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Tracy Cochran

Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
1:00 PM–1:45 PM

A meditation session led by Tracy Cochran. If you missed this program, check out thepodcast, now live in theRubin Media Center.


For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Mindfulness meditation offers both a refuge from the world around us, and an opportunity to engage with it more consciously.

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. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Designed to fit into your lunch break, the program includes 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. This program is supported in part by the Hemera Foundation.

Vajra and Bell Tibet or China; Ming dynasty, ca. 1425
Vajra and Bell Tibet or China; Ming dynasty, ca. 1425″“1450 Copper and gilt copper alloy Long-term loan from the Pritzker Collection Collection #: L2013.41.1.2

Theme: Liberation Through Listening

The vajra and bell—the two most common ritual implements in Tibetan Buddhism—are also important symbols for liberation. The vajra, a type of scepter, represents compassion or skillful means, while the bell represents wisdom of the true nature of reality. Tibetan Buddhists seek to perfect these two aspects, compassion and wisdom, in order to achieve liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth. Ultimately these tools should be used to help all beings achieve liberation.

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.