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

The guided meditation begins at 20:08.

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 and a 20-minute meditation session.



White Tara; Tibet; 15th century; brass; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.34 (HAR 65457)
White Tara; Tibet; 15th century; brass; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.34 (HAR 65457)

Tara is a completely enlightened Buddha who has promised to appear in the future in the form of a female bodhisattva and deity for the benefit of all beings. Tara typically appears in the form of a radiant young woman. The white form of Tara is one of the three deities, along with Amitayus and Ushnishavijaya, associated with promoting longevity. Tara is beloved in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tara has three eyes on her face; the third located at the center of her forehead, and one eye on each of her palms. This sculpture is cast in one piece and decorated with chased ornaments. Tara has a slight tilt to her head. This animated style of portraying Tara was favored by some artists of the 15th century. Tara embodies compassionate action and the willingness to embrace all beings without judgment. Her 10-syllable mantra Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha is memorized and recited by Tibetans from early childhood. Reciting this mantra with devotion strengthens our connection to Tara, bestows us with protection, and helps us accrue merit.



lama aria drolma headshot photo

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.