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Date(s) - 18/01/2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


East Coast Regional Sangha Retreat: Change Your Mind — Change the World | The practice of transforming mind, heart and community

Buddhism works because our minds are changeable. The Buddha taught that the mind was not a fixed thing; the mind was more like an ever moving and responding network of habits and processes. It is because of this fluidity, that we can approach our minds as a work-in-progress, or even as living art, shifting from limiting and painful habits to expansive and gladenning momentums.

Buddhist teaching contains different models for understanding the mind and how to work creatively with our thoughts and emotions to become more skillful and inspired in how we live. Key to this understanding is to acknowledge our interconnection with the world we live in. This relationship is as fundamental and crucial as our every breath, and includes the whole of our history, family heritage, work, friends, consumer choices, politics etc.

On this retreat we’ll be exploring some core teachings concerning the mind and how to work with it, as well as exploring the relationship between our inner world and the outer; how changes to our mind can change our relationships and communities. Each day will include meditation, talks, small group discussion and meaningful ritual.

This retreat is for Triratna sangha members in the New England Region including Lubec, Portland (Nagaloka), Portsmouth, Aryaloka, Boston and NYC.

Schedule: (all times EST)

January 15-18, 2021

Friday 6:30-8pm

Saturday and Sunday 10am-1pm with optional 6:30-8pm sessions

Monday 10am-1pm

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If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you can email to make other arrangements. This event is by donation, $50-$250 suggested. Please give what you can — Aryaloka is being supported solely by donations during the pandemic. A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the event.


Dharmasuri, the name given in her 2006 ordination means “Heroine that embodies the path to Enlightenment.” Dharmasuri is actively involved with Nagaloka Buddhist Center in Portland, Maine where she spends her summers. She is part of the Coordination Team that supports the training for women mitras who have asked for ordination in North America. In the winter months Dharmasari lives on Amelia Island in Florida where she enjoys quiet solitude, metalsmithing, painting and long walks.

Sunada was ordained in 2004 and given her name which means “beautiful, excellent sounding”. It’s a reflection not only of her love of music, but also of spreading the beautiful teachings of the dharma. In addition to offering events at Aryaloka, she also co-leads the Boston Sangha, which meets in Arlington MA. She is a Certified Instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and teaches public classes in the Boston area, and also coaches individual clients in living more mindful, purposeful lives (

Sravaniya was ordained in 2003, having first encountered meditation and the FWBO (later the Triratna Buddhist Community) in the UK in 1978. His name, inspired by an episode in the biography of Milarepa, means “Delightful to listen to” or “Worthy of being heard.” Sravaniya works as a professional orchestral conductor and violinist, and co-facilitates the Boston Triratna group.

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 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 Ary