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Tracy Cochran

Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
1:00 PM–1:45 PM
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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.

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


Temple Banner (Bilampau) Depicting Prince Virakusha''s Legend, Nepal; Dated 1864, Pigments on cloth, Rubin Museum of Art Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, C2002.44.2 (HAR 65814)
Temple Banner (Bilampau) Depicting Prince Virakusha”s Legend, Nepal; Dated 1864, Pigments on cloth, Rubin Museum of Art Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, C2002.44.2 (HAR 65814)

Theme: Beginning Again

Expressive with deep colors, this temple banner dated to 1864 depicts the legend of the King Virakusha and the popular ritual Astakivrata. The ritual is performed by Newars on the eighth day of the bright half of each month. The banner depicts how King Virakusha performed this ritual and was blessed with an heir to his throne. His son and grandson also performed the ritual as a means of thanks for life’s blessings. Continuing this monthly ritual is a return to classic practices and serves as a reminder of the importance of beginning again.

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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