John Baker

Westchester Buddhist Center Founding Board Member and Teacher

John Baker has been a student of Buddhism for more than 41 years. A close disciple of ChögyamTrungpa Rinpoche, he co-founded and taught at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, serving as its CEO for the first three years of its existence, teaching there for five. He also co-founded and co-directed the Karma Dzong Meditation Center in Boulder for the first five years of its existence.

He is the co-editor of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and The Myth of Freedom and the author numerous articles. After 23 years in private business, he retired in 2000. During this timehe continued teaching Buddhist thought and meditation and is today a senior teacher in the at New York Buddhadharma and the Westchester Buddhist Center, of which he is a founder.

He has led a number of month-long meditation programs at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado and Karme Chöling Meditation Center in Vermont and has taught at the VajradhatuSeminary. He currently enjoys working as a life and executive coach.


"The Dharma in a Single Drawing"Tricycle Magazine article. Download a PDF of the article here.

"All Together in the Present", Shambhala Sun article, January, 2006.