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Nestled into the side of Lighthouse Hill, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is a uniquely peaceful retreat. The museum presents the art and culture of Tibet and the Himalayas to a world audience in order to educate about and to inspire others in the value of this significant cultural heritage.

Established in 1945, the Museum was founded by the pioneering American woman Jacques Marchais (1887-1948), an important collector and respected expert on Tibetan art. Designed by Marchais, the rustic complex of fieldstone buildings resembles a Tibetan mountain monastery. These historic buildings represent the first Himalayan style architecture be built in the United States, and it was the first Museum world devoted solely to Tibetan art.

The surrounding landscape design, which Marchais named the ‘Samadhi Garden’, features a fish pond, meditation cells, and many of her original plantings. The Museum’s distinctive setting highlights and enhances the experience of viewing the art within.

The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art monthly podcast The JMMTA podcast

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Nestled into the side of Lighthouse Hill, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is a uniquely peaceful retreat. The museum presents the art and culture of Tibet and the Himalayas to a world audience in order to educate about and to inspire others in the value of this significant cultural heritage.

Established in 1945, the Museum was founded by the pioneering American woman Jacques Marchais (1887-1948), an important collector and respected expert on Tibetan art. Designed by Marchais, the rustic complex of fieldstone buildings resembles a Tibetan mountain monastery. These historic buildings represent the first Himalayan style architecture be built in the United States, and it was the first Museum world devoted solely to Tibetan art.

The surrounding landscape design, which Marchais named the ‘Samadhi Garden’, features a fish pond, meditation cells, and many of her original plantings. The Museum’s distinctive setting highlights and enhances the experience of viewing the art within.

    JMMTA Podcast 9 Khenpo Pema Wangdak Pt - 2

    JMMTA Podcast 9 Khenpo Pema Wangdak Pt - 2

    We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to talk with Khenpo Pema about his life and experience of Buddhism as a native to its traditions, where cultivating a spiritual life is a cultural norm and as typical as going to prep school and pursuing a professional career path. As interest and intrigue in all forms of Buddhism and the related core concept of mindfulness have recently undergone renewed popularity in the West, we also asked about whether—and how—a serious student born and raised here might approach studies of concepts, and ethical guidelines for “becoming a better, more self aware, less angry person."

    Lauren Bielski's inquisitive questioning of Khenpo Pema Wangdak help us get a more in-depth picture of Tibetan belief, and Buddhist philosophy. This podcast is part two of this discussion. Be sure to listen to part one of this talk which was posted January 2018. Later in the year there will be a video of this interview so, if you find the insights revealed by Lama Pema to be helpful, be sure to check back for future podcast interviews with Lama Pema or go to TibetanMuseum.org to watch the video of this talk from the library at The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art when it is available.

    • 18 min
    JMMTA Podcast 8 Khenpo Pema Wangdak Pt - 1

    JMMTA Podcast 8 Khenpo Pema Wangdak Pt - 1

    Tasha Delek! And Happy 2018.

    On an unusually warm day in early December, Lauren Bielski sat down to discuss mindfulness and how students in the west might best investigate Buddhist ideas with Khenpo Pema Wangdak. This austere but gentle person was born in Western Tibet, raised in India, and became a monk in the Sakya tradition. Sakya is known for its systematic approach to tantric teachings called the lamdrey—the path and the goal—and for its rigorous application of Buddhist logic.
    Khenpo Pema settled in NYC to teach back in 1982, becoming the first of a younger generation of Tibetan teachers to settle here in the U.S.

    We'd talked with Khenpo Pema about his life and experience of Buddhism as a native to its traditions, where cultivating a spiritual life is a cultural norm and as typical as going to prep school and pursuing a professional career path. As interest and intrigue in all forms of Buddhism and the related core concept of mindfulness have recently undergone renewed popularity in the West, we also asked about whether—and how—a serious student born and raised here might approach studies of concepts, and ethical guidelines for “becoming a better, more self aware, less angry person.”

