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Tracy Cochran

Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
1:00 PM–1:45 PM
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A meditation session led by Tracy Cochran. If you missed this program, check out the podcast of the session.

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.

The Buddha of Immeasurable Life, Amitayus; Tibet; 17th century;pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.18.1 (HAR 65106)

Theme: Mantra

Foregoing his usual red color for gold, Amitayus sits flanked by two Bodhisattvas with the motif of a meditating Buddha repeated in the background. In his hands rests a vase containing amrita or the nectar of immortality. Amitayus’ name means “boundless life” and is venerated particularly for long life practices within the Tantric Buddhist tradition. The vase itself is a symbol for emptiness, one of the fundamental teachings of the Buddha. Though a vase contains empty space within it, it still has a form just like the experience of existence. From understanding the emptiness contained in the vase emerges a better understanding of the whole. 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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Note: Late comers may not be admitted past 1:10 p.m., so as to not disrupt the session.