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  • Mindfulness Meditation

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Mindfulness meditation offers a refuge from the world and an opportunity to engage more consciously.

Whether you’re a beginner, a dabbler, or a skilled meditator seeking the company of others, join expert teachers in a 45-minute weekly program. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Designed to fit into your lunch break, the program includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

This week’s in-person meditation session will be led by Elaine Retholtz, and the theme for this month is Rebirth.

 

About the Teacher

Elaine Retholtz Headshot

Elaine Retholtz has been studying and practicing the Dharma since 1988. In addition to teaching Dharma at New York Insight, she is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and a certified MBSR teacher trainer. She is deeply interested in helping students integrate mindfulness into daily life. Elaine is committed to deepening her own understanding of issues of diversity and the way racial conditioning in the United States affects all of us—both as individuals and in relation to the institutions we are a part of, including New York Insight. She’s been involved in New York Insight’s diversity efforts for many years.

 

This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine and supported by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

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  • No Mindfulness Meditation Today

There is no Mindfulness Meditation on Thursday, July 4. Mindfulness Meditation will resume on Thursday, July 11.

For a mindful experience in the meantime, we invite you to listen to new episodes of  the Mindfulness Meditation podcast.

 

This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg, and teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine and supported by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

the Interdependence Project

  • Mindfulness Meditation

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Mindfulness meditation offers a refuge from the world and an opportunity to engage more consciously.

Whether you’re a beginner, a dabbler, or a skilled meditator seeking the company of others, join expert teachers in a 45-minute weekly program. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Designed to fit into your lunch break, the program includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

This week’s in-person meditation session will be led by Tracy Cochran, and the theme for this month is Rebirth.

 

About the Teacher

Tracy Cochran has been a student and teacher of meditation and spiritual practice for decades. She is the founder of the Hudson River Sangha, which is now virtual and is open to all. The link for her weekly meditations can be found on her website: tracycochran.org. In addition, Tracy has taught mindfulness meditation and mindful writing at the Rubin Museum of Art and the New York Insight Meditation Center, as well as in schools, corporations, and other venues worldwide. She is also a writer and the editorial director of Parabola, an acclaimed quarterly magazine that seeks to bring timeless spiritual wisdom to the burning questions of the day. Her writings, podcasts, and other details can be found on her website and on parabola.org.

 

This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine and supported by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

the Interdependence Project
  • Mindfulness Meditation

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Mindfulness meditation offers a refuge from the world and an opportunity to engage more consciously.

Whether you’re a beginner, a dabbler, or a skilled meditator seeking the company of others, join expert teachers in a 45-minute weekly in-person program. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Designed to fit into your lunch break, the program includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs are provided.

This week’s meditation session will be led by Sharon Salzberg, who will lead the in-person meditation remotely via Zoom. The theme for this month is Rebirth.

 

About the teacher

Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has guided meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Her latest book is Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World. Sharon is also the author of several publications including the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, and Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. While running her own podcast, The Metta Hour, and interviewing 100+ influential voices in meditation and mindfulness movements, Sharon has regularly contributed to many onstage conversations at the Rubin.

 

This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg, and teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine and supported by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

the Interdependence Project

  • Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Join fellow teachers for a day of professional learning at the Rubin. 

Learn how to incorporate the Rubin’s vibrant collection into your curriculum, reflect on ways to create a compassion-centered school environment, and discover how to bring mindfulness practices into your classroom. 

This event is open to 6th–12th grade teachers and will feature:

  • A Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® presentation led by a certified SEE Learning® facilitator
  • A mindful movement workshop in partnership with GROOVE NYC
  • Customized tours of the Mandala Lab and Gateway to Himalayan Art
  • An experiential art workshop integrating SEE Learning® components
  • Curriculum resources for teachers
  • Complimentary refreshments

This free professional development workshop for teachers will take place on the June Chancellor’s Conference Day for New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) teachers. Advance registration is required. 

 

About SEE Learning®

The Rubin’s educational programs integrate Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® principles. SEE Learning® is an innovative K–12 education program developed by Emory University. The program provides educators with tools to foster the development of emotional, social, and ethical intelligence for students and themselves. 

About GROOVE NYC

GROOVE NYC builds community and social emotional awareness through movement and dance. GROOVE’s blended Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and healing arts curriculum fosters acceptance of others and empathy. GROOVE offers dance experiences, mindfulness workshops, and meditation sessions to students, teachers, and the community at large. If you can move, you can groove!

