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The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art. This podcast is recorded in front of a live audience, and includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. The guided meditation begins at 24:00.

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Theme: Compassion
Related Artwork
The All-Seeing Lord, Avalokiteshvara; Tibet; 12th century; copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.24.1 (HAR 65117)
The All-Seeing Lord, Avalokiteshvara; Tibet; 12th century; copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.24.1 (HAR 65117)
Artwork Description

The compassionate and merciful Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, whose name means “Lord who looks down with compassion,” is the patron deity of Tibet.

The gentle All-Seeing Lord is posed with his legs bent as if in a seated dance. His matted locks are piled high and cords drape across his chest. He is depicted here with the sensuous beauty of the Hindu god Shiva, as Buddhist cults of the All-Seeing Lord in the Himalayas absorbed many features of Hindu Shiva cults.

About the Speaker

Lama Aria Drolma has been studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism for over 10 years. She is trained in the Dharma Path program of progressive stages of meditation and contemplation for serious practitioners offered by Kagyu Thubten Choling monastery. Lama Aria Drolma teaches meditation worldwide, offers corporate meditation programs, and is also invited as a keynote speaker at universities and other organizations. Lama Aria Drolma is a graduate of a traditional Tibetan Buddhist retreat spanning three years and three months, which is an advanced, completely cloistered, intensive meditation training program. She attended Mumbai University in India and graduated with a B.A. in sociology, and is trained in computer programming from NIIT, India. Lama Aria Drolma also actively volunteers as a fundraiser for breast cancer research and supports several nonprofit organizations.