About the Meditation
Meditation session led by Phakchok Rinpoche.
The guided meditation begins at 21:52.
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 meditation session, and a closing discussion.
Human Cranium Prayer Beads
Tantric practices combined with Tibetan Buddhists’ fervent devotion to religious teachers and tantric masters are evident in the particular thoughtfulness given to prayer beads carved out of human cranium. These beads are said to be especially potent and beneficial for wrathful tantric Buddhist practices and can only be handled and used by those who have been initiated into the practice. It is prescribed that they should not be seen or touched by others, and when not in use should be placed on an elevated or consecrated ground. If these beads contain fragments of the cranium of a famous master, their effectiveness and the power of the master’s blessing are greatly increased and continue to grow exponentially with each recitation during the practice.
About the Speaker
His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche is the lineage holder of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was born in 1990 and recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa as the tulku, or rebirth, of Kalu Rinpoche (1905″“1989), a renowned Buddhist meditation master and scholar who was one of the first Tibetan lamas to teach in the West. The current Kalu Rinpoche completed his traditional three-year retreat between 2004 and 2008. Rinpoche now teaches Niguma Yoga around the world to cultivate awareness and to promote physical and mental well-being.