Om Is Where the Art Is

Om Is Where the Art Is

Arts November 11, 2011 / By Nick Earhart
Om Is Where the Art Is
SYNOPSIS

Meditation is used in some art museums to both enhance art-viewing and attract more visitors.

“Think of it as a quest,” says Tim McHenry, programs producer at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. He is commenting on an 18th-century Tibetan mandala painting, used in Tantric Buddhism as a map to enlightenment. To reach the graceful deity at the center, you have to pass through arduous obstacles of the mind. Here, McHenry says, you are “a knight whose only armor is concentration.”

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