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Mindfulness Meditation

With Sharon Salzberg

Wednesday, October 19, 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

Indra; Nepal; 1463; gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.15 (HAR 65437)
Indra; Nepal; 1463; gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.15 (HAR 65437)

Theme: Tranquility

Above is a sculpture of Indra, king of the gods, from Nepal and dated to the 15th century. He sits wearing a rounded crown with a swirling cloud motif on the brim. Along with his crown, another distinguishing feature is his horizontal third eye, while all other deities have vertical ones. He sits in an elegant pose emphasizing his regal status. Indra is from the Vedas, the oldest Hindu religious text. The Vedas emphasize performing rituals to maintain order resulting in a continuing tranquility. Eventually these external rituals became internalized as the people of South Asia began to look for a deeper meaning beyond everyday existence.


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.

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