19 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 • 162 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.

    Entering the Mandala

    Entering the Mandala

    Welcome to Season 2 of AWAKEN—a Webby Honoree podcast about the dynamic path to enlightenment and what it means to “wake up.” In this new season hosted by singer and songwriter Raveena Aurora, Buddhist teachers, writers, artists, activists, and others use a Tibetan Buddhist mandala as a guide and share how they wrestle and learn from five challenging emotions—anger, pride, attachment, envy, and ignorance.

    What is a mandala? Like many Tibetan Buddhist artworks, a mandala is a visual catalyst that can lead to awakening. In our first episode, we introduce the mandala, come to understand what it represents, and experience how it may be used as a guide for exploring ourselves, each other and the world.

    Guests featured in this episode include psychologist and neuroscientist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist Mark Epstein, Zen priest and author Ruth Ozeki, author and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist teacher and scholar Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Buddhist teacher and author Sharon Salzberg, and student Nora Wood.

    To read a transcript, learn more about the Mandala Lab, donate, and more: https://rubinmuseum.org/mediacenter/entering-the-mandala-awaken-podcast

    • 27 min
    Pride

    Pride

    Pride can be celebratory—a powerfully affirming emotion. But its dark side can bring a sense of supremacy. It can be so full of self-importance that there isn’t room for other views, other ways of life. It can even be a little lonely to be so rigid. In Buddhism, pride is one of the five afflictive emotions, or kleshas, that can cloud our understanding of the world, along with attachment, envy, anger, and ignorance. When we get curious about pride, ask questions, and move beyond certainty, what is welcomed in? In this episode, curiosity creates possibility.

    Guests featured in this episode include author and activist adrienne maree brown, psychologist and neuroscientist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, author and teacher Ruth Ozeki, Buddhist teacher and scholar Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author and Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg, and student Nora Wood.

    To read a transcript, learn more about the Mandala Lab, donate, and more: https://rubinmuseum.org/mediacenter/pride-awaken-podcast

    • 37 min
    Attachment

    Attachment

    From a psychological perspective, attachment is vital to the mental well-being of a developing human. But from the Buddhist viewpoint, attachment is the mind state that trips us up constantly. It’s the one that pulls us out of the present and into a state of longing for an imagined future or clinging to the past, leaving us with nothing but dissatisfaction. But what if we could release our grip and truly be in the moment?

    AWAKEN Season 2 is hosted by singer and songwriter Raveena Aurora. Guests featured in this episode include author and activist adrienne maree brown, psychologist and neuroscientist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist Mark Epstein, author and teacher Ruth Ozeki, Buddhist teacher and scholar Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and author and Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg.

    To read a transcript, learn more about the Mandala Lab, donate, and more: https://rubinmuseum.org/mediacenter/attachment-awaken-podcast

    • 40 min
    Envy

    Envy

    No one wants to admit they are envious, yet in the age of social media, envy is a bitter taste in everyone's mouth from time to time. But envy dismantled can point you in the right direction and show you your heart’s desire. Can feelings of envy be transformed from an isolating experience to one that actually connects us?

    AWAKEN Season 2 is hosted by singer and songwriter Raveena Aurora. Guests featured in this episode include psychologist and neuroscientist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, artist and activist Madame Gandhi, Buddhist teacher and scholar Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Buddhist teacher and author Sharon Salzberg, and student Nora Wood.

    To read a transcript, learn more about the Mandala Lab, donate, and more: https://rubinmuseum.org/mediacenter/envy-awaken-podcast

    • 34 min
    Anger

    Anger

    We have all experienced anger from a very early age. In Buddhism, anger is one of the five afflictive emotions, or kleshas, that can cloud our understanding of the world, along with pride, envy, attachment, and ignorance. But if we pay attention to the emotion, can it transform to give us a sense of clarity, to help us see what is important?

    AWAKEN Season 2 is hosted by singer and songwriter Raveena Aurora. Guests featured in this episode include psychologist and neuroscientist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist Mark Epstein, Buddhist teacher and scholar Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, renowned chef Eric Ripert, Buddhist teacher and author Sharon Salzberg, and student Nora Wood.

    To read a transcript, learn more about the Mandala Lab, donate, and more: https://rubinmuseum.org/mediacenter/anger-awaken-podcast

    • 31 min
    Ignorance

    Ignorance

    While we often don’t think of ignorance as a feeling, its antidote, awareness, resides at the heart of the mandala. It may be the mind state most difficult to explain, yet it may be the most important, and more complex than meets the eye. If ignorance is used the right way, it can move us from a closed mind to an open one. Is awareness the key to awakening?

    AWAKEN Season 2 is hosted by singer and songwriter Raveena Aurora. Guests featured in this episode include author and activist adrienne maree brown, psychologist and neuroscientist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, author and teacher Ruth Ozeki, Buddhist teacher and scholar Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and Buddhist teacher and author Sharon Salzberg.

    To read a transcript, learn more about the Mandala Lab, donate, and more: https://rubinmuseum.org/mediacenter/ignorance-awaken-podcast

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
162 Ratings

162 Ratings

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.

Damnit1! ,

Thank You

Just home after Thanksgiving in NYC, visiting the Rubin with my son.
We love the beauty and quiet of your space and learned so much from the artwork, installations, and descriptive texts.
And now we have a super-fab podcast hosted by our heroine Laurie Anderson!
Thank you, to all the generous folks at the Rubin Museum of Art!

Bearded Twin ,

A map to deeper wisdom

I love how the Ruben museums awaken podcast so clearly communicates and describes the journey of self discovery through our negative emotions mapped out through the Mandala.

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