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Theme: Compassion

About the Mindfulness Meditation Podcast

The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art. This podcast is recorded in front of a live audience, and includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. The guided meditation begins at 23:30.

If you would like to attend Mindfulness Meditation sessions in person or learn more, please visit our website at

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

Related Artwork

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara; Nepal; 13th
Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara; Nepal; 13th”“14th century; gilt copper alloy with semiprecious stone inlay; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.8; (HAR 65430)

Created in Nepal in the 13th to 14th century, this sculpture of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is remarkable for its simplicity of line, graceful proportions, and elegant jewelry. Avalokiteshvara appears as a young prince wearing a crown and fine jewelry with a soft but defined body, which suggests the presence of prana or life energy. As the Bodhisattva of Compassion, he is presented as one who accepts all beings and rejects none, with his right hand held in the gesture of giving. His compassion knows no bounds. His peaceful, gentle expression invites viewers to contemplate how they can practice compassion in their daily lives.

About the Speaker

Dr. Rebecca Li, a Dharma heir in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen, started practicing meditation in 1995. She began her teacher’s training with Master Sheng Yen in 1999 to become a Dharma and meditation instructor. Later on, she trained with Simon Child to lead intensive retreats and received full Dharma transmission 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 the founder and guiding teacher of Chan Dharma Community and 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.