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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Rebecca Li.

The guided meditation begins at 22:25

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. This program is supported in part by the Hemera Foundation.



Theme:Loving Kindness

Maitreya; Kham Province, Eastern Tibet; 19th century; Pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.35.2 (HAR 65201)
Maitreya; Kham Province, Eastern Tibet; 19th century; Pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.35.2 (HAR 65201)

Maitreya is the Buddha of the future, said to be waiting in Tushita Heaven. Once Buddhism is forgotten in the world, he will come down to teach its fundamental laws once again. Maitreya is a bodhisattva as well, meaning that he took a vow to become a buddha in order to save all sentient beings from their suffering. Truly a daunting and inspiring aspiration.

About the Speaker

rebecca li

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 United Kingdom. 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