Aryaloka Community: Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO)

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 22 December 2003.

Phone: 603-659-5456
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In 1985, several Buddhists from England were holding classes in Boston, Massachusetts. They wanted to open a retreat center to escape the noise and fast-pace life of the city. Together, they purchased land in Newmarket, NH and founded Aryaloka Buddhist Center. The center is affiliated with the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, a nonprofit, international group founded in 1967 by an English man named Sangharashita. The FWBO seeks to create supportive conditions for the effective practice of Buddhism in modern society.

Building and Space

The spacious facilities of Aryaloka Buddhist Center include: a meditation hall, a large multi-purpose room, two porches, a fully-equipped kitchen, furnished dormitory-style bedrooms, and 14 acres of woodland and walking trails. The building comfortably holds 40 people for non-overnight events and 22 for overnight. Aryaloka also offers optional full and partial vegetarian catering.


Aryaloka means "Noble Realm" in Sanskrit and their aim is to create the positive conditions needed to explore Buddhism in today's world. They welcome all who want to practice and integrate the dharma into their daily lives.

Activities and Schedule

Aryaloka offers a full schedule of classes ranging from introductory Buddhism workshops to intermediate meditation study groups. These weekly and monthly classes serve the local community of practicing Buddhists throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. Aryaloka also offers many retreats such as creativity weekends and ordination retreats for both men and women. They celebrate many festivals and rituals including Full Moon Puja, Padmasambhava Day, and Sangha Day. Along with these many events, Aryaloka also participates in a prison outreach program and is active with other religious communities in the New Hampshire area. Please visit their website for more detailed information on activities.


The ethnic composition of Aryaloka members is mostly Anglo-American, but also includes a small number of Asian and African-Americans. Members range in age from early twenties to seventies, with most between thirty and sixty. English is the language of common use.