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Theme: Unity

About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Kaira Jewel Lingo.

The guided meditation begins at 20:28.

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 meditation session, and a closing discussion.

This program is supported with thanks to our presenting partners Sharon Salzberg, the Interdependence Project and Parabola Magazine.

New York Insight Meditation Center

Related Artwork

Buddha Shakyamuni; Tibet; 18th century; pigment on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin C2006.66.128 (HAR 75)
Buddha Shakyamuni; Tibet; 18th century; pigment on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin C2006.66.128 (HAR 75)

This painting is based on a wood carved block print carved at the Dege Parkang in the early half of the 20th century. The original painting and design is attributed to the Drugpa Kagyu teacher and artist Khamtrul Rinpoche of Tashi Jong in Kham Tibet. It is not clear which of the Khamtrul Rinpoche incarnations is being referred to and when the composition was later carved at the Dege Printing House and added to the Shakyamuni Buddha life story set of depictions. Seated on the side of the Vulture Peak Mountain, discoursing on the Lotus Sutra, he holds upraised in the right hand a single lotus blossom signifying the ineffable nature of the wisdom of emptiness. Various buddhas, arhats, and monks are gathered above and at the sides. At the top center is the personification of wisdom, the deity Prajnaparamita, yellow, with four hands. In the foreground, seated centrally, and unrelated to the narrative above is the goddess of long-life, White Tara. (Jeff Watt 9-2000)

About the Speaker

Kaira Jewel Lingo is a Dharma Teacher with a lifelong interest in blending spirituality with social justice. Her work continues the Engaged Buddhist movement developed by Thich Nhat Hanh, and she draws inspiration from her parents’ stories and her dad’s work with Martin Luther King, Jr. After living as an ordained nun for 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastic community, Kaira Jewel now teaches internationally in the Zen lineage and the Vipassana tradition, as well as in secular mindfulness, at the intersection of racial, climate, and social justice with a focus on activists, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, artists, educators, families, and youth. Based in New York, she offers spiritual mentoring to groups and is the author of We Were Made for These Times: Ten Lessons in Moving through Change, Loss and Disruption from Parallax Press.

Her teachings and writings can be found at