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Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

In-person sessions every Thursday

Practice the art of attention in this weekly meditation session inspired by a work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection and guided by teachers.

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

Open to beginner and skilled meditators alike, the 45-minute program includes an opening talk, a 20-minute meditation session, and a closing discussion.

Meditation programs are always free for Rubin Museum members.

Upcoming Meditation Programs

Register for an upcoming event.

Thursday, July 25, 2024
1:00 PM–1:45 PM
Thursday, August 1, 2024
1:00 PM–1:45 PM

Mindfulness Meditation Podcast

We are pleased to offer a podcast of our weekly practice. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine and supported by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

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About Sharon Salzberg

“Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright.” — Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has been a student of meditation since 1971, and guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times best-seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Love Your Enemies, 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, however this is her first formal meditation session at the museum. sharonsalzberg.com

About New York Insight Meditation Center

New York Insight is an urban center for the practice of mindful awareness, called Insight or Vipassana meditation. NYI programs include talks, weekly sittings, and courses as well as day-long and weekend retreats and workshops for the integration of meditation teachings into daily life. NYI strives to be a center that reflects the vivid diversity of the city in which we live. The NYI center is a place where everyone—regardless of their age, nationality, culture, language, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and spiritual background—is welcome to begin or deepen their meditation practice based on the teachings of the Buddha.

About the Interdependence Project

The Interdependence Project is the only multi-lineage, secular Buddhist center in New York City committed to personal development and collective engagement through contemplative practice.

The ID Project offers weekly classes and an online study program that allows people throughout the world to learn and engage with a dynamic community. The center’s teachers train in many Buddhist lineages and offer guidance in meditation, ethics, and mindfulness. All share a commitment to the realization of the interdependence of all beings, leading to a world of greater harmony, compassion, and wisdom.