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Theme: Removing Obstacles

Much like in India, Ganesha is incredibly popular in Nepal with hundreds of shrines and temples devoted to him throughout villages and the cities. In the Kathmandu Valley, both Buddhist and Hindus worship Ganesha by offering him fruits, sweets, and flowers, particularly on days celebrating the union of his parents, the divine couple Shiva and Parvati. Holding a rosary, axe, radish, and a bowl of sweets, he stands in warrior pose with a big bulbous belly displaying his ability to remove obstacles from the lives of his followers.

Image credit: Ganesha, Nepal, 19th century, Gilt Brass, Collection of Arnold Lieberman

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