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Letter to a Future Visitor

What if you could directly communicate with someone who walks in your footsteps long after you’ve departed?

Here is a chance to influence, even curate, a subsequent visitor’s experience of the Rubin. By writing a letter to a future visitor, you can give them directions to what you enjoyed best about your own visit to the Museum. Your words might influence the choices they make two days, two weeks, or even two months hence. It’s about the future, and how your actions today can alter the life of someone else tomorrow.

Starting February 2, 2018, visitors to the Rubin will receive just such a letter. You will have the chance to both write and receive a letter. If you are curious for the chance to meet your letter writer, leave your email address when you write your own letter. We will invite you to the gathering of letter writers when this experiment in forming the future concludes at the end of the year.

Padmasambhava, the tantric adept who introduced Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century, is credited with planting teachings into future minds. His teachings, like those that became known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead, fundamentally changed the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. What if you could fundamentally change the perception of a future visitor through the content of your letter?

Letter writing desks are situated on the fourth floor gallery (Sacred Spaces) and on the south side of Café Serai.