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Theme: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World

This magnificent wooden sculpture has been labeled as many different goddesses, showing the depth and complexity of Nepalese religion. In one way, she can be interpreted as Yellow Tara who is associated with abundance. In Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual, this figure has been identified as Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. It is likely that this sculpture would have guarded the treasure room of an affluent Newar family. Though wealth brings to mind the trappings of materialism, it can be used as a metaphor for spiritual insights. Lakshmi could also be seen as a role model since by feeling wealthy ourselves, we can act in supreme generosity and offer our riches to those who need them.

Image credit: Lotus Goddess, Lakshmi, Nepal, 17th century, Wood, 24.375″ h. x 20.5″ w. x 8.75″ d., Rubin Museum of Art Formerly of Joe Gelpey Collection, C2008.1a-b (HAR 65821).

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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.