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About the Meditation Podcast

Meditation session led by Kimberly Brown.

The guided meditation begins at 11:12.

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 in part by the Hemera Foundation with thanks to our presenting partners Sharon Salzberg, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine.

Related Artwork

Choying Dorje (1604
Green Tara; Tibet; Tenth Karmapa, Choying Dorje (1604 – 1674); 17th century; brass with pigments; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.3a-b (HAR 65425)

Theme: Loving Kindness

This sculpture is attributed to the hand of Choying Dorje (1604″“1674), the Tenth Karmapa, who was head of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. An eccentric figure within the history of Tibetan art, the Tenth Karmapa possessed a highly individual style, looking to a range of traditions for inspiration, including ancient metalwork from Kashmir and Swat. These influences can be seen in this sculpture of the goddess Tara in the elliptical shape of the lotus petals that make up her seat and the striated pattern on her tight-fitting clothing, which closely models her form.

Other aspects of the Tenth Karmapa’s personal style apparent in this sculpture include the heavy plates of hair piled on the left side of Tara’s head and the plasticity of her ornaments, such as her tremendous earrings and the bulbous bobbles of her necklace. The Karmapa’s love of animals is often subtlety incorporated into his works. Here, a pair of birds can be found nestled in a leafy bower above Tara’s head

About the Speaker

Kimberly Brown

Kimberly Brown is a meditation teacher and author. She leads classes and retreats that emphasize the power of compassion and kindness meditation to reconnect us to ourselves and others. Her teachings provide an approachable pathway to personal and collective well-being through effective and modern techniques based on traditional practices. She studies in both the Tibetan and Insight schools of Buddhism and is a certified mindfulness instructor. Her new book, Navigating Grief And Loss: 25 Buddhist Practices to Keep Your Heart Open to Yourself and Others, was published in November 2022, and an updated edition of Steady, Calm, and Brave was released in January 2023. Both are published by Prometheus Books. You can learn more about Kimberly on her website.