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Tracy Cochran

Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
1:00 PM–1:45 PM
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Related Artwork
Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen (1182-1251); Tibet; 16th century; gilt copper alloy with pigments; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.37 (HAR 65460)
Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen (1182-1251); Tibet; 16th century; gilt copper alloy with pigments; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.37 (HAR 65460)

Theme: Intentionality


Kunga Gyaltsen (1182″“1251), the first Tibetan to be formally honored with the title of Pandita, is shown here wearing the traditional scholar’s cap of the Sakya School, which he designed. In an act of grief over the death of his teacher, he took the traditional Indian scholar’s cap, then rounded its peaked top and lengthened its earflaps to the shoulder. High lamas of the White Earth school are frequently shown wearing such pandit-style hats, which are red in color. He is also wearing an outer robe but not the heavy, stiff robe worn by the adjacent Shamarpa.

A teacher guides his/her students in the path of knowledge, just as in meditation the teacher guides with the help of an intention. It is both personal and given. How does the intention of the teacher differ from that of the student? How are they similar?


A meditation session led by Tracy Cochran. If you missed this program, check out the podcast, now live in the Rubin 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.

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 17:00.

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

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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