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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Lama Aria Drolma.

The guided meditation begins at 20:26.

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.

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and the Interdependence Project. This program is supported in part by the Hemera Foundation.


Theme:Facing Chaos

Green Tara Protectress from Eight Fears Tibet; 19th century Pigments on cloth Rubin Museum of Art Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin C2012.4.7 (HAR 53406)
Green Tara Protectress from Eight Fears Tibet; 19th century Pigments on cloth Rubin Museum of Art Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin C2012.4.7 (HAR 53406)

Green Tara, the protectress from the eight fears, is depicted at the top of this painting, accompanied by three figures wearing the monastic robes and yellow pandita hats of the Gelug Tradition. On the left side is Shakyamui Buddha in gold. On the right is “Secret Accomplishment” Hayagriva, who is red in color with three faces and six hands.

Seven additional Taras appear in the lower composition surrounding the lotus seat of the central Tara. All are green and identical in form. As a group they represent the eight Taras protecting from the eight fears.Beginning with the central Tara and moving clockwise, they represent protection from wrongful imprisonment, elephants, bandits, ghosts, water, snakes, fire, and lions. A depiction of each fear is located below each Tara..

About the Speaker

Lama Aria Drolma is a formally authorized Buddhist teacher trained in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. She has over a decade of monastic study and meditation training and is a graduate of the three-year, three-month traditional Tibetan Buddhist retreat, an advanced cloistered meditation training program at Palpung Thubten Choling Monastery, New York.

She is respected as a leading expert in Mindfulness Meditation and has trained extensively in the Dharma Path Program of Mindfulness and Contemplations at Palpung Thubten Choling Monastery, New York.

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