    This podcast is part one of several more to come from this discussion. Later in the year there will be a video of this interview so, if you find the insights revealed by Lama Pema to be helpful, be sure to check back for future podcast interviews with him or go to TibetanMuseum.org to watch the video of this talk from the library at The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art when it is available.

    • 19 min
    JMMTA Podcast 7 Jackie Hawken Pt - 2

    JMMTA Podcast 7 Jackie Hawken Pt - 2

    Happy holidays all of you fans of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art's monthly podcasts, here is part two of Jackie Hawken's, workshop on the concept of mindfulness, and self-compassion for negative mindstates.

    Jackie Hawken is the author of "Mindfulness for a Broken Heart", and has been visiting the states, giving clarifying talks on mindfulness for some time now with her straightforward, easy to grasp, ways of pumping up our personal mindfulness muscle, especially useful over the stressfulness of the holiday season. In this two part talk, Jackie Hawken, of Mindfulness Bristol in the UK, explains what mindfulness can do to ease life's burdens, and give you a road map for finding peace in some of the least calming situations.

    Part two of Ms. Hawken's discourse entreats us to be more considerate of ourselves. In around 10 minutes we are given a clear understanding of the difference between selfishness, and being kind to oneself, and how keeping these key concepts in mind can make life less stressful and fulfilling.

    • 12 min
    JMMTA Podcast 6 Jackie Hawken Part - I

    JMMTA Podcast 6 Jackie Hawken Part - I

    Calling all mindfulness travelers out there, we have a treat for you over the 2017 holiday season, a two part sit down discussion, and workshop on the concept of mindfulness, and self-compassion for negative mindstates by Jackie Hawken of Mindfulness Bristol in the United Kingdom.

    Jackie Hawken is the author of "Mindfulness for a Broken Heart", and has been visiting the US, giving clarifying talks on mindfulness for some time now with her straightforward, easy to grasp, ways of exercising our personal mindfulness muscle, especially useful over those Thanksgiving dinners with family. Jackie will show you what the tool of mindfulness can do for you to ease life's burdens, and find peace in some of the least calming situations.

    Part one of Ms. Hawken's discourse features some guided meditation so keep this one on hand whenever you need a refresher to chase away negative thought, be more considerate of yourself or just blend with your favorite color.

    • 29 min
    JMMTA Podcast 5 Lama Rangbar Stupa of The Great Awakening

    JMMTA Podcast 5 Lama Rangbar Stupa of The Great Awakening

    Led by Lama Rangbar Nyima Ozer, under the guidance of great Masters from several lineages and vehicles, the integration of transformative individual and group practices along with humanitarian projects, The Bodhivastu Foundation works to generate major strides in awareness sufficient to catalyze a more awakened society filled with peace, prosperity and well-being.

    The Jacques Marchais Tibetan Museum was glad to have Lama Rangbar give an enlightening talk on his knowledge of Stupas, and their relevance in the world today. This month's podcast is an edited version of this event. We hope you come away with a greater understanding of how Stupas, great or small(many examples to be found at The Jacques Marchais)can transform our world, and ourselves if we truly grasp their purpose.

    • 18 min
    JMMTA Podcast 4 Thupten Phuntsok Interview

    JMMTA Podcast 4 Thupten Phuntsok Interview

    In September's Podcast from the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, host Lauren Bielski investigates the questions many of us have, concerning the act or concept of meditation, of the museum's guided meditation teacher The Venerable Thupten Phuntsok.

    Most every Saturday morning Phuntsok-La guides his meditation group through their meditation, and also speaks of the philosophy behind the idea, as well as opening the floor to questions at the end of the session.

    We hope you are inspired by this discussion, and consider sitting some Saturday morning in our unique space with this truly learned teacher.

    • 21 min

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So THIS is what goes on up on the hill.

A wonderfully varied compendium of eastern and western minds coming together at this inspirational museum and learning about the forgotten corners of the world as well as working toward being better human beings.

Some of these podcasts are talks from event guests, and others are from members who have experienced Jacques Marchais Tours. After listening I am sure you will want to see this Museum for yourselves!

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