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Meditation session led by Kate Johnson.

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 Interdependence Project. This program is supported in part by the Hemera Foundation.

RELATED ARTWORK

Purba with Three Faces of Vajrakila Buddha; Tibet; 17th century; Ebony, ivory with pigments; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Carlton and Holly Rochell in honor of Donald Rubin; C2005.3.1 (HAR 65390).
Purba with Three Faces of Vajrakila Buddha; Tibet; 17th century; Ebony, ivory with pigments; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Carlton and Holly Rochell in honor of Donald Rubin; C2005.3.1 (HAR 65390).



Theme: Aspiration

Above is a purba, a ritual dagger associated with subduing demons, adorned with three wrathful faces of the deity Vajrakilaya. The dagger is used in esoteric meditational practices associated with Vajrakilaya, with the dagger symbolizing the aggressive removal of negative qualities. While not all of us aspire to become enlightened in a single lifetime, we can use the symbol of the dagger as a reminder that this practice can help us subdue our personal demons and better relate to other people.

About the Speaker

Kate Johnson works at the intersections of spiritual practice, social action, and creative expression. She teaches mindful yoga in NYC public schools, teaches Buddhist meditation at the Interdependence Project, and facilitates an embodied approach to organizational and leadership development for social change agents and communities. Johnson holds a BFA in dance from the Alvin Ailey School/Fordham University and a MA in performance studies from NYU. She has trained at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, Laughing Lotus Yoga, and the Presencing Institute. She is working on a book about waking up to power and oppression as a spiritual practice, to be published by Parallax Press in fall 2017.

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