Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art The Rubin Museum of Art’s immersive environment stimulates learning, promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan Asia.
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The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts oasis and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make powerful connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions. With a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions and programs—including films, concerts, and on-stage conversations—the Rubin provides immersive experiences that encourage personal discoveries and spark new ways of seeing the world. Emphasizing cross-cultural connections, the Rubin is a space to contemplate the big questions that extend across history and span human cultures.

“We are being reborn from moment to moment. The cells in our bodies, our mind states... they die and get replaced”— Lama...
03/11/2020
Mindfulness Meditation Podcast : Lama Aria Drolma on Rebirth - March 2, 2020

“We are being reborn from moment to moment. The cells in our bodies, our mind states... they die and get replaced”
— Lama Aria Drolma

Whether you’re a beginner, a dabbler, or a skilled meditator seeking the company of others, join expert teachers in a forty-five-minute weekly program designed to fit into your lunch break.

Have you picked up a copy of the Impermanence issue of Spiral magazine? You can read the articles online or digitally fl...
03/09/2020
Spiral Magazine: Impermanence - learn where to get a copy or read online

Have you picked up a copy of the Impermanence issue of Spiral magazine? You can read the articles online or digitally flip through the pages of the print version on our site.

The Rubin Museum of Art is a dynamic environment that stimulates learning, promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan Asia.

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! 💪 In this sculpture, the deity Siddha Lakshmi is presented as a guru standing on the hand...
03/08/2020

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! 💪 In this sculpture, the deity Siddha Lakshmi is presented as a guru standing on the hands of her male disciple Shiva who seeks to understand her ultimate wisdom.
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Siddha Lakshmi Nepal; 17th century; gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2004.34.4 (HAR 65402)

With a flaming sword in one hand and the fresh heart of the enemy in the other, Protector Begtse Chen symbolizes the def...
03/04/2020
Mindfulness Meditation Podcast: Tracy Cochran on Impermanence - Feb 24, 2020

With a flaming sword in one hand and the fresh heart of the enemy in the other, Protector Begtse Chen symbolizes the defeat of ego-centered conceptions. 🔥

Listen to our our latest meditation podcast episode, inspired in part by a statue of Begtse!

Theme: Impermanence About the Mindfulness Meditation Podcast The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art. This podcast...

Our recent podcast episode is inspired by stupas, a representation of an awakened mind and reminder of those who are no ...
02/28/2020
Mindfulness Meditation Podcast: Tracy Cochran on Impermanence

Our recent podcast episode is inspired by stupas, a representation of an awakened mind and reminder of those who are no longer in our earthly realm.

In India, stupas were originally hemispherical mounds made to hold sacred remains, like those of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. This is not limited to the mortal remains of a holy person but may also include objects associated with that person, such as clothes, as well as sacred texts, articles ...

Tashi delek! Happy Losar! Tibetan Buddhists around the world are celebrating the first days of the New Year with rituals...
02/25/2020

Tashi delek! Happy Losar! Tibetan Buddhists around the world are celebrating the first days of the New Year with rituals to bring about good fortune.

Celebrations may include cham dances led by monks dressed as divine figures. These auspicious dance ceremonies are performed for the greater good of all sentient beings.

We are so grateful to have worked with Tao Porchon-Lynch for several Art and Yoga retreats at the Museum. Hearing of her...
02/21/2020

We are so grateful to have worked with Tao Porchon-Lynch for several Art and Yoga retreats at the Museum. Hearing of her passing today filled us with sadness, and at the same time, the memories of her infectious smile warmed our hearts.

We know her compassion and grace will continue to inspire our staff and visitors long after she has “danced her way to the next planet.”

Does your heart hold words you never had the chance to say? 💌In “The Letter Writing Project,” you're invited to write a ...
02/21/2020
Art of the Week: "The Letter Writing Project" by artist Lee Mingwei

Does your heart hold words you never had the chance to say? 💌

In “The Letter Writing Project,” you're invited to write a letter to an absent loved one to express feelings of forgiveness, apology, or gratitude.

After his maternal grandmother passed away in the late 1990s, artist Lee Mingwei wrote many letters to her as if she were still alive, sharing thoughts and emotions he had waited too long to express. Lee describes The Letter Writing Project as a meaningful

Have you listened to our weekly mindfulness podcast?Tonight you can stream a recent episode led by Sharon Salzberg, insp...
02/11/2020
Mindfulness Meditation Podcast: Sharon Salzberg on Happiness

Have you listened to our weekly mindfulness podcast?

