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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.

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


Stupa; Tibet; 14th century; metalwork; Rubin Museum of Art; C2003.12.2 (HA 65213)
Stupa; Tibet; 14th century; metalwork; Rubin Museum of Art; C2003.12.2 (HA 65213)

Theme: Aspiration

This reliquary chamber, known as a stupa, possibly held the possessions and remains of a prominent teacher. Dating to the earliest stages of Buddhism, stupas can range in size from a few inches to several stories high. Traditionally Buddhists walk clockwise around stupas in order to receive good merit. While not a contemplative practice like meditation, this type of circumambulation expresses a practitioner’s aspiration to gain enough merit to be reborn in a position where they can fully commit to becoming enlightened.
About the Speaker

Kimberly Brown is the executive director of The Interdependence Project and a graduate of its Meditation Teacher Training Program. She leads mindfulness and compassion classes, workshops, and retreats for groups and individuals in New York City. Kim studies American and Tibetan Buddhism and practices loving kindness meditation. Her teaching methods integrate depth psychology, compassion training, and traditional Buddhist techniques as a means to help everyone reconnect to their inherent clarity and openness.