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Theme: Three Jewels: Dharma

The third and final jewel of Buddhism is sangha or the Buddhist community. Woodblocks are used to create the designs on prayer flags. Himalayan Buddhists use these flags to honor holy sites and auspicious days. Along with being a way for practitioners to receive merit, when seen, prayer flags also serve as a reminder for those in the community to keep the Buddha’s teachings in mind while the wind spreads the blessings of the prayers that are printed on the flags.

Image credit: Woodblock, Himalayan Region; 15th – 19th centuries; pigments on wood; Rubin Museum of Art, C2006.75.43 (HAR 68955)

Mindfulness Meditation Series

Himalayan practitioners have, for centuries, used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase one’s ability to focus. Now, western scientists, business leaders, and the secular world have embraced meditation as a vital tool for brain health. Learn more

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg, the New York Insight Meditation Center, and the Interdependence Project.

About the Speaker

“Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright.”

–Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has been a student of meditation since 1971, and guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. She is weekly columnist forOn being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Timesbest-seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Love Your Enemies, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness.Sharon has been a regular participant in the Rubin’s many on-stage conversations. This is her first formal meditation session at the museum. For more information, please visit