RELATED ORGANIZATIONS OF INTEREST
Periodically we will bring to your attention other organizations or activities that we feel might be of interest due to their similarity of spirit or content.
Opportunity to Contribute
We invite you to join in the financial support of these organizations. In recognition of their importance to our own mission, Westchester Buddhist Center will match contributions of up to $500 made to each organization from December 1, 2018, through November 31, 2019.
Two related organizations share WBC’s mission to preserve and propagate the unique dharma teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche:
The Chögyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University
Founded in 2018, the mission of CTI is to encourage a critical assessment of Chögyam Trungpa’s body of teachings and his place in the development of Buddhism in the West. The Institute has initiated a number of projects, including development of a modern digital archive of his extensive lectures (audio, video and transcripts), as well as his poetry and works of art, with linkages to the work of scholars, artists, writers and poets who were influenced by Chögyam Trungpa. Read more >
The Nalanda Translation Committee
Founded in 1975 by Chögyam Trungpa, enables Buddhadharmastudy and practice by creating fresh and authentic translations of Tibetan texts and commentaries in English, supporting their translation into other Western languages, and assisting with their transmission through teaching activities and the creation of supporting materials. Read more >
2019 Profound Treasury Retreat with Judy Lief
Sharpening the Sword of Prajna: The Awakening of Insight
June 14-23, 2019
Ferry Beach Retreat Center, Saco, Maine
This year’s retreat will focus on vipashyana and the awakening of prajna, which enables the practitioner to think clearly, to develop curiosity, and to question and engage with the teachings. Vipashyana, or insight practice, arises from the foundation of shamatha or mindfulness. Vipashyana extends the meditative experience into daily activity. It gives rise to prajna, or best knowing, which gives birth to the realization of egolessness and the open expanse of shunyata. Study will be based on volumes one and two of the Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, covering the hinayana and mahayana teachings of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. For more information about the retreat and how to apply, click here.
The Garrison Institute
The Garrison Institute was founded on the belief that action in the world is more compassionate and more effective when infused with the wisdom and skill cultivated in contemplative practices. Overlooking the Hudson River in a beautifully renovated former Capuchin monastery, the Institute convenes and supports those who are exploring the wisdom, values and insight gained through contemplative practices to catalyze personal and social transformation. Click here to see the list of retreats available.
Jane and Derek Kolleeny of Westchester Buddhist Center will be leading a weekend retreat at Garrison Institute, from December 14 through December 16, 2018. Cultivating Inner Stillness for the Winter Solstice: A Special Retreat on How to Meditate will focus on the foundational meditation technique, mindfulness-awareness, and is appropriate for new meditators as well as those with practice experience. Click here for further details about the retreat and online registration.
To the Westchester Buddhist Center Community,
The New York Times published an article discussing serious allegations of sexual misconduct by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of Shambhala International.
Westchester Buddhist Center is not an affiliate of Shambhala in any way. The Sakyong has no title or role at WBC.
However, we feel there is a need to make a statement regarding the accounts of abuse within the Shambhala community because we share roots in the 2500-year tradition of this lineage. We find the behavior described in these accounts to be completely unacceptable.
As you may not know, we the members of the board of directors of WBC separated from Shambhala a long time ago in order to continue the practice and study of the Buddhist teachings that we were all drawn to in our youth. We feel deeply connected to the teachings begun by the Buddha, 2500 years ago, and transmitted through many lineage teachers, including down to Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, our main teacher. We plan to continue teaching and practicing the Dharma in the same way aswe have done for many years at WBC.
These transgressions have hurt all of us deeply. We believe that all organizations, including, WBC, must strive like never before to create and ensure a safe environment free of abuse, discrimination and inequity of all kinds. We don’t know what is happening at Shambhala International, but we hope for radically transformative change in that community.
We know you may have questions about these events, and we will be here to talk with you further at any time.
