Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche + Marsha Lucas Mindfulness, Meditation, and Memory
Mnemonic Art Tour in the galleries
Karma Chain on the spiral staircase
Program in the theater
Book signing and celebration
This program is now sold out.
Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche was trained as a lama from the age of four. While trained in all four major Tibetan Buddhist lineages, he received the complete Nyingma cycle of teachings and empowerments from his guru, Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche. In the United States, Rinpoche has founded the Dzogchen Ati Ling meditation and teaching centers in Jamestown and Syracuse, New York, the Dharmachakra Fund and the Tibetan Refugee Children’s Fund. “Buddhafield, the Center for Enlightenment” in Millerton, New York, is destined to become a center for his teachings.
In Shyalpa Rinpoche’s book Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath he offers a prescription for addressing the challenges and stresses of everyday life; tools we need to experience genuine inner freedom, uncorrupted by endless craving for something better.
Neuropsychologist Marsha Lucas, Ph.D. has been practicing psychotherapy and studying the brain-behavior relationship for nearly twenty years. Prior to entering private practice, she was a neuropsychologist on the faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine. She has a special interest in the practice of mindfulness, especially in how it stimulates the brain to grow new, more integrated circuits ~ which may be at the heart of well-being, including emotional balance and resilience, enhanced relationships and friendships, and greater empathy and connectedness. Dr. Lucas currently practices in Washington, DC. She is the author of Rewire Your Brain for Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness.
Mnemonic Art Tour
Take advantage of a short tour of some paintings in the collection that function as mnemonic devices. The iconography in these paintings serve to reference specific passages in the sutras. That is why most of these works were not meant to be revealed to those who were not already initiates. The tour will include two types of paintings: narratives such as the life of the Buddha, and mandalas which are complex two-dimensional diagrams of one’s multi-dimensional state of mind.
As a prelude to the staged program, we are planning to stage a simple game of ‘telephone’ prior to the session to demonstrate the fallibility of oral transmission and the nature of short-term memory. Each ticket holder will stand on one of the steps of the 108-stepped spiral staircase of the Museum. The guest speaker stands at the base, whispers a short phrase they have prepared to the visitor on the first step, and the phrase would spiral up through the line until it reaches the ear of the scientist. The conversationalists will only reveal the original phrase and the result phrase when on stage in the theater, thus starting the conversation about memory.