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Theme: Gratitude

About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Lama Aria Drolma. The guided meditation begins at 16:41.

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 sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and the Interdependence Project. This program is supported in part by the Hemera Foundation.


Standing Sadaksari Lokesvara
A Standing Sadaksari Lokesvara Nepal; 16th century Copper alloy; repoussé Rubin Museum of Art C2003.46.2

In embossing, sheets of soft, malleable metals such as gold, silver, lead, or copper are hammered over matrices of wood and other materials, tempered, and hammered again until they assume the intended form. Large and complex sculptures are worked on in parts and later assembled with the help of riveting and soldering. Some small parts can be cast as well. Chiseling and sometimes gilding are employed in the finishing process.

Mahayana Buddhism views universal compassion as a powerful agent that, united with transcendental or divine knowledge, brings about the realization of nirvana. The highest Buddhist representation of compassion is the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who in his multiple manifestations engenders and inspires a deep awareness of the suffering of all sentient beings coupled with the wish to relieve it.

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 and offers corporate meditation programs and is also invited as a Keynote speaker at universities and organization. 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 volunteers as a fundraiser for breast cancer research and supports several nonprofit organizations.