 

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative and Family and School Programs are made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support for the Mandala Lab initiative is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones of Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Leadership support for Project Himalayan Art is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Project Himalayan Art has been made possible in part by a major grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

Project Himalayan Art was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services MA-253379-OMS-23.

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative and Project Himalayan Art are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lead support for Project Himalayan Art is provided by the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan.

Major support for Project Himalayan Art is provided by Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Stephen and Sharon Davies, the Edward & Elizabeth Gardner Foundation, Mimi Gardner Gates, Hongwei Li, Max Meehan, the Monimos Foundation, Edward O’Neill, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Rossi & Rossi, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, UOVO, Sandy Song Yan, and the Zhiguan Museum of Art.

Special support for Project Himalayan Art is provided by:

Dr. Bibhakar Sunder Shakya, to honor the memory and legacy of Professor Dina Bangdel, art historian, curator, cultural activist, and educator from Nepal.

Samphe and Tenzin Lhalungpa, to honor the memory and works of L.P. Lhalungpa, Tibetan scholar, broadcaster, and educator.

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Institute of museum and library services

*“NEW YORK LIFE” and the NEW YORK LIFE Box Logo are trademarks of New York Life Insurance Company. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this initiative, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

Image: Photo by Filip Wolak, 2022
  • Family Sunday

Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults

 

Join us for Family Sundays at the Rubin! Bring your family to the Mandala Lab on the third floor for an afternoon of creativity and self-exploration that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy.

Each month we explore a new theme, with an art-making activity centered around that theme. A Museum educator does a brief demonstration of the project, teaches the art-making techniques, and lets you explore ways to make the project your own. 

Reservations are required for the 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM time slots. The program is free for your family, and each ticket comes with free access to the Museum galleries.

 

July Family Sundays:

According to Buddhism, the path to inner transformation is not a straight one. Realizing our true nature involves many twists and turns. Inspired by this concept, we invite you to create your own 3D maze, reflecting your inner journey towards becoming the best you can be.

 

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative is made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Lilly Endowment, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones of Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

*“NEW YORK LIFE” and the NEW YORK LIFE Box Logo are trademarks of New York Life Insurance Company. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Photo by Filip Wolak
  • Family Sunday

Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults

 

Join us for Family Sundays at the Rubin! Bring your family to the Mandala Lab on the third floor for an afternoon of creativity and self-exploration that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy.

Each month we explore a new theme, with an art-making activity centered around that theme. A Museum educator does a brief demonstration of the project, teaches the art-making techniques, and lets you explore ways to make the project your own. 

Reservations are required for the 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM time slots. The program is free for your family, and each ticket comes with free access to the Museum galleries.

 

July Family Sundays:

According to Buddhism, the path to inner transformation is not a straight one. Realizing our true nature involves many twists and turns. Inspired by this concept, we invite you to create your own 3D maze, reflecting your inner journey towards becoming the best you can be.

 

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative is made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Lilly Endowment, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones of Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

*“NEW YORK LIFE” and the NEW YORK LIFE Box Logo are trademarks of New York Life Insurance Company. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Photo by Filip Wolak
  • Family Sunday

Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults

 

Join us for Family Sundays at the Rubin as part of West Side Fest 2024! Bring your family to the Mandala Lab on the third floor for an afternoon of creativity and self-exploration that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy.

Each month we explore a new theme, with an art-making activity centered around that theme. A Museum educator does a brief demonstration of the project, teaches the art-making techniques, and lets you explore ways to make the project your own.

Reservations are required for the 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM time slots. The program is free for your family, and each ticket comes with free access to the Museum galleries.

 

July Family Sundays:

According to Buddhism, the path to inner transformation is not a straight one. Realizing our true nature involves many twists and turns. Inspired by this concept, we invite you to create your own 3D maze, reflecting your inner journey towards becoming the best you can be.

The Rubin is participating in West Side Fest, on Sunday, July 14. Enjoy free admission for families from 1:00–3:00 PM. Timed entry tickets are required.

For more details on West Side Fest, including the full schedule, visit westsidefest.nyc.


The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative is made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Lilly Endowment, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones of Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

*“NEW YORK LIFE” and the NEW YORK LIFE Box Logo are trademarks of New York Life Insurance Company. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Photo by Filip Wolak
  • Family Sunday

Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults

 

Join us for Family Sundays at the Rubin! Bring your family to the Mandala Lab on the third floor for an afternoon of creativity and self-exploration that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy.

