrine Backdrop

Fri, 12 Jun, 2020 - 21:06

Getting Ready - New Shrine Backdrop

Fri, 12 Jun, 2020 - 21:06

In March, right around the Spring Equinox, we were to be opening up our new Center just as the coronavirus took hold of our community. Like everyone else, we moved our programming online. As spring moves into summer we decided to start step more into our space with some of our programs being streamed from the shrine room.

Next weekend, on the Summer Solstice, we are hosting a community gathering (online) to dedicate the shrine room and celebrate our connection with one another. For this...