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Theme: Feminine Power

One of the finest examples of Nepalese craftsmanship, this sculpture ofDurga Killing the Buffalo Demonis a jewel of the Rubin’s collection. According to her story, a terrible demon set out to terrorize the world and could not be defeated by the gods. This sculpture depicts the final dramatic scene of the story, where Durga cuts of the head of a buffalo, the demon’s current form, pulling him out of the Buffalo’s body. Durga holds a spear piercing the demons heart. Durga represents the ultimate expression of feminine energy that animates all things in the universe.

Image credit:Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon, Nepal; 13th century, Gilt copper alloy, Rubin Museum of Art, C2005.16.11 (HAR 65433)

Mindfulness Meditation Series

Himalayan practitioners have, for centuries, used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase one’s ability to focus. Now, western scientists, business leaders, and the secular world have embraced meditation as a vital tool for brain health. Learn more

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and the Interdependence Project.

About the Speaker

Kate Johnson works at the intersections of spiritual practice, social action, and creative expression. She teaches mindful yoga in NYC public schools, teaches Buddhist meditation at the Interdependence Project, and facilitates an embodied approach to organizational and leadership development for social change agents and communities. Johnson holds a BFA in dance from the Alvin Ailey School/Fordham University and a MA in performance studies from NYU. She has trained at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, Laughing Lotus Yoga, and the Presencing Institute.