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Sharon Salzberg

Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
1:00 PM–1:45 PM
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Related Artwork
Tara; Central Tibet; 18th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; F1997.17.7 (HAR 323)
Tara; Central Tibet; 18th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; F1997.17.7 (HAR 323)

About the Program

The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art. This podcast is recorded in front of a live audience, and includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. The guided meditation begins at 18:30.

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This program is supported with thanks to our presenting partners Sharon Salzberg, the Interdependence Project and Parabola Magazine.

Theme: Compassion

True compassion is not a single act, but an ongoing cycle of empathy and generosity that brings us all closer together. Inspired by the benevolent Tara, Sharon Salzberg shares how we can better engage with the equalizing nature of compassion.

This Week’s Work of Art

Tara is the most prominent female deity of Northern Buddhism. She is the principal example of a female Buddha, someone who actually lived and achieved enlightenment. Tara was able to choose what form she would take when she attained enlightenment. She vowed to appear in female form in order to emphasize the importance of the feminine principle, particularly the wisdom to realize the true nature of reality, to other beings seeking enlightenment. Her name means “star,” but Buddhists prefer to use the term “saviouress.” Tara is both: If wandering travelers or merchants can find the North Star, they are saved from being lost. Revered in all schools of Himalayan and Central Asian Buddhism, Tara is second in popularity only to the All-Seeing Lord Avalokiteshvara, the patron deity of Tibet.

About the Speaker

Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has guided meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest books are Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connections and Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and the author of several other books including the New York Times best-seller Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, 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.