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Lama Aria Drolma

Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
1:00 PM–1:45 PM

Related Artwork
Buddha Shakyamuni; Tibet; 13th century; gilt copper alloy with pigment; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.31 (HAR 65454)
Buddha Shakyamuni; Tibet; 13th century; gilt copper alloy with pigment; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.31 (HAR 65454)


This Week’s Work of Art



This sculpture depicts the Buddha Shakyamuni, a historical figure who lived on earth and died, as all humans do. In the Buddhist religion, it is believed that his Manifestation Body (nirmanakaya) is a physical body that took birth in response to the needs of living beings. As a result of the Buddha’s compassion, he appeared in a human form that was perceptible to ordinary beings in order to teach them.

The stories about the life of the Buddha are among the most popular stories told in Buddhism. In this sculpture he is depicted in an earth touching gesture, connecting the artwork to the story of the Buddha attaining enlightenment while sitting under the Bodhi tree. As we reflect on this story, we might also consider what makes the Buddha’s story so powerful and meaningful in our daily lives.


About the Program

The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art. This podcast is recorded in front of a live audience, and includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. The guided meditation begins at 21:00.

If you would like to attend Mindfulness Meditation sessions in person or learn more, please visit our website at

This program is supported with thanks to our presenting partners Sharon Salzberg, the Interdependence Project and Parabola Magazine.


Theme: Intention

Intention is like a seed that can grow to bear fruit. Inspired by the teachings of the historical Buddha, Lama Aria Drolma discusses the power of meditation as a transformative, peaceful, and collective practice that waters the seeds of intention.


About the Speaker

Lama Aria Drolma has been studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism for over 10 years. She is trained in the Dharma Path program of progressive stages of meditation and contemplation for serious practitioners offered by Kagyu Thubten Choling monastery. Lama Aria Drolma teaches meditation worldwide and offers corporate meditation programs and is also invited as a keynote speaker at universities and organization. Lama Aria Drolma is a graduate of a traditional Tibetan Buddhist retreat spanning three years and three months, which is an advanced, completely cloistered, intensive meditation training program. She attended Mumbai University in India and graduated with a B.A. in sociology, and is trained in computer programming from NIIT, India. Lama Aria Drolma also actively volunteers as a fundraiser for breast cancer research and supports several nonprofit organizations.


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Note: Late comers may not be admitted past 1:10 p.m., so as to not disrupt the session.