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This week’s meditation session is led by Do Tulku Rinpoche and the theme is Realization.

The guided meditation begins at 7:22.

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Now Western scientists, business leaders, and the secular world have embraced meditation as a vital tool for brain health.

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 designed to fit into your lunch break. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection and includes an opening talk, a 20-minute meditation session, and a closing discussion.



Mahasiddha Jalandhara; Tibet; ca. 16th century; Copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2003.13.4 (HAR 65218)

Legendary men and women called mahasiddhas, or great spiritually accomplished ones, are considered to be among the first teachers of tantric Buddhist practices. Usually of ordinary occupations, such as wandering monk, weaver, or farmer, they are often depicted in various yogic positions, flying or dancing, wearing little or no clothing, drinking alcohol, and consorting with members of the opposite sex. In their wide variety and unconventional behavior, the mahasiddhas exemplify tantric Buddhist practices, which offer many paths to realization. They are celebrated as real people who embodied enlightenment through tantric practice.

The Indian siddha depicted here in an active posture is known for his many yogic feats. It is said that he could manifest his body in many places at the same time and live in many bodily forms in widely disparate lands simultaneously.



Do Tulku Rinpoche is the resident lama and spiritual guide of Arya Tara’s Net, an online community and center for Buddhist studies and practice in Windeck, Germany.

Do Tulku Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness Sakya Trichen at the age of 17 as the reincarnation of the fifth Raktrul Rinpoche. His incarnation line goes back to the first Raktrul Rinpoche (17th century), a master of the Do Teng Monastery in eastern Tibet. After his recognition, he received an 11-year training in Buddhist philosophy, practice, and debate at the Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute in India, from which he graduated with the title of an Acharya (Lopön).

Since then, Rinpoche has been teaching and guiding retreats in India, Nepal, Europe, and South America. He has received teachings, transmissions, and initiations from some of the greatest masters of our time, including His Holiness, Dalai Lama, His Holiness, Sakya Trizin, Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Dagchen Rinpoche, Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, and many more. He lives in Germany where he teaches regularly.


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.

Interdependence Project