Mindfulness ‘The Life of Buddha’ De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam

Between September 16, 2018, and February 3, 2019, a team of trainers from the Center for Mindfulness (CVM) guided daily meditations during the exhibition The life of Buddha, the way to now in De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. I was delighted to be part of this meditation teachers team. Visitor to the exhibition were invited to take a seat on the meditation cushion to experience ‘the way to now’, and to practice mindfulness like the Buddha. How special it was to practice with visitors every time in the midst of the Church and the busy center of Amsterdam.

About the exhibition: The Life of Buddha
Millennia-old objects and contemporary art come together spectacularly in museum De Nieuwe Kerk. The biographical exhibition, recently opened by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, tells the life story of the Buddha. He was born in the fifth century BC. Born as a wealthy prince but radically chose a different life when he was 29. His life phases symbolize Buddhism and form the common thread of the exhibition: the birth, the turning point, the enlightenment, the first discourse and his death.

An important part of Buddhism is awareness of the here and now. That is why the exhibition makers, including guest curator for modern art and designer Siebe Tettero, chose masterpieces by internationally renowned artists, such as Ai Weiwei and Yoko Ono, to represent the ‘now’.

Task

Guide mindfulness meditations