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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Lama Aria Drolma.

The guided meditation begins at 17:03.

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.

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Tibetan Bodhiseed Prayer Beads; Tibet; 19th century; Phoenix eye bodhiseed, rudraksha, and bronze; Rubin Museum of Art, Gift of Anne Breckenridge Dorsey; C2012.6.6

This Tibetan prayer beads strand (trengwa) exemplifies the simple but traditional structure of prayer beads used by Tibetan Buddhists. The 108 beads are usually divided into 4 groups of 27 by 3 additional separator beads, typically of a different material, and a bead that connects the two ends of a strand, usually a little larger and topped by a stupa-shaped attachment, called a guru bead. The symbolism of the guru bead varies in different traditions but generally signifies the ultimate truth, or Dharmakaya, understood as a formless dimension of the Buddha’s enlightened body.

About the Speaker

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.