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Mindfulness Meditation

With Sharon Salzberg

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
1:00 PM–1:45 PM
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A meditation session led by Sharon Salzberg.

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Now Western scientists, business leaders, and the secular world have embraced meditation as a vital tool for brain health.

Whether you’re a beginner, a dabbler, or a skilled meditator seeking the company of others, join expert teachers in a forty-five-minute weekly program designed to fit into your lunch break. Each session will be inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection and will include an opening talk, a twenty-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg, the New York Insight Meditation Center, and the Interdependence Project.

Related Artwork

Ganesha, Nepal, 19th century, Gilt Brass, Collection of Arnold Lieberman
Ganesha, Nepal, 19th century, Gilt Brass, Collection of Arnold Lieberman


Theme: Removing Obstacles Much like in India, Ganesha is incredibly popular in Nepal with hundreds of shrines and temples devoted to him throughout villages and the cities. In the Kathmandu Valley, both Buddhist and Hindus worship Ganesha by offering him fruits, sweets, and flowers, particularly on days celebrating the union of his parents, the divine couple Shiva and Parvati. Holding a rosary, axe, radish, and a bowl of sweets, he stands in warrior pose with a big bulbous belly displaying his ability to remove obstacles from the lives of his followers.

About the Speaker

Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has been a student of meditation since 1971, and guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. She is weekly columnist for On being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times best-seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Love Your Enemies, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. Sharon has been a regular participant in the Rubin’s many on-stage conversations. This is her first formal meditation session at the museum. For more information, please visit

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Note: Late comers may not be admitted past 1:10 p.m., so as to not disrupt the session.