Finding a Teacher

Deepak, before I ask my question I wish to thank you for all the teachings and insights you have shared with the world. I always feel transformation when I listen to you speak or read or listen to your books.  My question is how does one find a spiritual teacher or mentor. I am interested in gaining a deeper understanding/practice of Buddhism but I am also interested in gaining some exposure to Vedic texts. There are 2 Buddhist centers in my area on Long Island. Would that be a place I would find a spiritual teacher/mentor. Of course I’d like Robert Thurman but I  think he may be a bit busy 🙂