Tonight you can stream a recent episode led by Sharon Salzberg, inspired by a work from our collection featuring "The Red Goddess of Power, Kurukulla."

The Red Goddess of Power, dancing atop the corpse of ego and surrounded by a circle of fire, overcomes all obstacles to achieving success and accomplishing whatever is desired. Kurukulla is the best known of all Buddhist deities associated with power and her practices are used for both mundane and s...

01/31/2020
LIVE: Neel Murgai Ensemble concert rehearsal

With their unique raga-meets-chamber-jazz sound, the Neel Murgai Ensemble celebrates the worldwide release of their album, reorientation, 7:00 PM tonight at the Rubin.

Enjoy this sneak peek of tonight’s concert, presented with Brooklyn Raga Massive, an artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical and Raga inspired music. Tickets are still available: http://therubin.org/2yn

Sculptures of the Buddha often depict him slightly smiling at the moment of his enlightenment. How does meditation and e...
01/23/2020
Mindfulness Meditation Podcast: Tracy Cochran on Happiness - Jan 13, 2020

Sculptures of the Buddha often depict him slightly smiling at the moment of his enlightenment. How does meditation and enlightenment relate to happiness?

The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art.

01/20/2020
Rubin Museum of Art

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we're reflecting on our individual and collective power to bring about change. What role will spirituality play in the future of activism?

You may find inspiration today in this live recording of a 2019 talk program that explored these ideas and more with Sharon Salzberg, Serene Jones from Union Theological Seminary, New York University student Lydia Mason, and Lion's Roar.

Can spirituality power activism? Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg joins Christian progressive leader and president of Union Theological Seminary Serene Jones, and NYU student Lydia Mason, one of the next generation of black secular teen activists, for a panel discussion curated by Lions Roar. The panelists will discuss how we can better relate to ourselves, each other, and the earth to move past politics as usual.

More about this program: http://therubin.org/2ub

* The speakers will participate in a dialogue with members of the audience. Questions will not be solicited online, but online questions may be shared with the speakers after the program concludes. *

The Goddess of the Dawn, Marichi, is associated with light over coming darkness, a metaphor for removing obstacles to ha...
01/14/2020
Mindfulness Meditation Podcast: Sharon Salzberg on Happiness - Jan 6, 2020

The Goddess of the Dawn, Marichi, is associated with light over coming darkness, a metaphor for removing obstacles to happiness and well-being.

Theme: Happiness About the Mindfulness Meditation Podcast The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art. This podcast…

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01/06/2020

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Breathing Room by Nari Ward (on view through Jan 6) features black ink-coated furniture and American history textbooks, ...
01/03/2020
Art of the Week: Breathing Room by Nari Ward

Breathing Room by Nari Ward (on view through Jan 6) features black ink-coated furniture and American history textbooks, relaying connections to colonialism, the transatlantic slave trade, and the shaping of historical knowledge.

Breathing Room has multiple layers of meaning. Even its title suggests various associations with history, hope, and identity. The installation takes inspiration from the kind of period rooms one may find in a…

Generosity is a core concept in Himalayan art and is reflected in the actions of beloved deities like Green Tara. Revere...
12/26/2019

Generosity is a core concept in Himalayan art and is reflected in the actions of beloved deities like Green Tara. Revered as the goddess of enlightened action, she is depicted here in a pose of royal ease, extending her right hand in supreme generosity, providing practitioners with whatever assistance they might need.

If you’re feeling generous this giving season, consider supporting the Rubin Museum: http://therubin.org/2y5
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Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.45

How are you making offerings this holiday season?Often called “Dharma Light,” Butter Lamps are an essential element of T...
12/24/2019
Mindfulness Meditation Podcast: Tracy Cochran on Generosity

How are you making offerings this holiday season?

Often called “Dharma Light,” Butter Lamps are an essential element of Tibetan Buddhist devotional practices and represent the offering of light to enlightened beings.

