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Sharon Salzberg

Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
1:00 PM–1:45 PM
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A meditation session led by Sharon Salzberg. If you missed this program, check out the podcast, now live in the Rubin Media Center.


Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon (Durga Mahisasuramardini); Nepal; 12th or 13th century; gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.11 (HAR 65433)
Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon (Durga Mahisasuramardini); Nepal; 12th or 13th century; gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.11 (HAR 65433)

Theme: Story

One of the finest examples of Nepalese craftsmanship known in the world, this sculpture of Durga killing the Buffalo Demon is a jewel of the Rubin’s collection. According to the story, a terrible demon named Mahisa set out to terrorize the world and could not be defeated by the gods. Out of the gods’ Shakti, or energy, formed Durga, the feminine embodiment of all the gods’ power. Durga holds the weapons of all the gods, which they gave her to help defeat Mahisa. This sculpture depicts the final dramatic scene of the story, when Durga cuts off the head of a buffalo, Mahisa’s current form, pulling the demon out of the buffalo’s body. Durga represent the ultimate expression of feminine energy that animates all things in the universe.


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.

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


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.

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