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This week’s meditation session is led by Kimberly Brown and the theme is Balance.

The guided meditation begins at 9:45.

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 45-minute weekly program designed to fit into your lunch break. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection and includes an opening talk, a 20-minute meditation session, and a closing discussion.



Pair of Cymbals; Mongolia; 18th–19th century; metal alloy, silk; Rubin Museum of Art; gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin; SC2012.7.12a-c
Pair of Cymbals; Mongolia; 18th–19th century; metal alloy, silk; Rubin Museum of Art; gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin; SC2012.7.12a-c

There are several types of Tibetan cymbals, distinguished by size and shape, which may be used in different rituals. Cymbals are among the most important instruments in Tibetan Buddhist ritual music, essential for generating the overall musical structure. They may be used by the ritual chant master to guide the performers. Chanting and playing is an impressive skill, as cymbal rhythms often consist of complex formulas and fixed sequences of beats. Cymbals hold deep significance symbolizing balance and unity.



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.


This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine and supported by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

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