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A meditation session led by Kimberly Brown.

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 New York Insight Meditation Center.


Bhairava, Nepal; 13th or 14th century, Copper alloy with inlays of semiprecious stones, C2003.33.1 (HAR 65256)
Bhairava, Nepal; 13th or 14th century, Copper alloy with inlays of semiprecious stones, C2003.33.1 (HAR 65256)

Theme:Beginning Again

Made sometime between the 13th and 14th centuries, fierce Bhairava stands in warrior pose with five heads and ten arms. He wears a garland of heads and has an open third eye, flaming red hair, and bared fangs. Looking closely, he has a hoop in his left ear and a snake in his rights identifying him as a wrathful form Shiva. Though several stories exist about Bhairava, most involve him destroying enemies and restorying order. Everyone will face obstacles in his or her meditation practice. Bhairava symbolizes then the destruction of these obstacles so that we can begin again with our practice.

About the Speaker

Kimberly Brown has degrees in physics and literature and trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. She worked at a marketing consultancy for more than a decade before joining the Interdependence Project. A graduate of the center’s first year-long meditation teacher training program, Brown studies Tibetan and American Buddhism. Her teachers include Lama Norlha Rinpoche and Sharon Salzberg. Her work and teachings emphasize the ways in which contemplation, wisdom, and ethics are shared among all traditions of awakening.