Westchester Buddhist Center
Overview of the Curriculum


Westchester Buddhist Center offers a sequence of courses providing an overview of the Buddhist path from start to finish, as presented by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The curriculum is designed to guide students through the progression of topics that constitute the 3-yana, or gradual stage, view of Tibetan Buddhism, with an emphasis on joining intellectual understanding with meditation practice.

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For Fall 2019, we are offering: 

Sunday afternoons at Eileen Fisher headquarters in Irvington, 12:30-2:30 pm: 

Foundation Course:

A year-long foundational course in 3 semesters (Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020), “The Way of the Buddha.” Join us as we explore the authentic path of mindfulness-awareness meditation and insight as originally described by the Buddha and skillfully transmitted to the West by one of the great Tibetan masters of our time. We will cover such topics as the life of the Buddha, the birth of confusion and suffering, karma, and the path back to sanity, focusing on the techniques and stages of meditation and bringing meditation into our daily lives. Starts on September 22. Students may enroll for all three semesters, for one semester, or attend individual classes on a “drop-in” basis. Learn more >

Intermediate Course:

  • The conclusion of “The Path of Individual Liberation,” begun last year, based on Volume One of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In five sessions we will explore the Hinayana path in further detail and the structure of ego and egolessness as revealed by mindfulness-awareness meditation practice. Starts on Sunday September 15. Learn more >

  • The first semester of “The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion,” based on Volume Two of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. Topics include the cultivation of awakened heart, the bodhisattva vow, emptiness and compassion, bodhisattva activity and the paramitas—as always, with an emphasis on joining study with practice. Starts on October 20.

Completion of the foundational course, or equivalent familiarity with the Buddhist path and practice experience, is required to enroll in the intermediate-level course. In turn, completion of the intermediate course will allow students to progress to an advanced-level course. For the intermediate-level course, enrollment is by semester and a commitment to attend all or most class sessions is requested. 

Note that these course offerings follow Sunday morning activities (10:00 am-noon) at Eileen Fisher headquarters in Irvington: Dharma Gathering (meditation followed by dharma talk and Q&A) or Open Meditation/ “Learn-to-Meditate”, on alternate weeks.

Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm at The Aligned Center in Irvington:

  • Book discussion group – We will begin our fall semester with an exploration of the path of meditation using selected readings along with group discussion;

  • Selected Topics Course – This will be followed by a new course in our selected topics series, “The Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death, The Bardos,” Learn more >

Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm at The Center for Health & Healing in Mt. Kisco:

  • “The Open Path of Buddhadharma,” an ongoing series on the gradual stages of the path as presented by Chögyam Trungpa in The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, consisting of -

  • Introduction to Meditation – the first session of each semester features our “Learn to Meditate” program, with open mediation for seasoned practitioners;

  • Open House Dharma Gatherings – a series of talks on selected topics supporting the path of meditation and study, once every four weeks;

  • Discovering the Heart of Wakefulness - A series of talks on the remaining Wednesday evenings focusing on the path of the bodhisattva as presented in Volume Two of TheProfound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma—The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion. Topics include the cultivation of awakened heart, the development of wisdom-compassion, and the paramitas or transcendent activities of the bodhisattva. As always, our presentation emphasizes joining study with practice.