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This week’s meditation session is led by Michel Pascal and the theme is: Love.

The guided meditation begins at 25:22.

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.



Buddha Ratnasambhava; Central Tibet; 13th century; brass with traces of pigment; Rubin Museum of Art; C2010.19 (HAR 65931)
Buddha Ratnasambhava; Central Tibet; 13th century; brass with traces of pigment; Rubin Museum of Art; C2010.19 (HAR 65931)

Ratnasambhava is one of the Buddhas of the Five Families. Each Buddha is associated with a cardinal direction. You can discover more about them in the Rubin’s Mandala Lab.

Ratnasambhava presides over the southern direction. He is associated with overcoming pride and developing equanimity, and his identifying characteristics include his luminous golden complexion.

This work dating from the 13th century is an example of an early Tibetan sculpture. The word Ratna means “jewel” and Ratnasambhava is affiliated with the jewel family. As we gaze upon him, let us open our hearts to more fully embody love. 




Michel Pascal, a meditation teacher for 25 years, has led successful programs for prisoners, which help prevent suicides and reduce reoffending. He’s written 20 books on spirituality, including Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-being. Known as “The Medicine Voice,” he’s performed at Carnegie Hall and played at the Peace Day Concert in Times Square in September 2023. In December 2023 he presented his methods at the United Nations.

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.