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Lions Roar : November 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2008 83 Tuvan area of southern Siberia, whom she joined in concert at the museum and sub- sequently toured with. “Tim makes very long-distance connections,” she says. “He reminds you the world is bigger out there than you think.” “Brainwave” will continue in 2009, and the Jain exhibit and the continuation of the Tibetan painting series are on the ho- rizon. But what does the big picture, the future, look like at RMA? Donald Rubin has just brought in a new chief curator, Martin Brauen, formerly head of the De- partment of Tibet, Himalaya, and Far East at the Ethnographic Museum of the Uni- versity of Zurich, Switzerland. What will this mean for the museum? “Life is a journey,” says Rubin. “Our new curator will take things in a new di- rection. I don’t know what that will be, but I know some change is inevitable. And that’s good.” “Donald does not think in terms of three-, five-, or ten-year plans,” says Karen Kedmey. “The bottom line is he wants the museum to be around forever, to become a lasting institution in the fabric of New York City.” Gelek Rinpoche calls RMA a “treasure house” and says Rubin is doing “wonderful, wonderful things for Bud- dhists and all of humanity. He’s doing so much in so many ways, not only with the images and the paintings, but very impor- tantly, by supporting the work of great scholars like Gene Smith and Jeff Watt. He’s preserving an endangered language and culture and the precious teachings of the great masters.” Gelek Rinpoche believes there may be some transcendent logic to the fact that Donald Rubin is making all of this hap- pen. “I wonder if he doesn’t have a kar- mic connection to Buddha. He says he’s not a Buddhist, but really, he has a deeper understanding of the meaning of the art than many others who run around saying what great Buddhists they are.” Asked about this, Rubin shrugs. “I don’t know. I’m not a Buddhist, but some of my friends think there must have been a psychic connection in a previous life.” Then, with a smile, he adds, “Maybe so. Who knows?” ♦ the tibetan mountain seat good medicine Developed by monastics at Zen Mountain Monastery in conjunction with physicians and physiotherapists, The Tibetan Mountain Seat’s unique design combines a firm, stabilizing foam base with a viscoelastic top layer that molds to the shape of your body, allowing for even distribution of weight and correct spinal alignment. Comes with or without the endless knot design in blue, red, or black. The best sitting cushion you will ever use. The Monastery Store 845-688-7993 www.dharma.net/monstore dharma communications *US Patent Pending NOV 74-83.indd 83 NOV 74-83.indd 83 9/1/08 12:24:04 PM 9/1/08 12:24:04 PM