A Westchester Buddhist Center Foundation Level Course

Mt. Kisco


A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

A Six Week Course based upon the book by Ani Pema Chödrön


Six Wednesdays (7 - 9 pm)

Nov. 2 - Dec. 14

No meeting Nov. 23 due to Thanksgiving Week

Location: Center for Health & Healing, 4 Smith Avenue, 2nd floor, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549

* Suggested Donation: $90


Prerequisite: Completion of part one of this course, or the equivalent with the teacher’s permission. Please fill out the form below.

For those who want to join this course please email Derek by filling out the form below.

Please purchase the book “How to Meditate” by Pema Chödrön before the first meeting.




This six-week workshop style course will build on the first course and complete the material presented in the book. Like the first part, it will consist of guided meditation instruction, group practice, presentations, questions and discussion. The second part of the book focuses on:

  • Identifying and working with obstacles to the practice;
  • How thoughts and emotions released in meditation can be experienced as opportunities for opening further instead of as obstacles;
  • How to use our sense perception as an avenue for transforming our mental and emotional world;
  • Experiencing groundlessness as the source of joy and awakening.

The course will be taught by Derek Kolleeny, also a student of Pema Chodron’s teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and a Senior Buddhist Meditation Instructor and Teacher in his tradition. Derek began practicing Buddhism in 1976 and has been teaching since 1981; he was Director of Practice & Study at Shambhala Meditation Center of NYC from 1999-04; in 2004 he founded Rime Shedra NYC, which is focused on the study and practice of the classical root texts of the tradition; and in 2009 he co-founded and continues to serve as a senior teacher of Westchester Buddhist Center, which is dedicated to presenting the teachings and practices of of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.


Pema Chödron is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives.  With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan nun presents her first book exploring in depth what she considers the essentials for an evolving practice that helps you live in a wholehearted way. More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning.


Location & Directions:

Center for Health & Healing

4 Smith Avenue, 2nd Floor

Mt. Kisco, NY 10549

Parking available on Smith Ave., and a few spaces beneath the building.

  • located on the corner of Smith Avenue and East Main Street
    Free parking available on Smith Avenue at all times.
  • 1/2 mile from Mt. Kisco Train Station (Harlem Line) taxi services are available day and night from station
  • 1 and 1/2 miles from Saw Mill Parkway and Interstate 684. 

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