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About the Mindfulness Meditation Podcast

A meditation session led by Kimberly Brown.

The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art. This podcast is recorded in front of a live audience, and includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. The guided meditation begins at 10:36.

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 Interdependence Project.


Yellow Jambhala China; 1600-1699, Yuan Dynasty Clay Rubin Museum of Art C2006.64.1 (HAR 65728)
Yellow Jambhala China; 1600-1699, Yuan Dynasty Clay Rubin Museum of Art C2006.64.1 (HAR 65728)

Theme: Recognizing Abundance

Yellow Jambhala is a popular worldly deity associated with wealth and abundance. He sits on a conch shell, a symbol of wealth and purity in the Himalayas, while holding a bundle of spiky fruit in his right hand and a jewel spitting mongoose in his left hand. The jewel spitting mongoose is a reference to a central Asian tradition of using mongoose skins as purses for precious stones. His body is yellow which symbolizes his power to bestow wealth on his followers. Practitioners initially worship him for financial help, and eventually recognize abundance in their own lives without the needs of material wealth.

About the Speaker

Kimberly Brown

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.