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What is enlightenment? What does it mean to be awake? Are you awake? 

Explore these questions and more in AWAKEN, the Rubin Museum of Art’s new podcast, hosted by acclaimed musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson. Inspired by the Rubin’s current exhibition, Awaken: a Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, the podcast features personal stories of transformation from a diversity of guests. 

“With the podcast, we wanted to bring a human scale to the sometimes intimidating concept of enlightenment, with voices from a variety of perspectives — both religious and secular — that offer very different, personal examples of what awakening can feel like,” said Dawn Eshelman, head of programs at the Rubin Museum. AWAKEN guests include comedian Aparna Nancherla; gender non-conforming writer, performer, and public speaker Alok Vaid Menon; psychologist, author, and teacher of meditation, emotional healing, and spiritual awakening Tara Brach; master birth doula and world-renowned wellness leader Latham Thomas; musician, songwriter, and best-selling author Amanda Palmer; artist Tsherin Sherpa; best-selling author, activist, and Buddhist Teacher Lama Rod Owens; hospice and palliative medicine physician and author BJ Miller; Medicine Woman of Seminole heritage and traditional Cheyenne training Patricia James; and Tibetan Buddhist master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

Episodes 1–3 are out now. To listen and learn more, visit rubinmuseum.org/awakenpod.