About the Meditation
Meditation session led by Lama Aria Drolma. The guided meditation begins at 22:26.
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 sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.
This 19th-century painting from Tibet or Nepal depicts a red Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, standing with his right hand extended in a gift-giving gesture while holding a lotus flower that blooms above his shoulder. His mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum,” which is said to contain all the teachings of Buddha, is the most written, recited, and repeated prayer in all of the Himalayas. It is often chanted several times every day and is inscribed on walls and stones along trails. It is believed that simply seeing these walls and stones, or “mani,” allows anyone traveling these paths to gain good merit.
About the Speaker
Lama Aria Drolma is a formally authorized Buddhist teacher and a lineage holder 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.