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Psychedelic Sangha Bardo Bath

Chris Dingman + Doc Kelley

Friday, July 14, 2023
6:00 PM–7:30 PM

Join Psychedelic Sangha for an immersive Bardo Bath experience featuring 60+ minutes of transcendent musical soundscapes performed by vibraphonist Chris Dingman. The meditative evening will include a guided, liminal space meditation by Doc Kelley and an animated dharma art film created by Yosuh Jones. Find a comfortable position (pillows and blankets are welcome), relax, open the doors of perception, float downstream, and deepen your relationship with, and acceptance, of, the states in between.

There will be a pre-program tour of the sixth floor Death is Not the End exhibition at 5:15 PM.

About Chris Dingman:

Chris Dingman

NYC-based vibraphonist and composer Chris Dingman is known for his distinctive approach to the instrument: sonically rich and conceptually expansive. In his captivating solo performances, he casts an enveloping atmosphere, creating layers of simultaneous sound on the vibraphone.

Chris has worked with legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and many of today’s jazz, creative, and world music luminaries. He brings together this background with a host of influences from around the world, including his studies of the mbira music of Zimbabwe, in service of taking listeners on a journey to a transcendent place.

While working as an acclaimed vibraphonist in NYC since 2002, Chris documented his solo improvisations privately for many years, until his world changed. When his father entered hospice care in 2018, he created the 5-hour extended album Peace, recorded as he played it for his father, and ultimately released in 2020. This led to an ongoing evolution of his solo music and his critically acclaimed albums journeys vol. 1 and vol. 2 .

Chris is actively touring and has performed around the world. He has been profiled by NPR, the New York Times, Downbeat, AMNY, and many other publications, and has received fellowships and grants from Chamber Music America, New Music USA, South Arts, and the Thelonious Monk Institute. Chris also leads the twice-monthly online series Transformations, inviting participant dialogue as part of a healing music session.

About Doc Kelley and Psychedelic Sangha:


Christopher “Doc” Kelley received a PhD in Religion from Columbia University where he studied Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with Robert A. F. Thurman. He is a scholar of Buddhism and a part-time professor in religious studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School University, and Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. He is also the co-founder of Psychedelic Sangha.

Psychedelic Sangha is not a traditional Buddhist sangha. They hold space for both psychedelic Buddhists and Buddhistic psychonauts. It is their mission to facilitate Psychedelic Buddhist Dharma Art event programming and media with a focus on responsibly exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness. They draw inspiration from the Tibetan Buddhist Rimé (non-sectarian) Movement that values the wisdom of multiple points-of-view. They also identify with the Åšramaṇa tradition in ancient India; a spiritually diverse congregation of misfit seekers who collectively rejected religious dogma and promoted cognitive liberty.

Death Is Not the End is supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, and The Prospect Hill Foundation.

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 Hochcul and the New York State Legislature.

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


Tickets: $25.00

Member Tickets: $20.00

A ticket grants access to a pre-program tour and the galleries.