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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Phakchok Rinpoche.

The guided meditation begins at 28:37.

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.

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and the Interdependence Project and Parabola Magazine.


Guhyasamaja Akshobhyavajra; Tibet; 15th century; metalwork; Rubin Museum of Art (HAR 65446)
Guhyasamaja Akshobhyavajra; Tibet; 15th century; metalwork; Rubin Museum of Art C2005.16.23(HAR 65446)

Theme: Unity

Guhyasamaja Akshobhyavajra

Sitting crossed-legged holding his consort in a sexual embrace, Guhyasamaja represents the union of wisdom and compassion. While seemingly erotic, the bliss experienced through sex is meant to be a metaphor for the bliss of enlightenment and has little to do with romantic love. By achieving the state expressed in this sculpture, the practitioner achieves something much greater than mere romantic love, but rather a love for all sentient beings.

About the Speaker

Phakchok Rinpoche is a popular and beloved spiritual teacher with a style that is at once unique, dynamic, and engaging. Born in 1981 in Kathmandu, Nepal, Rinpoche was recognized soon after birth””at the early age of one””as the seventh Phakchok Rinpoche, the reincarnation of a great meditation master. He completed traditional Tibetan Buddhist education at age 23 and has taught Buddhist philosophy, theory, and practice in centers and universities worldwide. He also directs several monasteries and practice centers in Asia, North America, and South America. Rinpoche’s sharp insight into contemporary global culture makes his teachings accessible and relatable to our everyday lives and concerns. He works diligently to preserve Buddhist scholarship through the administration of Samye Translations (cofounded with his father, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche) and oversees humanitarian projects that include running a free health clinic, offering education to monastics, and providing emergency relief for victims of natural disasters.