Each month we explore a new theme, with an art-making activity centered around that theme. A Museum educator does a brief demonstration of the project, teaches the art-making techniques, and lets you explore ways to make the project your own. 

Reservations are required for the 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM time slots. The program is free for your family, and each ticket comes with free access to the Museum galleries.

 

July Family Sundays:

According to Buddhism, the path to inner transformation is not a straight one. Realizing our true nature involves many twists and turns. Inspired by this concept, we invite you to create your own 3D maze, reflecting your inner journey towards becoming the best you can be.

 

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative is made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Lilly Endowment, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones of Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

*“NEW YORK LIFE” and the NEW YORK LIFE Box Logo are trademarks of New York Life Insurance Company. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Photo by Filip Wolak
  • Art and Yoga Urban Retreat

Join YOGA LOVE magazine and the Rubin for a half day of workshops and classes pairing the art of the Himalayas with the magazine’s community of teachers, artists, and leaders in the yoga world. View the full schedule for the retreat below. Attendees are asked to bring their own yoga mat and a warm sweater or blanket. 

 

Schedule of Events

Doors open | 10:00 AM

 

Session 1: Sound Bath Experience with Basia Blonska | 10:15–11:00 AM

Welcome to a transformative sound bath experience, where you’ll be enveloped in a symphony of healing vibrations carefully crafted to induce deep relaxation, inner harmony, and restoration. In this immersive event we’ll harness the power of sound to facilitate a journey inward and to reconnect with your true essence. 

 

Session 2: Blooming in a Sea of Fire with Kelly Kamm | 11:15 AM–12:30 PM

It’s natural to want to avoid discomfort, to squeeze our eyes shut when faced with the news or to reach for whatever might momentarily numb us when grief comes calling. While this may temporarily dull the pain and dissatisfaction, it also cuts us off from the ability to develop wisdom and compassion. As it’s often said, there is no liberation without some suffering. It’s only when we cultivate our capacity to sit in our own sea of fire that we can blossom like the rare and precious blue lotus of Buddhist lore. 

This all-levels workshop will include gentle yoga, mudras (yogic hand gestures), and storytelling, to help us transform pain into power. Meeting the world as it is and staying until we understand is how we find stability and freedom in the midst of it all. 

 

Break | 12:30–1:00 PM

 

Session 3: Kriya Yoga to Purify Your Consciousness with Sarah Platt-Finger and Alan Finger | 1:00–2:30 PM

As human beings, we are mostly governed by the unconscious realm, which is the realm of limiting beliefs, programming, and social constructs. These beliefs are developed over time through our life experiences, and they shape our everyday reality. Living in the unconscious realm keeps us trapped in a cycle of suffering and inhibits us from experiencing insight, bliss, and creativity. Kriya is a non-binding action that purifies our consciousness, transforming us from the realm of form and matter into the realm of infinite potential. When we practice kriya yoga, we access, as Paramahansa Yogananda said, “the direct path to enlightenment.”

In this session, we will explore ancient kriya techniques and how to integrate them into asana, pranayama, and meditation. Through this powerful practice, we become liberated out of the unconscious realm and into a state of superconsciousness, which is unbounded and unlimited. We’ll complete the session with a practice known as artha vatva samyama: bringing that inspired state of awareness into each moment of your living.

 

This program is presented with YOGA LOVE magazine.

 

About the Teachers

Headshot of Basia Blonska

Basia Blonska is a classically trained flutist who has been a professional musician for over 20 years. She received her MA in music performance. Her passion for music expanded beyond performing and teaching, as she developed a profound interest in learning about the healing and transformational effects of sound and music.

Basia has studied different modalities of sound healing with teachers such as Grammy nominee Silvia Nakkach, renowned sound theorist Dr. John Beaulieu, and the Great Gong Master Don Conreaux, earning a sound practitioner certification from New York’s Open Center.

Basia brings healing sounds to intimate sound baths, yoga classes, and private, group, and corporate sessions. She uses her unique musical skills to create tranquil healing soundscapes. You can find her at basiablonska.com.

 

Headshot of Kelly Kamm

Kelly Kamm studied Eastern philosophy and Japanese, hiked the Appalachian Trail, traveled the world, and worked as a stylist in the NYC fashion and music business prior to discovering yoga. When she found yoga she saw it as the confluence of everything she valued and longed for—creation and form, connection to the magical unknown, the fusing of the sacred and the everyday. 

