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A meditation session led by Rebecca Li.

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Mindfulness meditation offers both a refuge from the world around us, and an opportunity to engage with it more consciously.

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. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Designed to fit into your lunch break, the program includes an opening talk, a twenty-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

This program is supported in part by the Hemera Foundation with thanks to our presenting partners Sharon Salzberg, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine.

Maitreya; Mongolia; late 18th
Maitreya; Mongolia; late 18th”“early 19th century; gilt copper alloy with pigment; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.12.1 (HAR 65413)

Theme: Discovering

Above is a Mongolian standing sculpture of Maitreya from the late 18th”“early 19th century. Maitreya is the so-called “Buddha of the future” who will come to earth to reteach the dharma once it has been forgotten. His two identifying features are the Stupa in his hair and the water flask in his left hand. The foretold rediscovery of the Buddha’s teachings relates to our own process of discovery within the practice of mindfulness, where we must remind ourselves to return to the object of focus in order to go deeper into the mind and reality.

About the Speaker

Rebecca Li is a Dharma heir in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen and started practicing meditation in 1995. She began her teacher’s training with Master Sheng Yen in 1999 to become a Dharma and meditation instructor. She then trained with Simon Child to lead intensive retreats and received full Dharma transmission in 2016. Rebecca currently teaches meditation and Dharma classes, gives public lectures, and leads retreats in North America and in the UK. Her talks and writings can be found at