Mindfulness and Awareness Meditation

An Approach to Greater Sanity, Happiness, Wisdom and Compassion


Saturday, November 16, 2019

10 am – 1 pm; 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Lunch: 1 – 2:30 pm – you may bring your lunch or eat out at one of the local restaurants)

Aligned Center, 1 Bridge Street, Suite 64, Irvington, NY 10533 (directions below)

Taught by John Baker

*Suggested Offering: $30



Buddhist Meditation is 2,600 years old, a profound and living tradition handed down over the centuries from one practitioner to the next.

In this day-long program, designed for beginners and experienced meditators alike, we will explore the two core Buddhist approaches to meditation:

Mindfulness Meditation - the ability to bring one’s mind back from dreams to what is happening in the present moment. Its benefits:

  • awareness of the extent to which we spend our lives lost in anxious thought,

  • increased peace of mind, and

  • the developing ability to focus on what is happening now.

Insight Meditation practice fosters:

  • the ability to be mentally present,

  • effortlessly,

  • seeing the real world of the present moment accurately, stripped of preconception, with compassion, beyond the mistaken duality of “I” and “other.”

Insight meditation includes and builds on mindfulness meditation and leads to enlightenment (bodhi, awakening), itself.

The day will consist of talks, discussion, individual interviews, and meditation practice.

If you have questions about the course, contact John Baker at

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A close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, course instructor John Baker has been a practitioner and teacher of Buddhism for 49 years. He co-founded the Karma Dzong Meditation Center in Boulder, Colorado in 1970, serving for five years as its first co-director. He also co-founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, serving as its first CEO and heading the Buddhist Studies Department there for its first five years. He co-edited Trungpa’s Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and The Myth of Freedom and is the author of various articles. After 23 years in private business, he retired, continuing to teach Buddhist thought and meditation and is today co-founder and a principal teacher at the Westchester Buddhist Center in Irvington and the New York Buddha Dharma Center in Manhattan. More >


The Aligned Center

1 Bridge Street, Suite 64, Irvington, 10533 NY

  • Aligned Center is situated right above the Red Hat restaurant, next to WBC's usual Irvington location at the Eileen Fisher Headquarters

  • Park in the large lot in front of MP Taverna and walk into courtyard to the right of the Eileen Fisher Lab

  • Go straight ahead to the "Foundry" entrance

  • The office is on the second floor right at the top of the stairs


*WBC maintains a policy of making our programs affordable to all. Those with limited income please offer what you can afford on this page. All WBC events and activities are free with Student ID.

Questions about this program? Contact us!