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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Rebecca Li

The guided meditation begins at 19:00.

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, and a twenty-minute sitting session.

This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg, the Interdependence Project and Parabola Magazine.

Related Artwork

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: Love

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

Rebecca Li, a Dharma heir in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen, is the founder and guiding teacher of Chan Dharma Community. She started practicing with Master Sheng Yen in the 1990s and served as his translator until his passing in 2009. She later trained with and received full Dharma transmission from one of his Dharma heirs, Dr. Simon Child, in 2016. Dr. Li teaches meditation and Dharma classes, gives public lectures, and leads retreats in North America and the UK. She is a sociology professor at The College of New Jersey, where she also serves as faculty director of the Alan Dawley Center for the Study of Social Justice. Her latest book is Allow Joy into Our Hearts: Chan Practice in Uncertain Times. Find her talks and writings at