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

The guided meditation begins at 10:09.

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.


Model of the Mahabodhi Temple; eastern India, probably Bodhgaya; ca. 11th century; stone (serpentinite); purchased with funds from Ann and Matt Nimetz and Rubin Museum of Art; C2019.2.2 (HAR 68417)

This work of art was created by Choying Dorje (1604–1674), the Tenth Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Not only was the Tenth Karmapa a revered spiritual leader, he was also a remarkable artist. The Karmapa’s love of animals is often subtlety incorporated into his works. Here, a pair of birds can be found nestled in a leafy bower above Tara’s head.

From a young age the Karmapa demonstrated a proclivity for both painting and sculpting. He was particularly drawn to metalwork from Kashmir and Swat. These stylistic influences are evident in this sculpture of the goddess Tara.

Tara is a completely enlightened Buddha, who typically appears in the form of a radiant young woman. The green form of Tara is known for bestowing protection from the Eight Fears. She helps us to overcome internal and external states of turmoil. Tara is beloved in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.


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.