The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art. This podcast…

“As long as you identify with that which dies, there is always fear of death, because it’s the fear of cessation of exis...
12/24/2019

“As long as you identify with that which dies, there is always fear of death, because it’s the fear of cessation of existence.” — Ram Dass
Ram Dass was a spiritual guide for thousands seeking truth, love, and wisdom. He shined a light on compassion, mindfulness, devotion, and much more, and was an inspiration to understanding the idea of impermanence, or to Be Here Now, a theme we’re exploring at the Rubin next year. We are grateful to have worked with the Ram Dass Becoming Nobody Film this fall, and Ram Dass, Going Home in 2017, and to have shared his teachings and story at the Rubin. May you travel safely home 🙏

Just announced: our 2020 Brainwave talk series returns in Jan. with musician Laurie Anderson, activist Tanya Selvaratnam...
12/22/2019
Brainwave Impermanence | Rubin Museum of Art

Just announced: our 2020 Brainwave talk series returns in Jan. with musician Laurie Anderson, activist Tanya Selvaratnam, artist Lee Mingwei, and more! Members get access to the presale on Jan. 7 & 8!

From early development to eventual degradation, our brains are constantly in a state of flux.This year Brainwave examines the connections between the Buddhist idea of impermanence and cutting-edge research in neuroplasticity. By exploring these changes we investigate how the brain…

‪Wondering what’s in store for the Rubin in early 2020? Here are our latest plans for exhibitions, programs, and new ope...
12/21/2019
New beginnings at the Rubin

‪Wondering what’s in store for the Rubin in early 2020? Here are our latest plans for exhibitions, programs, and new open hours in the new year!‬

At Rubin Museum Dream-Over, dreamers slept over and dreamed beneath traditional or contemporary artworks handpicked for ...
12/18/2019

At Rubin Museum Dream-Over, dreamers slept over and dreamed beneath traditional or contemporary artworks handpicked for them. Thank you everyone for your sweet dreams! (Photos: Asya Gorovits)

At Rubin Museum Dream-Over, dreamers slept over and dreamed beneath traditional or contemporary artworks handpicked for them. Thank you everyone for your sweet dreams! (Photos: Asya Gorovits)

12/13/2019
Making A Title Wall at the Rubin

Curious to see how we install exhibitions at the Rubin? Get a behind-the-scenes look at how we made the title wall for “Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power,” on view now at the museum! #RubinBehindTheScenes

12/12/2019
The Healing Power of Personal Truths: Eve Ensler + Sensei Koshin Paley Ellisonm

Eve Ensler — the Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist — meets with Zen teacher Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison for an evening of personal storytelling. Their conversation will cover the challenge of coming to terms with painful truths, and is moderated by Eddie Gonzalez, the engagement manager for On Being and the Civil Conversations Project.

12/12/2019
The Healing Power of Personal Truths: Eve Ensler + Sensei Koshin Paley Ellisonm

Eve Ensler — the Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist — meets with Zen teacher Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison for an evening of personal storytelling. Their conversation will cover the challenge of coming to terms with painful truths, and is moderated by Eddie Gonzalez, the engagement manager for On Being and the Civil Conversations Project.

12/12/2019
The Healing Power of Personal Truths: Eve Ensler + Sensei Koshin Paley Ellisonm

Eve Ensler — the Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist — meets with Zen teacher Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison for an evening of personal storytelling. Their conversation will cover the challenge of coming to terms with painful truths, and is moderated by Eddie Gonzalez, the engagement manager for On Being and the Civil Conversations Project.

Pallavi Paul’s “Burn the Diaries” is inspired by the story of Noor Inayat Khan, who vanished during WWII while serving a...
12/05/2019
Art of the Week: Burn the Diaries, 21st century

Pallavi Paul’s “Burn the Diaries” is inspired by the story of Noor Inayat Khan, who vanished during WWII while serving as a spy for the British government. Her body was never recovered, and her file is laced with contradictions and gaps.

Pallavi Paul’s installation Burn the Diaries (2014–2019) poses questions about the power of language and truth. The monumental 110-foot-silk scroll spills into the gallery space and features translated excerpts in Morse code and English from the personn...

Compassion is considered a powerful and necessary agent that leads to the realization of nirvana.
12/03/2019
Mindfulness Meditation Pocast: Lama Aria Drolma on Compassion, 11/15/19

Compassion is considered a powerful and necessary agent that leads to the realization of nirvana.

Theme: Gratitude About the Meditation Meditation session led by Lama Aria Drolma. The guided meditation begins at 16:41. For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase ...

