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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Rebecca Li

The guided meditation begins at 13:26.

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

Vajra and Bell; late 19th century; silver and metal; Rubin Museum of Art; L2013.41.1.1
Vajra and Bell; late 19th century; silver and metal; Rubin Museum of Art; L2013.41.1.1

Theme: Emptiness

How do you visualize emptiness? The vajra and bell””the two most common ritual implements used in Tibetan Buddhism””are important symbols of liberation. The vajra, a type of scepter, represents compassion while the bell represents wisdom about the true, empty nature of reality. When the sound of the bell dissipates, it reminds practitioners of the impermanence of all phenomena.

About the Speaker

Dr. 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. Currently, she teaches meditation and Dharma classes, gives public lectures, and leads retreats in North America and the UK. Her talks and writings can be found at”¯ 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 new book is Allow Joy into Our Hearts: Chan Practice in Uncertain Times.