The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation Course


Two Five Week Courses based on the book by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Aligned Center, 1 Bridge Street, Suite 64, Irvington, NY


Part One

Feb. 28 - Mar. 28, ( 7-9 pm)


Part Two

April 18 - May 16, ( 7-9 pm)


Suggested Donation: $50 *


Freedom is generally thought of as the ability to achieve goals and satisfy desires. But what are the sources of these goals and desires? If they arise from ignorance, habitual patterns, and negative emotions, is the freedom to pursue these goals true freedom—or is it just a myth?

In this book, Chögyam Trungpa explores the meaning of freedom in the profound context of Tibetan Buddhism. He shows how our attitudes, preconceptions, and even our spiritual practices can become chains that bind us to repetitive patterns of frustration and despair. He also explains how meditation can bring into focus the causes of frustration, and how these negative forces can aid us in advancing toward true freedom.

Trungpa's unique ability to express the essence of Buddhist teachings in the language and imagery of contemporary American culture makes this book one of the best sources of the Buddhist doctrine ever written.

Part one includes basic teachings on the Buddhist principals of suffering, egolessness and ego’s styles of imprisonment, and one of the best presentations on the practice of meditation.

Part two includes working with emotions, meditation action, the path of the bodhisattva and key aspects of the vajrayana path.

Classes will include group meditation, presentation, discussion and simple reception. All are encouraged to participate – both new and seasoned practitioners. Please obtain a copy of the book to participate effectively in the course. Drop in visitors are welcomed.

Taught by WBC Senior Teachers John Baker and Gene Bobker. John Baker was one of the editors of this book so we are especially excited to be able to offer this course with him teaching it!

* We are committed to making our programs affordable to all. Those with limited income please offer what you can afford in our donation page here and include a note for the program you are offering towards. 




The Aligned Center

1 Bridge Street, Suite 64, Irvington, NY 10533

The Aligned Center is directly above the Red Hat Restaurant, but to get there, 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.




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