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Art in Context

Art in Context courses offer a way to explore Himalayan art more deeply. Using the museum's collection as a central point of reference, courses introduce the religion, culture, and art making-practices of the Himalayan region through deep looking, class discussion, and instructor expertise.

Shakyamuni Buddha Tibet; 13th Century Gilt Copper Alloy with Pigment; Rubin Museum of Art C2005.16.31 (HAR 65454)Enlightened Iconography
Michael Obremski

Wednesdays: February 5–26
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 

Participants will explore the rich world of Tibetan Buddhist sacred art as an expression of enlightened energy through a lively discussion of paintings, sculpture, and textiles in the Rubin Museum collection. The class will provide opportunities to reflect on the symbolism and ritual function of these sacred artifacts as well as their relevance to contemporary life.

No experience necessary. All materials included. Registration is required, as space is limited.

Course Fee:
$125; 10% off for members

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Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellation made at least one week prior to the first class will be refunded for the full amount. Requests made within one week and prior to 48 hours before the first class will be refunded for ½ of the total amount paid. Requests made within 48 hours of the first class will not be refunded.

Michael Obremski is Coordinator of Adult & Academic Programs and has been Guide at the Rubin Museum for the past two and half years where he has deepened his knowledge of Tibetan art and Buddhism through the Museum’s resources. A former student of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, Michael draws heavily on his experience there. Prior to living in New York City, he lived in Providence, RI, where he completed a BA and MFA at Brown University.

 

Psyche, Sound, and Emptiness
with Royce Froehlich

Fridays, March 7-28
6:30-8:30 pm

 

What did the composer John Cage and the psychoanalyst Carl Jung have in common? A fascination with the I-Ching, the teachings of the Hindu saint Ramakrishna, Buddhism as introduced to the West by D.T. Suzuki, and sacred Tibetan texts. Participants will listen to Cage’s music and explore his theory of Silence, study Jung’s theories of the psyche and his thoughts on East-West dialogue, and sample a variety of attention focusing, meditative practices to explore how Eastern thought has inspired artists and psychologists, as well as their relevance in our lives today.

No experience necessary. All materials included. Registration is required, as space is limited.

Course Fee: $125; 10% off for members

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Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellation made at least one week prior to the first class will be refunded for the full amount. Requests made within one week and prior to 48 hours before the first class will be refunded for ½ of the total amount paid. Requests made within 48 hours of the first class will not be refunded.

Royce Froehlich, LCSW, MDiv, MA, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in NYC. He is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University's School of Social Work, The New School for Liberal Arts (Media Studies), and the C.G. Jung Institute of New York where he is now a member of the teaching faculty. He also teaches at the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology.

 

 




Laraaji Workshop
with autoharpist Laraaji (Edward Larry Gordon)

Friday March 21, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join autoharpist Laraaji (Edward Larry Gordon) for a special evening workshop!
The workshop is being offered in conjunction with Psyche, Sound, and Emptiness with Royce Froehlich.

Course Fee: $40

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No experience necessary. All materials included. Registration is required, as space is limited. 

Nutritional Health and Happiness
Tashi Chodron

Wednesdays, April 9-30
6:00-8:00 pm

 

Join Tashi Chodron and special guests as they savor the nutritional wisdom of Himalayan Asia. Inspired by the Rubin Museum’s exhibition, Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine, this four-part workshop will explore the medicinal power of herbs and spices through hands-on demonstrations and lively discussions. Guest lecturers will include the preeminent Tibetan physician, Dr. Dawa Ridak, who will offer customized medical insights, Ali Loukzada, chef at the Rubin Museum’s Serai Café, and Sandra Garson, chef and author of Veggiyana: the Dharma of Cooking. The final class will include a sampling of delicious dishes created by chefs Loukzada, Garson, and Chodron, and served in the Serai Café. 

No experience necessary. All materials included. Registration is required, as space is limited.

Course Fee: $200; 50% off for members

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Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellation made at least one week prior to the first class will be refunded for the full amount. Requests made within one week and prior to 48 hours before the first class will be refunded for ½ of the total amount paid. Requests made within 48 hours of the first class will not be refunded.

Tashi Chodron is the Coordinator of Adult and Academic Outreach Programs, Rubin Museum Guide, and Voices of Tibet Founder.

 

 

 

  

It’s Funny Because It's True: Exploring the Buddhist Truth of Suffering through Comedy
Christopher Kelley

Wednesdays, May 7-28
6:00-8:00 pm

 

The first noble truth in Buddhism claims that stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction are fundamental to the human condition. Any good comedian knows this and that making jokes about these feelings usually gets big laughs. Humor helps us confront the awkward fact that suffering, referred to as "dukkha" by Buddhists, is unavoidable in life. In this course, we explore how comedy can help us better understand the nature of suffering and how Buddhist teachings not only help us to identify the causes of suffering but how we can eradicate them from our lives.

No experience necessary. All materials included. Registration is required, as space is limited.

Course Fee: $125; 10% off for members

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Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellation made at least one week prior to the first class will be refunded for the full amount. Requests made within one week and prior to 48 hours before the first class will be refunded for ½ of the total amount paid. Requests made within 48 hours of the first class will not be refunded.

Christopher Kelley is a PhD candidate under Professor Robert Thurman in Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. In his dissertation he explores the theory and application of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Human Rights Project. He has taught classes at Columbia University and is currently teaching at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts.  

 

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