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Wavelength: Talks, Films, and Experiences

MEMBERS PRE-SALE ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

Sound permeates our daily lives and shapes our existence. From “ear yoga” to Buddhist-inspired opera, talks and programs this fall build on themes in our exhibition, The World Is Sound. Can sounds heal? Can we navigate life better with song? Experts delve into these questions and more. Members pre-sale tickets are available on September 12 and public tickets go on sale September 13.

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Tickets can be purchased online using your Member ID number or over the phone at 212.620.5000 x344.

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On-Stage Conversations

Buddha, Mara, and the Question of Evil with Stephen Batchelor
Sunday, October 15
4:00 PM | $45.00
Prominent Buddhist thinker Stephen Batchelor talks about the philosophy and psychology of good and evil through the figure of Mara, the Buddhist equivalent of the Devil. Having overcome Mara in his struggle for awakening, Gotama (Siddhartha Gautama) nonetheless continues to engage with him until the very end of his life.
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MARA: A Chamber Opera
Wednesday, October 18
7:00 PM | $22.50
No great transformation is without its obstacles. Upon leaving home at the age of 29 on his quest for enlightenment, Siddhattha Gotama (Siddhartha Gautama) engaged in a sustained struggle to understand and overcome the forces that stood in his way. Once he had realized his goal and become the Buddha, he still had to contend with forces that resisted the establishment of his teachings and community. These psychological, physical, social, and institutional powers are personified in the complex, demonic figure of Mara. In MARA: A Chamber Opera, these deeply human conflicts are played out in a 75-minute performance with a libretto by best-selling Buddhist author Stephen Batchelor and music by Sherry Woods.
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MARA: A Chamber Opera
Friday, October 20
7:00 PM | $22.50
No great transformation is without its obstacles. Upon leaving home at the age of 29 on his quest for enlightenment, Siddhattha Gotama (Siddhartha Gautama) engaged in a sustained struggle to understand and overcome the forces that stood in his way. Once he had realized his goal and become the Buddha, he still had to contend with forces that resisted the establishment of his teachings and community. These psychological, physical, social, and institutional powers are personified in the complex, demonic figure of Mara. In MARA: A Chamber Opera, these deeply human conflicts are played out in a 75-minute performance with a libretto by best-selling Buddhist author Stephen Batchelor and music by Sherry Woods.
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Dr. Andrew Weil + Meredith Monk
Monday, October 23
2:00 PM | $27.00
How can sound help us heal? The rise of sound meditation and therapy to ease pain and focus the mind have broadened our expectations of what sound can achieve. Listening inwardly, experiencing pitch vibrations, or surrendering to melodies can offer increased awareness, mental control, and even promote physical healing.
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Buddhist Rock-Cut Monasteries of the Western Ghats
Wednesday, October 25
7:00 PM | $16.20
Some of the most spectacular examples of ancient Buddhist architecture can be found in the rugged landscape of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, where shrines and the dwellings of monks and nuns were carved from the rocky faces of the mountains.
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The Runaway Species with David Eagleman + Anthony Brandt
Thursday, October 26
7:00 PM | $19.80
What single trait best defines the power and promise of the human species? According to New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt, humanity’s insatiable drive to create is the ultimate force for transformation and progress.
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The Sound of the Vedas
Friday, November 3
7:00 PM | $18.00
The Vedas comprise an oral tradition that has transmitted religious teachings for thousands of years on the Indian subcontinent. A complex system of mnemonic devices was developed to transmit the teachings from generation to generation in the belief that the potency of the mantras lies in their sound when pronounced. Vedic meditation teacher Thom Knoles explores these rich and complex texts with New York Vedanta Society Leader Swami Sarvapriyananda, in a session that seeks to understand the importance of sound in sacred practices.
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Music, Meditation and Emotional Intelligence
Wednesday, November 15
7:00 PM | $22.50
Meditation can change your mind, brain, and body. So can music. Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Altered Traits sits down with a musician to probe how music and meditation might each access our brains to perhaps similar ends, and how we can use one to enhance the other. The program will be followed by a book signing.
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Ram Dass, Going Home
Wednesday, November 29
7:00 PM | $16.20
Director Derek Peck hosts two screenings of his poignant and insightful short film Ram Dass, Going Home. A timely examination of his life learning and awareness, the film is a nuanced meditation on life, death, and the soul’s journey home.
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Ram Dass, Going Home
Friday, December 1
7:00 PM | $16.20
Director Derek Peck hosts two screenings of his poignant and insightful short film Ram Dass, Going Home. A timely examination of his life learning and awareness, the film is a nuanced meditation on life, death, and the soul’s journey home.
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The Sound of M Butterfly
Friday, December 8
7:00 PM | $22.50
What is the most mesmerizing music you’ve ever heard? The soaring melodies of an opera can leave us spellbound, with carefully sung notes evoking powerful emotions that go against the grain of reason.
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Ear Yoga: Think With Your Ears
Wednesday, December 13
6:30 PM | $31.50
Sound Artist Bruce Odland has spent his career highlighting the complex and vibrant sonic landscapes that make up our world. In this intimate workshop, Odland will facilitate a series of exercises designed to stimulate the “hunter-gatherer” precision of hearing.
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Ear Yoga: Think With Your Ears
Wednesday, December 13
8:00 PM | $31.50
Sound Artist Bruce Odland has spent his career highlighting the complex and vibrant sonic landscapes that make up our world. In this intimate workshop, Odland will facilitate a series of exercises designed to stimulate the “hunter-gatherer” precision of hearing.
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The World Is Sound exhibition is made possible through the generosity of HARMAN. Major support is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Rasika and Girish Reddy. The Rubin also thanks Preethi Krishna and Ram Sundaram and contributors to the 2017 Exhibitions Fund.

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