Yours in the Dharma,
Jane Kolleeny, Gene Bobker, John Baker, Derek Kolleeny
CHOGYAM TRUNGPA INSTITUTE AT NAROPA UNIVERSITY
In 2018 Naropa University established the Chogyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa. Chogyam Trungpa founded Naropa University in 1974 as a place to foster both intellect and intuition, and to spark curiosity and deep inquiry. His inspiration to create a Buddhist inspired, non-sectarian University rooted in Contemplative Education and integrating Eastern Wisdom Studies with Western scholarship has infused the university and its development. From that vision Naropa became the birthplace of the modern mindfulness movement, while retaining deep connections to the world’s wisdom traditions.
The Chogyam Trungpa Institute will provide a comprehensive digital platform as one avenue to access his extensive lectures, poetry and art. Naropa envisioned and is launching the Institute with the close collaboration and support of the family of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Shambhala Archives and the ChogyamTrungpa Legacy Project. Carolyn Rose Gimian, the founding director of the Legacy Project, has been appointed as the first director of the Institute. For more information, please visit the Naropa University website here.
LifeWork is a journey of inquiry around how we live and work, how we relate authentically, cultivate well-being and find purpose. This website is your portal into the LifeWork experience. We invite you to browse our selection of workshops and events, as well as our LifeNotes section where you’ll find curated videos, articles, exercises and everyday practical guides.
Eileen Fisher Learning Lab, 50 S. Buckout Street, Irvington, NY 10533
New York Buddha Dharma is a Buddhist community dedicated to the practice of mindfulness meditation and Buddhist teachings. Founded by students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, its guiding principles are to continue the teachings, practices, and Tibetan Kagyü lineage of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche; to invite other teachers to teach, including visiting Rinpoches as well as seasoned student/practitioners; and to provide a community of friends with whom to share meditation practices and tread the buddhist path. www.newyorkbuddhadharma.org.
New mindfulness meditation intensive "Meditation in Real Life" starting soon at The Aligned Center. Learn more here
The Aligned Center hosts meditation sessions every weekday morning, from 8:30 - 9am. Free and open to the public.
The Aligned Center is a community space that offers offices for people who desire greater connection, balance, and growth in their workday. Through its events, guiding teachers, and members, the Aligned Center is inspiring growth in four dimensions: Heartfelt Community, Lifelong Learning, Mindful Awareness, and Financial Abundance. The Aligned Center is a division of Aligned Wealth. Learn more: www.alignedwealthllc.com.
The Chronicles of Chögyam Trungpa
Help this wonderful resource expand its offerings!
The Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa is a repository of teachings, articles, interviews, news and podcasts pertaining to the life and teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It is also on ongoing oral history project, recording and preserving the recollection of people who have been influenced by his work.
Ocean is an online community. It’s mission is to further the study and practice of all aspects of Chogyam Trungpa’s teachings, and to nurture community amongst old and new students.
Our mission is to further the study and practice of Chögyam Trungpa’s teachings, and to nurture community amongst old and new students alike. We are developing both introductory classes and a broad curriculum of in depth learning, drawing from all aspects of Chögyam Trungpa’s teachings. Learn more here.
View offered online classes here
The Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project
Working with publishers, we provide financial and other support for the editing and publication ofprojects that presents the work of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche or that promote greater understanding of his life and work through books, articles, DVDs, Films and other documents. Learn more
Lions Roar magazine has put together a collection of writings on how to approach the current political climate from a Buddhist point of view.
The day after the presidential election, Lion’s Roar asked America’s leading Buddhist teachers to offer their comments, advice, and teachings to address how so many of us were feeling. We’re honored to present these here; as you will see, what they wrote is wise, heartfelt, realistic, compassionate, and inspiring. In my own sorrow, shock, and fear for the future, these voices have been a lifeline. Click here to read more.
The Lion’s Roar Foundation is a mission-driven, reader-supported publisher of Buddhist teachings, news, and perspectives. We are committed to ensuring that the understanding and practice of Buddhism flourishes in the contemporary world.