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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Rebecca Li.

The guided meditation begins at 21:25

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 sitting session, and a closing discussion.

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

Related Artwork

The All-Seeing Lord, Avalokiteshvara; Tibet; 12th century; copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.24.1 (HAR 65117)
The All-Seeing Lord, Avalokiteshvara; Tibet; 12th century; copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.24.1 (HAR 65117)

Theme: Generosity


Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva who personifies the compassion of all the buddhas, is the most venerated deity in Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Seated in the posture of royal ease, with one leg pendant and one folded, he holds the stem of a lotus bud. The inlaid eyes and tuft of hair between them (urna), subtle smile, exquisite details of the knotted belt, incised lower garment (dhoti), and modeling of the body testify to the mastery of the sculptor, who closely followed Indian conventions. Older sculptures such as this were treasured by Tibetans and were often kept as heirlooms.

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.