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Mindfulness Meditation

With Tracy Cochran

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
1:00 PM–1:45 PM

A meditation session led by Tracy Cochran

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.

Related Artwork


Flying Figure, Nepal, 16th century, Wood, 11 x 19 1/4 x 5 3/8 in, Rubin Museum of Art Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin, C2006.66.655 (HAR 700091)
Flying Figure, Nepal, 16th century, Wood, 11 x 19 1/4 x 5 3/8 in, Rubin Museum of Art Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin, C2006.66.655 (HAR 700091)

Theme: Returning to Joy

This delicate wood carving from Nnepal was most likely used as a decorative wall ornament. It depicts an apsara, a female sky spirit often found residing in depictions of heaven. Apsara are said to be able to travel between earth and heaven, displaying their ability to exist liminally between different states. Though found in all Indian religions, apsara inhabitat an ambiguous position in Buddhism, sometimes symbolically representing the reward for a spiritual path while other times posing as temptresses to Buddhist ascetics. Existing within different planes and modes, apsara serve a reminder that no matter where you go, you can always return to joy.

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

About the Speaker

Tracy Cochran is editorial director of Parabola, a quarterly magazine that for forty years has drawn on the world’s cultural and wisdom traditions to explore the questions that all humans share. She has been a student of meditation and spiritual practices for decades and teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful writing at New York Insight Meditation Center and throughout the greater New York area. In addition to Parabola, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, O Magazine, New York Magazine, the Boston Review, and many other publications and anthologies. 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.