The Rubin is transforming. Read important updates from our Executive Director.

Mindfulness Meditation

With Tracy Cochran

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
1:00 PM–1:45 PM

A meditation session led by Tracy Cochran. Himalayan practitioners have, for centuries, used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase one’s ability to focus. Now, western scientists, business leaders, and the secular world have embraced meditation as a vital tool for brain health.

Tracy will sign copies of Parabola magazine in the Café after the program.

Whether you’re a brand-new beginner, a dabbler, or a skilled meditator seeking the company of others, join expert teachers in a 45-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 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

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

Related Artwork

Vajrayogini, Tibet; 18th century Brass and gilt copper alloy C2005.16.47 (HAR 65470)
Vajrayogini, Tibet; 18th century Brass and gilt copper alloy C2005.16.47 (HAR 65470)

Theme: Desire

Desire has an interesting place within Buddhism. On the one hand desire is the cause of our suffering leading us to continually grasp to the things we enjoy. On the other hand, desire is necessary in order to take those first steps along the path of enlightenment. This 18th century sculpture of Vajrayogini represents how desire can be used for higher means. She stands in a dynamic pose wearing nothing but a belt with large breasts and tilted hips. The desire felt for her idealized feminine form then can be transmuted into a desire for higher knowledge setting the stage for escape from cyclic existence.

About the Teacher

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

Tickets: $15.00

Member price: Free with registration

Limited seating; tickets required for all participants.

Become a member today!