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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Lama Aria Drolma.

The guided meditation begins at 17:48.

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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Mandala of Chandra; Nepal; ca. 1500; pigments on cloth; paintings; Rubin Museum of Art; gift of Shelly and Donald Rubin; C2010.23 (HAR 100016)

This mandala is centered on Chandra, the white moon god, who holds the stalks of two white lotuses. He is flanked by his two consorts, and the charioteer Ambara sits directly in front of him controlling the seven white ganders pulling his chariot. The inner circle also houses depictions of the eight planets. The sixteen deities in the second circle all mirror Chandra in iconography and likely represent the phases of the moon. The outer circle houses a group of twenty-eight constellations (nakshatra) that correspond to a group of goddesses. In the corners around the mandala are the signs of the zodiac and two narrative scenes in which animals seem to offer food to human figures.

About the Speaker

Lama Aria Drolma is a formally authorized Buddhist teacher trained in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. She has over a decade of monastic study and meditation training and is a graduate of the three-year, three-month traditional Tibetan Buddhist retreat, an advanced cloistered meditation training program at Palpung Thubten Choling Monastery, New York.

She is respected as a leading expert in Mindfulness Meditation and has trained extensively in the Dharma Path Program of Mindfulness and Contemplations at Palpung Thubten Choling Monastery, New York.

Lama Aria Drolma teaches worldwide, leading retreats, workshops, and corporate meditation programs, and she is a popular guest speaker at universities and organizations. She teaches Vajrayana Buddhism and Buddhist principles, making them relevant to our everyday lives, helping us cultivate loving-kindness and compassion, and bringing about a transformation of contentment and well-being.