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In this episode, Dawnette Samuels describes a beautiful portrait of the Buddha Maitreya, or the Future Buddha, near his cave of meditation. Then the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi teaches us how Maitreya can inspire our own buddha nature and potential for buddhahood.

The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is an innovative thinker, philosopher, educator, and polymath monk. He is president and CEO of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a center dedicated to inquiry, dialogue, and education on the ethical and humane dimensions of life. The Center is a collaborative and nonpartisan think tank, and its programs emphasize responsibility and examine meaningfulness and moral purpose between individuals, organizations, and societies. Six Nobel Peace Laureates serve as the Center’s founding members, and its programs run in several countries and are expanding. Venerable Tenzin entered a Buddhist monastery at the age of ten and received his graduate education at Harvard University with degrees ranging from philosophy to physics to international relations. He is a Tribeca Disruptive Fellow and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi’s memoir, Running Toward Mystery: The Adventure of an Unconventional Life, was recently released and tells the beautiful story of a singular life compelled to contemplation, sharing lessons about the power of mentorship and an open mind.

Dawnette Samuels is the manager of Visitor Experience and Interpretation at the Rubin Museum of Art. She is also a trained museum educator and leads tours for a wide range of audiences including K”“12 students, adults, seniors, visitors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and visitors who are blind or partially sighted.