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A meditation session led by Lama Aria Drolma.

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Mindfulness meditation offers both a refuge from the world around us, and an opportunity to engage with it more consciously.

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. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Designed to fit into your lunch break, the program includes 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.

Tara; Tibet; 18th century; Pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art Collection of Shelly and Donald Rubin; C2006.66.567 (HAR 1049)
Tara; Tibet; 18th century; Pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art Collection of Shelly and Donald Rubin; C2006.66.567 (HAR 1049)

Theme: Love

One of the most popular deities in the Himalayas, Tara personifies enlightened action. In this 19th-century painting from Tibet, she sits surrounded by twenty-one manifestations of herself as well as a host of other celestial beings. Any practitioner, at any level on the path, can invoke the 21 Taras, each of which is linked to a certain energy and color. By invoking her presence, practitioners believe they can benefit from her boundless love and compassion to help all beings end their suffering.

About the Speaker

Lama Aria Drolma has been studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism since 2008 and is trained in the Dharma Path program of progressive stages of meditation and contemplation for serious practitioners offered by Kagyu Thubten Choling monastery. She teaches at the monastery’s affiliated centers, at the Hindu Samaj Temple, and the Cultural Center and Jain Temple in Poughkeepsie. 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. She also does volunteer work for several nonprofit organizations, including fundraising for breast cancer and HIV/AIDS-related issues.