Yesterday, we learned of the passing of Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, the "Medicine Buddha" who spent this lifetime working to bene...
11/27/2019
Dr. Yeshi Dhonden: Living “Medicine Buddha” | Rubin Museum of Art

Yesterday, we learned of the passing of Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, the "Medicine Buddha" who spent this lifetime working to benefit the lives of countless patients and once served as the personal doctor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

We are honored to have met Dr. Yeshi Dhonden who helped enrich our understanding of the medicine and astrological works in our collection. May he continue his work to benefit all beings in his next lifetime. 🙏OM Mani Padme Hung

This blog post is written by Tashi Chodron, the Rubin Museum’s Assistant Manager of Himalayan Cultural Programs & Partnerships. What do you think of when you see a work of art from a bygone era? Don’t be fooled into thinking…

“True wisdom can only be passed on by the touching of hands.” 🤝
11/25/2019
Art of the Week: Touching of Hands, 21st Century

“True wisdom can only be passed on by the touching of hands.” 🤝

The title of this work refers to the artist and mystic Brion Gysin’s remark to Breyer P-Orridge that “true wisdom can only be passed on by the touching of hands

Social media feeds us too much information every day, and sometimes it can feel disturbing. Take a pause to quiet your m...
11/20/2019
Mindfulness Meditation Podcast | Rubin Museum of Art

Social media feeds us too much information every day, and sometimes it can feel disturbing. Take a pause to quiet your mind with our Mindfulness Meditation Podcast.

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Mindfulness Meditation is a refuge from the world around us, as well as an opportunity to engage with it…

Did you know, mantras housed inside prayer wheels are sacred objects, considered the Buddha's incorporeal Dharma relics?...
11/18/2019
Art of the Week: Handheld Prayer Wheel, early 20th century

Did you know, mantras housed inside prayer wheels are sacred objects, considered the Buddha's incorporeal Dharma relics? When the wheel is spun, the mantras are activated and released into the universe.

Stupas came to symbolize the Buddha’s enlightened body and mind. Prayer wheels, ritual implements containing mantras that are believed to be released as the wheel turns, are also associated with relics. The cylinder that houses the mantras is called the…

11/14/2019
Yogishri + Bijan Sabet onstage at the Rubin Museum

In the business world, success is equated with material gain. But does financial success yield happiness? Philosopher Yogishri and veteran investor Bijan Sabet search for a better answer at the Rubin Museum in New York.

Their onstage conversation is followed by a Q&A with members of the audience in the Museum’s theater. For more information about this program, please visit our website: http://therubin.org/2w3

Shahidul Alam's photo speaks to the power of language and protest at a time when a nation endeavored to recover its demo...
11/11/2019
Art of the Week: Smriti Azad by Shahidul Alam

Shahidul Alam's photo speaks to the power of language and protest at a time when a nation endeavored to recover its democracy.

This image shows photographer and activist Shahidul Alam’s image of singer and performer Smriti Azad protesting at a rally at Shaheed Minar, a national monument in Dhaka. Azad had attended political rallies with her sister as a child, and in…

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...sending Loving Blessings...
if anyone is seeking a ticket to tonight's talk i cannot make it, lemme know soon
Medicine Woman Gina Breedlove will bring her Sound Healing & Music ritual to Naked Soul at the Rubin on June 14th, 7pm- tkts on sale now https://youtu.be/XIhqUg8LPeY
You can enter your intention from the Bay Area and someone in NY will spin the wheel for you! ++ ❤️ thank you Cindy Mieri
DJ ROSHNI SAMLAL spinning wonderful beats Friday night, a great way to spend the evening grooving to the sacred art of my pees!
It's time to plan for the weekend. Get your tickets for the Concert to Feed the Hungry April 28, NYC! It's a great night of music benefiting Buddhist Global Relief! Tickets:
There membership is rather steep........it is so close, but with limited income....i have to make choices who i can support.....i am overwhelmed with medical bills for my back....some medical providers are treating me for free......i have to say that is because of "legacy of white, good family privelege" which is unfair........my support goes to PBS and would go to Animal Rescue Shelters...where for free I adopted Chester......best, ellen streger
I have a membership to the Rubin Museum, devoted to the Buddhist way of life. Fascinating place, so if anybody wants to join me, I can take a guest in for free. Then we can lunch at Union Square Flea Market, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.
Mantras of 21 Tara by Jowo Atisha's tradition
Mark Rubin I think we need to visit
Jamband online advertised Chris Robinson performing at last evenings event. I took a two hour train and bought two tickets to the event, with this understanding. No explanation on the webpage or last evening as to why he did not perform?
FluxBuddha is happening at the Rubin tomorrow night. What is FluxBuddha. I sat down with Tricycle's Julia Hirsch to discuss it. Read the interview here.