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Meditation session led by Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche

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 forty-five-minute weekly program designed to fit into your lunch break. Each session will be inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection and will include an opening talk, a twenty-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and the Interdependence Project.


The Buddha of Immeasurable Life Amitayus, Tibet; 17th century, Pigments on cloth, (HAR 65106)
The Buddha of Immeasurable Life Amitayus, Tibet; 17th century, Pigments on cloth, (HAR 65106)

Theme: Beginning Again

Sitting cross-legged and holding a long life vase, Amitayus appears as a princely Bodhisattva wearing a crown, jewels, and scarves. He is the Buddha of immeasurable life, worshiped for his capability to bestow longevity. In the background, the painting repeats smaller images of a Buddha with hands resting in meditation. This repetition serves as a visual reminder that throughout meditation practices, a person must always begin again.

About the Speaker

Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche was born into a Lama family in Dho Tarap, Dolpo, in 1982. He became a monk at the age of nine and was recognized by Dilgo Khyntse Rinpoche to be the reincarnation of the third Dolpo Nyinchung Tulki Rinpoche shortly thereafter. When he was fifteen years old, he entered Nyingma Ngagyur Institute, where he studied, debated, and researched all the sutra and tantra teachings of the Buddha for ten years under His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. He continues to teach at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute for several months out of the year. The rest of his time, he visits Dolpo and travels worldwide to give public talks and Buddhist lectures, teaching people techniques to retain peaceful minds.