In April of 2002 a small group of individuals gathered here in Portland, Maine, for an introductory class on Buddhism. It was led by Manapa, a member of the Western Buddhist Order. Since that time this spiritual community (Sangha) has grown enough to provide our own meeting place, Nagaloka Buddhist Center, in Portland (see map). We continue to be affiliated with the Triratna Buddhist Community), which also has a retreat center (Aryaloka) in Newmarket, NH.
Nagaloka provides an opportunity for individuals to explore and practice Buddhism with meditation and study. We base our practice on generosity, compassion and awareness.
We teach two types of Meditation practices:
- Mindfulness of Breathing to calm the body and still the mind.
- The Metta Bhavana to develop and cultivate loving kindness for oneself and all beings.
In 1967 Sangharakshita founded Triratna in England after his return from more than 20 years in India practicing Buddhism. The Triratna approach to the practice of Buddhism draws on all the schools: the Theravada, the Mahayana, and the Vajrayana.
The historical Buddha lived 2500 years ago. Since that time various schools of Buddhism have developed. Through the Buddha’s teachings (Dharma), individuals learn how to open their hearts and grow in self-awareness and compassion. The Dharma is based on generosity, compassion and awareness.