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

The guided meditation begins at 15:16.

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; Swat; 8th century; bronze; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.71.10
Buddha Shakyamuni; Swat; 8th century; bronze; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.71.10

This exceptionally well preserved sculpture dates from the eighth century of the Common Era. It was made in the Swat Valley, which is in today’s Pakistan. The central figure is Buddha Shakyamuni , the historic Buddha, in a position of repose. He is surrounded by Maitreya, the buddha of the future, who will usher in a golden age of peace and harmony, and Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, who has vowed to remain in the cycle of rebirth throughout time to work for the benefit of all beings.

Works of art from the western Himalayan region, encompassing Swat, Kashmir, and western Tibet are distinct. Characteristics of the Swat Valley style include sculptures with a lotus base and large petals. The style reached its peak between the sixth and nineth centuries of the Common Era. The most commonly depicted figures are Buddha Shakyamuni , Maitreya, and Avalokiteshvara, as seen here.



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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.