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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.


Bodhisattva, Tibet; 12th century, Gilt copper alloy, C2003.24.1 (har 65315)
Bodhisattva, Tibet; 12th century, Gilt copper alloy, C2003.24.1 (har 65315)

Theme: Keeping Calm during Election Week

This highlight from the Rubin Museum’s collection, depicts the torso of a beautiful Bodhisattva. The sculpture itself is a masterwork of 12th-century metal casting, incredibly refined and similar to large sculptures found in the Shalu and Sera monasteries in Tibet. It theorized that this sculpture was damaged during China’s Cultural Revolution (1966″“1976). Despite the damage and the chaos that caused it, this sculpture remains in equipoise, serving as inspiration to remain calm during the upcoming election.

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.