Took a short play break today and visited The Rubin, a museum on Manhattan’s east side. Dedicated to Buddism and Himalayan Art this museum displays the history of Buddism and provides free docent tours. The docent and tour participants were well versed in Buddist culture and by tour end I realized I needed a Dummies Book to better understand the faith.
One thing I did understand was the concept of intention and prayer. Much of the faith is involved in this with daily practice to create good karma. Displayed were many prayer wheels which enhance belief and intention. There was even a computerized intention area where I wrote my intention along with others and left it to the universe. We shall see.
Prayer Wheels explained and actual Prayer Wheel
Housed in the former Barney’s Department Store the building was a magnificent recreation and tribute to the Buddist objects displayed. The Buddist Temple and Sacred Door of the temple were a reverent exhibit.
Buddist Altar and Sacred Door
While there pick up a free copy of the annual museum magazine, Sprial. It holds many valuable articles regarding quieting the mind and transforming the self. The gift shop and cafe were also interesting spots to purchase items.
Upon leaving the Rubin I traveled to Lincoln Center for the performance of Le Corsaire. This story of a pirate love for a harem girl was a thrilling ballet with costuming, staging and, of course, dance, impeccably executed. It was 3 hours of perfection and while the story line controversial it now has become my favorite ballet. Hats off to the American Ballet Theater!
Costumes from Previous Shows on Display in the lobby.
The Lincoln Center Complex has much to offer. Besides opera, plays, ballet, there is a small theater offering independent and foreign films. Also, Julliard School of Music aligns the side of the complex and student performances are available at the school. Google for specifics.
So much to see, so little time..