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New York Buddha Dharma Center Launches!

A new Buddhist meditation center has launched in Manhattan – New York Buddha Dharma.  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 and tread the path.

The first meeting took place on April 11, 2016 and continue to meet at Nalandabodhi, #400, 64 Fulton Street in New York City on Monday Nights Starting at 7 PM.  Meditation instruction by request at 6:30pm.

The new center is an incorporated, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

At the first meeting some of the common themes were: the wish to study, meditate, and socialize together; The intention to spread the dharma, but also to be of service in more mundane ways to the larger society; and more.

Inquiries and requests to be included on the email list may be addressed to:  NewYorkBuddhaDharma (at) gmail.com.

John Baker:

John Baker has been a student Buddhism for more than 46 years. A close disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, he co-founded and taught at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, serving as its CEO for the first three years of its existence and teaching there for five. He also co-founded and co-directed the Karma Dzong Meditation Center in Boulder for the first five years of its existence.

He is the co-editor of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and The Myth of Freedom and the author numerous articles. After 23 years in private business, he retired in 2000. During this time he continued teaching Buddhist thought and meditation practice throughout North America, and is today a senior teacher in the North American Buddhist community and at the New York Buddha Dharma Center and the Westchester Buddhist Center, both of which he is a founder.

He has led a number of month-long meditation programs at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado and Karme Chöling Meditation Center in Vermont and has been a principle teacher at the Vajradhatu Seminary. He currently enjoys working as a life and executive coach in Manhattan where he lives with his 12-year-old daughter.

Rochelle Weithorn:

In 1975 Rochelle Weithorn came to the in-depth study of Tibetan Buddhism and meditation after meeting her teacher, the profound meditation master, the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and became a Meditation Instructor and Dharma Teacher under Chogyam Trungpa’s guidance. Rochelle studied Dharma Art at Naropa University, laying the foundation for her work as a visual artist and writer. In 2001 Rochelle founded (what was to become) the Milarepa Children’s Theater and Chorus, a not-for-profit theater company in New York City under the auspices of the great Tibetan yogi and meditation master Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. She has written three plays about the life of the Buddha which were performed by the children, teens, and young adults of the Buddhist Council of New York and Diki Tibetan Sunday School in Astoria, NY. Currently, Rochelle is working on a production of the Twenty-One Taras.

Cary “CT” Tamura:

C.T. Tamura has been studying and practicing meditation since 2004 and has been a part of the Shambhala community for much of that time. A proponent of meditation in public, he regularly leads sits in Times Square as well as in Boulder and Denver, Colorado. C.T. founded the meditation website, The Sitting Project as a way to both introduce and demystify mindfulness meditation. As a writer, he is published on Elephantjournal.com as well as his site,  www.thesittingproject.org.  He occasionally can be found leading the dharma-based meditation and discussion group, www.dharmajunkies.com in NYC as well.  When not promoting meditation, CT can be found hiking, making music or working in real estate.