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Theme: Perception

One of the most important bodhisattvas in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, Manjushri (Sanskrit for “Gentle Glory”) is the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. Tantric literature depicts Manjushri as a beautiful sixteen year old prince holding a flaming sword in his right hand high above his head. His other hand rests in front of his heart gently grasping a pecha: an unbounded Himalayan book. The flaming sword he holds cuts through beings’ ignorance severing their attachments that keep them bound to cyclical existence

Image Credit: Manjushri Namasamgiti,Tibet; 19th century, Metal alloy, Rubin Museum of Art Gift of Shelly and Donald Rubin, C2013.9a-c

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 New York Insight Meditation Center.

About the Speaker

Jon Aaron teaches at the New York Insight Meditation Center, and is the guiding teacher of the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. He is a certified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and has taught over 40 cycles of the seminal curriculum. He is a co-founding member of New York Mindfulness Meditation Collaborative. He has completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, as well as the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care program with the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and continues his studies in non-dual traditions with his primary teacher Matthew Flickstein. He is also certified in Somatic Experiencing.