Aryaloka News

Volunteer Profile — Meet Betsy!

Betsy Cadbury was a meditator in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class when she learned of Aryaloka Buddhist Center (ABC) from a fellow meditator.  She registered for a ten-day ABC Noble Silence retreat in 2012.  She became a Triratna Mitra in February 2016 and requested consideration for ordination in the Triratna Order in August 2017.  She attended a retreat at Brockton, Ontario with Thích Nhất Hạnh in 2018 and has attended several Noble Silence retreats and other retreats and workshops at ABC.

While Betsy enjoys all of her mitra studies, the Heart Sutra has particular resonance for her.  She is currently part of a book group studying Anam Thubten’s commentary on the Heart Sutra, The Fragrance of Emptiness.

Volunteer Profile: Meet Roddy!

When Roddy Cole first visited Aryaloka Buddhist Center (ABC) in 2015, she knew that something shifted inside of her, but it was hard to define because she wasn’t sure what she was searching for or even clear what her questions might be.  But that first visit was like a balm, and she continued to return to ABC on Tuesday evenings and participated in several ABC retreats.  She became a Triratna Mitra in January 2017.  She loved her first year of mitra studies and looked forward to going deeper into Dharma study with the women’s mitra group.  Mitra training continues to be both enriching and challenging for her.

From her mitra training, Roddy’s favorite text remains The Bodhicaryāvatāra.  She is deeply moved by the beautiful verse of Śāntideva and the sublime commitment to bring an end to all suffering.  She finds her teachers to be endlessly generous with their time and wisdom.

Eight Step Recovery Group on Zoom!

Triratna NY-NJ is starting an Eight Step Recovery Meeting. Open to anyone who identifies as being in recovery from addiction, habitual behaviors and obsessive tendencies. We focus on the Buddhist Teachings to overcome addiction. Great supplement to 12-step recovery programs.

Based on the book: Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, by Dr. Vimalasara Mason-John (hon.doc) and Dr. Paramabandhu Groves PhD

Meeting day and time: Wednesdays on Zoom 7 - 8:30pm EDT Starting 07 September 2022

More info and sign up here:

Eight Step Recovery: exploring addiction and recovery through the lens of Buddhism — Triratna NY • NJ

Volunteer Profile: Meet Deb!

Deb Seavey first came to Aryaloka Buddhist Center (ABC) in January 2014.  She became a Triratna Mitra in November 2015.  In November 2016, she made a pilgrimage to India where she met many Indian Triratna Order Members and was inspired by the impact that the Triratna Buddhist Order (TBO) has on the lives of Indian people.  In March 2017, she requested consideration for ordination and began training for ordination in and by the TBO.

Deb has many favorite Dharma books.  Recently The Inconceivable Emancipation by Sangharakshita has inspired her.  Her fellow sangha members, their practices, and the impacts that they are having on the ABC community and, by extension, the world, also inspire her.

Welcome to our Newest Mitra, Martha!

Martha Stolzer of Portsmouth became a mitra this past week during Aryaloka’s Sangha Night. I was delighted to conduct the ceremony with Aryaloka’s and Martha’s friends and family present.

Martha has been coming around to Aryaloka for more than two decades. I first remember meeting her at a retreat with Maitreyabandhu in 2018. She came to Aryaloka seeking spiritual refuge from her life struggles, attending classes and retreats. At the start of the pandemic, she dived more deeply into the Dharma, attending Sangha Night regularly online. After attending a day on spiritual friendship and witnessing another mitra ceremony recently, she decided to declare her wish to live and practice Buddhism as part of our Sangha. 

Please join me in welcoming our newest mitra. You can reach her at

With metta and mudita,


Entering the Mythic Realm —  An Exhibition of Paintings by Deb Seavey

Entering the Mythic Realm —  An Exhibition of Paintings by Deb Seavey

“This show is a collection of colorful paintings of beings who inhabit a mythic realm — Buddhas, Bodhisattva’s, and apsara. With these paintings, I am hoping to inspire connection with these archetypes, the attributes they embody and the realm they inhabit within the human experience.” 

The pieces will be up between September 22nd and November 14th. Email to schedule a viewing, or stop by any Tuesday between 5-7pm. Opening reception Oct 15, 3-5pm.

Volunteer Profile: Meet Dayalocana!

Dayalocana first came to Aryaloka Buddhist Center (ABC) in January 1989 through a class on meditation and Buddhism taught in Concord, New Hampshire, by Manjuvajra, an Order Member of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (the FWBO), which was the predecessor of the Triratna Buddhist Community (the TBC).  Manjuvajra invited the class to attend a day retreat on Padmasambhava at ABC, and Dayalocana has been attending ABC events ever since.