Westchester Buddhist Center was formed in early 2009 from the inspiration to share the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist and Shambhala teachings and meditation practices of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche with friends and neighbors in Westchester County, New York. Learn more
COMING UP SOON!
FEB. 17-24 at Garrison Institute. “The Wisdom of Emotions.” In this intensive meditation retreat, daily talks and guided meditations will focus on how we encounter emotions, both on the cushion and in our daily lives. We will explore teachings flowing from 2,500 years of Buddhist tradition, inspired by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s presentation of dharma to western students. Learn more>
WINTER 2019 COURSE OFFERINGS
SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOUNDATION COURSE IN IRVINGTON
Continuing from Fall 2018, but open to all students.
At WBC, most students begin with our foundational series, “Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha.” Although Part II builds on the course offered in the Fall, it is open to all levels of students. We will focus especially on the techniques and stages of meditation and bringing meditation into our daily lives. The material will be presented in talks and group discussion. Drop-in attendance is welcomed. Class meets immediately after our regular 10:00 am public program and reception, (at 12:30) at Eileen Fisher Headquarters in Irvington.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERIES IN MOUNT KISCO
Continuing from Fall 2018; open to all levels of experience.
This series will follow the detailed presentation of the Hinayana or “Path of Individual Liberation” provided in the first volume of the recently published three-volume set, The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. These texts are a wonderfully edited compilation of ChögyamTrungpa Rinpoche's teachings given at thirteen years of annual three-month seminary programs for advanced students, recently made available for a broader audience in these volumes.
The topics covered in the Winter-Spring 2019 segment builds directly on those covered in Fall 2018 and include shamatha or the practice of mindfulness, the four foundations of mindfulness, vipashyana or the practice of awareness, the four noble truths, the path or journey, and the wisdom of egolessness. Trungpa Rinpoche’s presentation of the Hinayana emphasizes closely joining meditation with study
While meditation practice and dharma study are important, “retreating” from the speed of everyday life affords a rare opportunity to deepen our experience and understanding. In this intensive meditation retreat, daily talks and guided meditations will focus on how we encounter emotions, both on the cushion and in our daily lives. We will explore teachings flowing from 2,500 years of Buddhist tradition, inspired by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s presentation of dharma to western students.
Come join us for this intensive exploration! Learn more
NEW IN JANUARY 2019
THE SADHANA OF MAHAMUDRA
Group Practice and Study of a Traditional Sadhana
Second Monday of the Month starting January 14th
7:00 - 9:00PM
The Aligned Center, Irvington, NY
Westchester Buddhist Center will begin holding group practice of The Sadhana of Mahamudra, once a month, on the second Monday evening of the month, at the Aligned Center in Irvington. The Sadhana is a liturgical practice composed by Trungpa Rinpoche in 1968.
Historically, this practice has been offered to all meditation students in local meditation centers, since not long after its original composition.
We have initiated this regular practice of the Sadhana in recognition of its 50th anniversary. All are welcome to attend!
New book available by Nalanda Translation
Chögyam Trungpa: A New Book of Meditation Teachings
Songs of Experience – These newly translated teachings on meditation were given by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet, before he was 19. These meditation teachings are very personal words of advice, given directly by the teacher to the student, known as pith instructions. This tried and true method of transmission is to wake up the student to their own experience—as it is, on the spot. Learn more about the book at the Nalanda Translation Website here
Purchase the book from us here (only 12 copies available!) *This book will only be available for pick up at one of our meetings
To learn about mindfulness-awareness meditation, or just to refresh your home practice, click here to read our favorite in-depth instruction on the main meditation practice that we teach here at WBC.