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Welcome to Season 2 of AWAKEN””a Webby Honoree podcast about the dynamic path to enlightenment and what it means to “wake up.” In this new season hosted by singer and songwriter Raveena Aurora, Buddhist teachers, writers, artists, activists, and others use a Tibetan Buddhist mandala as a guide and share how they wrestle and learn from five challenging emotions””anger, pride, attachment, envy, and ignorance.

Episode guests in order of appearance: Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Mark Epstein, Raveena Aurora, Ruth Ozeki, Madame Gandhi, adrienne maree brown, and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

AWAKEN Season 2 will launch on October 4, 2022.


AWAKEN is produced by the Rubin Museum of Art with Dawn Eshelman, Tenzin Gelek, Jamie Lawyer, and Christina Watson in collaboration with SOUND MADE PUBLIC including Tania Ketenjian, Emma Vecchione, Philip Wood, and Jeremiah Moore.

Music by Hannis Brown and Alexis Cuadrado.


AWAKEN Season 2 is part of the Rubin Museum’s Mandala Lab multiyear initiative generously supported by 39 donors and sponsors. Lead support is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and the Tiger Baron Foundation.

Public funding is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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