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This week’s meditation session is led by Lama Aria Drolma and the theme is Love.

The guided meditation begins at 11:29.

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.



Buddha Shakyamuni; northwestern Nepal, Khasa Malla rule; 13th14th century; gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.24.1 (HAR 65687)
Buddha Shakyamuni; northwestern Nepal, Khasa Malla rule; 13th14th century; gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.24.1 (HAR 65687)

This remarkable depiction of Buddha Shakyamuni, the historic Buddha, who lived in the 5th century BCE, was created in the 13th–14th century in northwestern Nepal during the period of Khasa-Malla rule.

A unique feature of this work of art is that the Buddha is adorned with earrings. Typically, Buddha Shakyamuni is portrayed in an ascetic manner, to demonstrate how he renounced all attachment to the material world.

The Buddha is seated in the vajra, or lotus, posture. This was his pose when he attained enlightenment in that sacred spot under the bodhi tree in Bodhaya, India. As we gaze upon him, let us open our hearts to more fully embody love.



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Lama Aria Drolma is an ordained Buddhist teacher in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, who has completed over a decade of monastic study and meditation training. She is a graduate of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist retreat program spanning three years and three months, an advanced cloistered meditation training program at Palpung Thubten Choling Monastery, New York.

Lama Aria Drolma teaches worldwide, leading retreats, workshops, and corporate meditation programs and is a popular guest speaker at universities and organizations. She emphasizes Vajrayana Buddhism and Buddhist principles, making them relevant in our everyday lives, helping us to cultivate loving kindness and compassion, and bringing about a transformation of contentment and a genuine sense of well-being.

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.