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Everything is in a constant cycle of birth and death: cells are born and die, synapses, emotions, ideas. Whether it’s the birth of a new identity, way of seeing, or spiritual awakening, these transitions occur every day, every moment. How we face those moments—and move through them—can be a source of great awakening.

AWAKEN Season 3 is hosted by singer and songwriter Falu. Guests featured in this episode include Visionary artists and founders of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors Alex and Allyson Grey, artist, director, and author Chella Man, professor, clinical psychologist, and scientist Dr. Lisa Miller, Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher and author Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, neuroscientist and author Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author and poet Michelle Tea, and neuroscientist Dr. Kay Tye. Learn more about our guests.



Birth of the Buddha; Tibet; 19th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2004.14.6 (HAR 65342)

The very colorful thangka painting, adapted from a Derge xylograph, features Mayadevi giving birth to Siddhartha as its principal subject. Indra and Brahma, shown here with only one head instead of four, receive the newborn Siddhartha in a white blanket.

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AWAKEN is produced by the Rubin Museum of Art with Jamie Lawyer, Sarah Zabrodski, Christina Watson, Gracie Marotta, and Tenzin Gelek in collaboration with SOUND MADE PUBLIC including Tania Ketenjian, Sarah Conlisk, Philip Wood, Alessandro Santoro, and Jeremiah Moore.

Original music has been produced by Hannis Brown with additional music from Blue Dot Sessions.


AWAKEN Season 3 and the exhibition Death Is Not the End are supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, and The Prospect Hill Foundation.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Death Is Not the End is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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