30 episodes

AWAKEN is a Webby Honoree podcast about the dynamic path to enlightenment and what it means to “wake up.” Throughout the series we dive into the personal stories of guests who share how they’ve experienced a shift in their awareness, and as a result, their perspective on life.

Awaken Rubin Museum of Art

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 183 Ratings

AWAKEN is a Webby Honoree podcast about the dynamic path to enlightenment and what it means to “wake up.” Throughout the series we dive into the personal stories of guests who share how they’ve experienced a shift in their awareness, and as a result, their perspective on life.

    Life After: Birth

    Life After: Birth

    Welcome to Season 3 of AWAKEN—a Webby Honoree podcast about the dynamic path to enlightenment and what it means to “wake up.” In this season, hosted by singer and songwriter Falu, artists, writers, scientists, poets, Buddhist teachers, and others delve into the notion of life after and explore how we navigate the key events and qualities of human life—birth, learning, emotion, aspiration, morality, conflict, and death—as well as grapple with the ultimate mystery: the afterlife.

    Everything is in a constant cycle of birth and death: cells are born and die, synapses, emotions, ideas. Whether it’s the birth of a new identity, way of seeing, or spiritual awakening, these transitions occur every day, every moment. How we face those moments—and move through them—can be a source of great awakening.

    View the artwork discussed in this episode, beginning at 14:20.
    Read about this artwork, learn more about the Rubin, donate, and more   


    Guests featured in this episode include Visionary artists and founders of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors Alex and Allyson Grey, artist, director, and author Chella Man, professor, clinical psychologist, and scientist Dr. Lisa Miller, Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher and author Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, neuroscientist and author Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author and poet Michelle Tea, and neuroscientist Dr. Kay Tye. 


    (14:18) - Artwork

    • 26 min
    Life After: Learning

    Life After: Learning

    It’s often in the most challenging moments that we learn the most about ourselves and others. Not only do we have the opportunity to rewire our brains, but we get to see things with newfound clarity. From the Buddhist and neuroscientific perspectives, learning is all about allowing for curiosity and openness. What does the process of learning have to teach us?
    View the artwork discussed in this episode, beginning at 18:50.
    Read about this artwork, learn more about the Rubin, donate, and more.
    AWAKEN Season 3 is hosted by singer and songwriter Falu. Guests featured in this episode include poet Marie Howe, artist and podcaster Nigel Poor, Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher and author Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, neuroscientist and author Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author and poet Michelle Tea, neuroscientist Dr. Kay Tye, and meditation teacher and author Spring Washam.


    (18:51) - Art

    • 27 min
    Life After: Emotion

    Life After: Emotion

    Emotions aren’t just the feelings in the body—they reflect neurons firing in the brain, and from the Buddhist perspective, they offer opportunities for profound insight. When we hold too tightly to our emotions, we risk getting caught up in them. But when we step back and harness the power of simply observing them, there is great potential for transformation. 
    View the artwork discussed in this episode, beginning at 22:07.
    Read about this artwork, learn more about the Rubin, donate, and more. 

    AWAKEN Season 3 is hosted by singer and songwriter Falu. Guests featured in this episode include Visionary artist and cofounder of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors Alex Grey, poet Marie Howe, Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher and author Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, meditation teacher and writer Sebene Selassie, neuroscientist and author Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, neuroscientist Dr. Kay Tye, and meditation teacher and author Spring Washam.


    (21:55) - F1998.17.3

    • 35 min
    Life After: Aspiration

    Life After: Aspiration

    Aspiration involves desire and ambition, whether it’s the pursuit of a new job or to be a better friend. It’s something that gives us a north star to move toward in our daily life. But what happens once we get there? And how can the Buddhist concept of attachment help us make sense of the inevitable ups and downs along the way? 
    View the artwork discussed in this episode, beginning at 22:18.
    Read about this artwork, learn more about the Rubin, donate, and more.

    AWAKEN Season 3 is hosted by singer and songwriter Falu. Guests featured in this episode include writer and professor Kiese Laymon, professor, clinical psychologist, and scientist Dr. Lisa Miller, writer and editor Haley Nahman, Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher and author Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, and meditation teacher and writer Sebene Selassie.

    (22:18) - Avalokiteshvara in His Potala Pure Land
    (25:00) - Marker 01
    (30:51) - credits

    • 33 min
    Life After: Morality

    Life After: Morality

    In Buddhism, morality isn’t just about avoiding harm but helping others. It comes down to taking responsibility for our actions. We can never truly know our morals until they are tested. But faced with that test, it can wake us up to new ways of thinking, being, and relating to one another in the world.
    View the artwork discussed in this episode, beginning at 20:58.
    Read about this artwork, learn more about the Rubin, donate, and more: https://rubinmuseum.org/mediacenter/life-after-morality-awaken-podcast


    AWAKEN Season 3 is hosted by singer and songwriter Falu. Guests featured in this episode include writer and professor Kiese Laymon, writer and editor Haley Nahman, artist and podcaster Nigel Poor, Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher and author Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, neuroscientist Dr. Kay Tye, and meditation teacher and author Spring Washam. 


    (20:58) - Previous Lives of the Buddha
    (23:24) -
    (25:26) - credits

    • 27 min
    Life After: Conflict

    Life After: Conflict

    If faced with bravery and awareness, conflict can bring great insight into what is right or needed. From the Buddhist perspective, it’s not the conflict itself that matters, but how we react to it. Because if we are too guarded, protecting ourselves from the difficult emotions that come with conflict, we might miss out on the opportunity for growth and new possibilities. 
    View the artwork discussed in this episode, beginning at 25:07.
    Read about this artwork, learn more about the Rubin, donate, and more: https://rubinmuseum.org/mediacenter/life-after-conflict-awaken-podcast
     
    AWAKEN Season 3 is hosted by singer and songwriter Falu. Guests featured in this episode include poet Marie Howe, artist, director, and author Chella Man, Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher and author Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, meditation teacher and writer Sebene Selassie, author and poet Michelle Tea, neuroscientist Dr. Kay Tye, and meditation teacher and author Spring Washam.


    (00:00) - Conflict
    (24:08) - The Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso (1617–1682) with Previous Incarnations
    (26:45) - Conflict
    (31:22) - outro

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
183 Ratings

183 Ratings

Park Slope, Brooklyn boy ,

Great podcast

My wife and I really enjoy listening to the different perspectives the various people have and the variety of topics covered in spirituality.

We’ve also been to the Rubin Museum several times (the last time, just a few weeks ago). The exhibits and gift shop are unique and very inspiring.

Please keep contributing!!

Kphyl ,

Baby Voice

The content hooked me & I adore the Rubin, but I’m after more awakening, less wokeness. Plus, baby voice.

yxhuw6 ,

Humanism Journey Elevated & Explained

Art as a verb can unite, and this pod will tug your navel in that direction with both ancient and modern, real-life, philosophical investigations of the art of the Mandela.

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