Press Release

Practicing Self-Renewal

September 13, 2016

HOUSTON – September 13, 2016 – Experience freedom and renewal through meditation at the Rothko Chapel.

Samani Vikas Pragya and Samani Maryda Pragya will be leading guided Jain meditation at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Rothko Chapel, located at 3900 Yupon. Suggested donation is $10.

Jain meditation focuses on becoming aware of the renewal of both the universe and the individual in an effort to identify one’s true nature, or Atman, and to experience harmony and respect for other humans and nature.

Samani Vikas Pragya has a master’s degree in Jainology, and Samani Maryda Pragya has a master’s degree in Sanskrit. Each graduated from Jain Vishya Bharati University, and they are both well versed in Jain scriptures and philosophy. They have led many meditations, workshops, camps and seminars.

“This is a unique opportunity for the Houston community to learn about some of the universal teachings of Jainism,” Rothko public programs and community engagement director Ashley Clemmer said. “Through this practice, attendees will participate in mindful practices to develop awareness of all life, and create harmony within ourselves and the world.”

The event is a continuation of Rothko Chapel’s educational meditation series, “Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions,” guiding  participants through spiritual practices designed  to quiet, center, expand and renew their minds.

The "Twelve Moments" series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, the Jung Center of Houston, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit or call 713-524-9839.


About the Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.

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