What better place to learn meditation from Tibetan monks than the Museum of Natural history in NYC—because it’s filled with noise and distraction and provides an excellent challenge. (Thanks to Sonam for sending this story from the NY Post:)
“Twelve Tibetan monks will lead meditation sessions at the Museum of Natural History this week under the Hall of Ocean life’s giant blue whale and under the stars in the planetarium.
The enlightening exhibit – part of the museum’s ongoing show “Brain: the inside story“ – is intended to teach about Tibetan culture and highlight new research which shows the mental and physiological benefits of meditation.
But as places to find the peace and quiet necessary for meditation goes, the museum – let alone the city of New York – is far from ideal, said Khen Rinpoche, the monk leading the classes.
“It is difficult to find quiet in the museum,“ Rinpoche, the abbot of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in India said. “You need deeper mindfulness to meditate here.“
In that sense, although the meditation classes are open to absolute beginners, the museum poses great challenges, he said.
“You have to go deeper to get away from the distractions here – so this is a good place,“ he said.