Westchester Buddhist Center Learn to Meditate Classes

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Monthly Schedule (Sundays 10-12pm)

April 20 –  Easter (No Class)

April 27 –  Learn to Meditate – Jane Kolleeny

May 4th –   Special guest Phakchok Rinpoche, “Why Meditate: Bringing the Mind of Meditation into our Daily Life”. $15 suggested donation. Learn more


About the Class: Sunday Morning Meetings start at 10 am and alternate each week between Dharma Gatherings and Meditation Programs. Dharma Gatherings begin with 30 minutes of sitting (meditation instruction is offered in a separate room for those who wish it), followed by a talk, discussion, and conclude with tea, cookies and conversation.  Meditation Programs offer more extended instruction, alternate periods of sitting and walking meditation, and a brief teaching or reading.  We conclude at noon with tea, coffee, and pastries. Meditation cushions are provided.

Open to all levels. By donation.

Location: Eileen Fisher Headquarters, 2 Bridge Street, Irvington, NY  10533 | See below or click here for directions



Special Programs


FischerThe Dharma of King Lear - A Dramatic Re-enactment by Norman Fischer on Life, Death and Letting Go

Wednesday, April 16th (7pm – 9pm) at EF Headquarters, 2 Bridge Street, Irvington, NY 10533

Please join us for an exploration of the dharma message of William Shakespeare’s ”Tragedy of King Lear“ by Zen Teacher Norman Fischer. Trained in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi, a dear friend of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and founder of the San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Center, Fischer is known as a diverse and well-practiced teacher. A poet, priest, and former abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, he is founder and teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation (

Learn more and register here

Special Weekend Program with Phakchok RinpocheKyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche

Friday, May 2nd – Sunday, May 4th.

Westchester Buddhist Center is delighted to present this rare occasion to study and practice the essence of the Tibetan Buddhist meditation system with one of its greatest, most youthful and dynamic masters.

Friday night talk (7-9pm), Rinpoche will present an overview of this tradition and practice (suggested donation $25 or pay what you can).

Saturday (10am – 5pm) (suggested donation $65 or pay what you can), Rinpoche will lead a practice workshop consisting of instructions, meditation and discussion.

Sunday (10am – noon) (suggestion donation $15, pay what you can), Rinpoche will be our special guest at our regular weekly dharma gathering with a talk on “Why Meditate: Bringing the Mind of Meditation into our Daily Life”.

Learn more and register here


Fully Alive: A DVD Course with Pema Chodron

The Living Beautifically with Uncertainty and Change Retreat Assisted by Meg Wheatley

Four Wednesday Classes: May 14, 21, 28, June 4, (7pm – 9pm) at EF Headquarters

$40 Suggested donation

We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy the world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the shore—to our familiar patterns and habits? Because, as Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more satisfying experience of being fully alive.

The teachings Pema presents here provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations. When we learn to let go of our protective patterns and do that, we begin to see not only how much better it feels to live that way, but, as a wonderful side effect, we find that we begin to naturally and effectively reach out to others in care and support.

Class One (May 14): Living Beautifully (Pema, one hour), Staying in the Middle of the River (Meg, 20 minutes)

Class Two (May 21):  Contemplating Patience (Pema, 1 hour 15 minutes), We’re in This Together (Meg, 15 minutes)

Class Three (May 28): Awakening in the Charnel Ground (Pema, one hour)

Class Four (June 4th): Does It Matter? (Pema, 50 minutes), Q&A (25 minutes)


The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion 

By Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Dates: Sundays (12:15pm – 2:15pm), Starting March 16th

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

Instructors: Derek Kolleeny and John Baker

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Summer Retreat


Dates: July 26th – August 2nd, 2014, (Saturday – Saturday)

Location: Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY  |

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Our Location

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 for set up and tea. Learn more.

If you are interested, contact us here or email Andrea at:  volunteer[at] Please include your name, email and phone number in your communication. Thank you.



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.