Westchester Buddhist Center Learn to Meditate Classes

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Sundays (10-12pm)

Open to all levels. By donation.

LTM = Learn to Meditate, DG = Dharma Gathering


Sept. 21         LTM, Gene Bobker Spieler

SPECIAL PROGRAM, Thursday, Sept. 25th, 7-9pm: Tsoknyi Rinpoche “Let it Be: Resting in Vivid Simplicity”

Sept. 28        DG, John Baker, “Depression: living in the past. Anxiety: living in the future. Meditation: living in the now.”

Oct. 5             LTM, Gene Bobker Spieler

Oct. 12          DG, Robert Chender, “Self-regulation: from compulsion to choice”

Oct. 19          LTM, Derek Kolleeny

Oct. 26         DG, Derek Kolleeny, “Not Just About Mindfulness: Meditation without Insight is Mental Gymnastics”

Nov. 2           LTM, Gene Bobker Spieler

Nov. 9           DG, John Baker, “Reality: It is different than we think.”

Nov. 16         LTM, Jane Kolleeny

Nov. 23        DG, Derek Kolleeny, “Appearance and Emptiness: Why can’t they just get along?”

Nov. 30        CLOSED – Thanksgiving Weekend

Dec. 7            DG, Jane Kolleeny, “If There’s No Self, Then Why Am I So Angry?”

Dec. 14         LTM, Derek Kolleeny

Dec. 21         DG, Robert Chender, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year – – so how can I get happier?”

CLOSED  until Jan. 4th

Sunday mornings alternate each week between Dharma Gatherings (DG) and Learn to Meditate (LTM).

Dharma Gatherings begin with 30 minutes of sitting practice, followed by a teaching and discussion.

Learn to Meditate meetings offer a full hour of instruction for people new to the practice, or for those who would like a refresher. At the same time, there are 2 full hours of practice, alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, and a brief teaching or reading. After the 1st hour of separate instruction, everyone comes together for the 2nd hour of the morning.

Meditation instruction is offered in a separate room, at each of these gatherings, for those who wish it. Both programs conclude with tea, cookies and conversation. Meditation cushions are provided.

Location: Eileen Fisher Headquarters, 2 Bridge Street, Irvington, NY 10533 | map & directions


New to meditation? Learn more about our meditation classes here


Special Programs

Visiting Teacher: Tsoknyi Rinpoche “Let it Be: Resting in Vivid Simplicity”.

Learning to understand our nature clearly and with precision is the radical foundation for really “letting be” inwardly, while fully functioning in the midst of our modern, busy and speedy world.

Thursday Sept. 25 (7 – 9 pm)

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Reading course on “The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma”, by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, compiled and edited by Judith L. Lief.

Sundays from 12:15 – 2:15 pm.

Beginning on September 7th, we will conclude our study of Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion, and begin a review of Volumes One and Two. Learn more



Eileen Fisher Headquarters, 2 Bridge Street, Irvington, NY 10533

1. From Route 9, turn onto Main Street, Irvington. Continue down hill (west) towards the train station.
2. Turn right on N. Ashton
3. Turn left on Bridge Street, continue on to River Street
4. Eileen Fisher’s space occupies the 2nd brick building. Turn right into Second Parking Lot
5. Enter Eileen Fisher – Door facing River



Volunteering at the Center

We are seeking volunteers. Learn more

In the Buddhist tradition, one valuable way to express ones involvement and commitment to dharma practice is through voluntary commitment. The Volunteer/ Rota Committee would like to invite you to help us keep the Sunday morning at EFH space in order, greet and make newcomers welcome, and create the environment/container for our practice and socializing. This includes set up of cushions and chairs and (you would need to arrive at 9:30 am), tea and cookie reception set up including pick up at Red Barn and clean up, (finishing by 12 pm at the latest). This is not at all difficult, involves little cleaning, and we would love to have your participation! Wednesday evenings simply require set-up of cushions.

We also need Umdzes/ Timekeepers from among our more experienced practitioners, who are also willing to help set-up and clean-up.

We thank you in advance!

Andrea Fink and Julie Farmer



The delicious pastries that we have at our Sunday reception are donated by The Red Barn Bakery.

Please patronize this wonderful establishment, which is located just around the corner at 4 South Astor Street, Irvington.