Kelly’s classes are smart, poetic and always a little unexpected. She is known for her storytelling and her ability to make the philosophy of yoga relatable, to bring big subjects into an every day perspective. Expect a challenging and creative flow with lots of variations for all levels. Her aim is always to make each person feel welcomed and at ease. Learn more about Kelly at kellykammyoga.com

 

Headshot of Sarah Platt-Finger and Alan Finger

Sarah Platt-Finger is the director of Chopra Yoga at IIN, and the co-founder of ISHTA Yoga, LLC. Deepak Chopra has called Sarah “an extraordinary teacher of yoga that has called enormously to my well-being.” Her newly released book, Living in the Light: Yoga for Self-Realization, which she co-authored with Dr. Chopra, is currently one of the top 10 best-selling yoga books on Amazon.

Sarah has made it her life’s purpose to share the authentic teachings of yoga worldwide. She believes that the practice of yoga can be used as a microcosm for the reality we create off the mat, and that a deeper awareness of our physical, mental, and emotional patterns can bring us closer to the essence of our being. Learn more about Sarah at sarahplattfinger.com

 

Tantric and kriya yoga master Alan Finger began studying yoga at age 16 with his father, Mani Finger, and renowned swamis of the past century. Alan and Mani created ISHTA Yoga. ISHTA is an acronym for the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda, and it translates to “that which resonates with the individual spirit” in Sanskrit. The ISHTA style integrates breath-based flow yoga with alignment, meditation, and healing bodywork. Alan co-founded Yoga Works, Yoga Zone, and Be Yoga, and has co-authored several books including Introduction to Yoga with Al Bingham and Chakra Yoga and Breathing Space with Katrina Repka. Alan travels the world to share his teachings. He currently lives and teaches in NYC where he co-owns ISHTA Yoga with his wife, Sarah Platt-Finger.

 

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, as well as by generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors, and members.

 

Image Credit
Photo by Filip Wolak
  • Peace in Action: Living the Teachings of the Buddha

Join us in celebrating Vesak and Saga Dawa in collaboration with the Buddhist Council of New York. Vesak and Saga Dawa celebrate Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, enlightenment, and mahaparinirvana, or passing away. Saga Dawa is the holiest month in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar. The merit of any good deeds performed during this month are said to be multiplied many times over—by as many as a hundred million times.

Each one of us holds the potential to enact change through the teachings of the Buddha. In these critical times, when the world yearns for peace and unity, our gathering is more than a celebration of the Buddha; it’s a call to embody the Buddha’s wisdom through acts of harmony, empathy, and compassion within our community and the wider world.

Hosted by Tashi Chodron, Himalayan programs and communities ambassador at the Rubin, this afternoon of reflection will feature Buddhist teachers from a variety of dharma centers leading chants, prayers, rituals, and dharma talks. 

Program Highlights:

  • Bathing of the Buddha: A ritual symbolizing purification and renewal, inviting participants to cleanse their minds and spirits.
  • Offering Chants and Prayers: A harmonious blend of voices from the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions, fostering a sense of communal sanctity and peace.
  • Short Dharma Talks: Insights from diverse traditions, offering perspectives on how to weave the Buddha’s teachings into the fabric of our daily lives for the betterment of all beings.

The Rubin is becoming a global museum and closing the building on 17th Street on October 6, 2024. As we gather, let us honor this space by filling it with the spirit of unity and the resolve to make a difference.

 

About Buddhist Council of New York

The Buddhist Council of New York, founded in 1985, is an association of Buddhist Temples and organizations whose mission is to foster dialogue, cooperation and unity within the Buddhist community in the New York City area, as well as to organize events each year such as Meditate NYC; Vesak, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of Shakyamuni Buddha, and the Buddhist Forum.

 

Major support for Himalayan Heritage is provided by The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism. Special Support is provided by Heather B. Henson.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

 

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Buddha Shakyamuni and Scenes from His Life; Tsang Province, Central Tibet; second half of the 14th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2011.3 (HAR 77032)
  • Family Sundays

There is no Family Sunday on June 30, 2024. Please join us again for Family Sundays on July 7, 2024!

 

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative is made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Lilly Endowment, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones of Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

 

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

*“NEW YORK LIFE” and the NEW YORK LIFE Box Logo are trademarks of New York Life Insurance Company. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Photo by Filip Wolak
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