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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 10:02.

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.



Kalachakra Cosmology Illustration; Tibet; 16th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2009.9 (HAR 61200)
Kalachakra Cosmology Illustration; Tibet; 16th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2009.9 (HAR 61200)

The Kalachakra Cosmology Illustration is a double-sided scroll that presents diagrams exploring various aspects of the cosmos as described in a Buddhist text called the Wheel of Time (Kalachakra) Tantra. This tantra emphasizes the correlations between the outward appearances of the universe and the human body.

On the scroll there is a depiction of the Cosmic Man. Branching off from the central channel of this “cosmic man” are six centers, or chakras, associated with the six elements: space, located at the crown; water, at the forehead; fire, at the throat; wind, at the heart; earth, at the navel; and awareness, at the genitals. In addition to these primary chakras, the painting also depicts the chakras at the main joints, which correlate to the twelve signs of the zodiac. The figure’s fingers correspond to the elements: earth, fire, air, water, and space.



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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.