april, 2019

tue30apr7:00 pm9:00 pmCutting Through Spiritual Materialism: A Course on the Book by Chögyam Trungpa7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST Teacher: John Baker Aligned Living Quadrant:Heartfelt Community,Mind-Body Awareness


(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST


The Aligned Center

1 Bridge Street, Foundry Building Suite 64, Irvington, NY 10533

Event Details

with John Baker and the Westchester Buddhist Center

In 1972 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was published in the U.S. Since that date it has sold upwards of half a million copies around the world.

The book is a fierce and pure rendering of core Buddhist doctrine, aimed to educate and prepare an American audience to tread the path. It is uncompromising in its dedication to egolessness, which is at the heart of the teaching of spiritual materialism and of Buddhism altogether. These themes permeate the work.

Stressing the necessity of totally open communication and authentic being on the parts of teacher and student, Cutting Through describes the progress of the Buddhist practitioner from entrance, through the stages of the path, to enlightenment and beyond. The chapter titles begin to communicate the flavor of these incisive teachings about how to live a true and good life.

Join the Westchester Buddhist Center as we make our way through Trungpa Rinpoche’s mind and the Tibetan Buddhist path for 15 weeks.

Meeting on Tuesdays from 7-9 pm, we will begin each class with 30 minutes of meditation (instruction available before class on request), followed by an hour and a half of discussion and Q&A.

Personal interviews will also be available on request.

To purchase the book in advance click here.

Audio recordings will be available for those who cannot attend the class live.

15 Tuesdays, (7 – 9 pm)
April 16 – July 30, 2019
No Class on April 23rd

Suggested donation for the full course
to the Westchester Buddhist Center: $120*

Suggested donation for drop-ins: $10* per class
*(or pay what you wish on the donation page here)

Register here:

Chapter Readings
4/16 – Week 1: Introduction, Spiritual Materialism
4/23 – (NO MEETING)
4/30 – Week 2: Surrendering
5/7 – Week 3: The Guru
5/14 – Week 4: Initiation
5/21 – Week 5: Self-Deception
5/28 – Week 6: The Hard Way
6/4 – Week 7: The Open Way
6/11 – Week 8: Sense of Humor
6/18 – Week 9: The Development of Ego
6/25 – Week 10: The Six Realms
7/2 – Week 11: The Four Noble Truths
7/9 – Week 12: The Bodhisattva Path
7/16 – Week 13: Sunyata
7/23 – Week 14: Prajna and Compassion
7/30 – Week 15: Tantra

Quote from Changling Rinpoche on Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism:
“… this book contains the full practice of accumulating virtue and wisdom for overcoming one’s own ego clinging. It doesn’t matter whether we practice tantra or sutra. Both tantra and sutra agree on the same point of overcoming ego clinging. Since teachings manifest in a timely manner, Cutting Through Spiritualism Materialism is the teaching for this century. So please practice it. Reading it is not enough. You need to practice it.”


John BakerFounder and Teacher, Westchester Buddhist Center

Aligned Living Quadrant

Mind-Body Awareness