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A meditation session led by Sharon Salzberg.

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. 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.

RELATED ARTWORK

Bhairava; Nepal; 13th or 14th century; Copper alloy with inlays of semiprecious stones; Rubin Museum of Art; C2003.33.1 (HAR 65256)
Bhairava; Nepal; 13th or 14th century; Copper alloy with inlays of semiprecious stones; Rubin Museum of Art; C2003.33.1 (HAR 65256)



Theme: Beginning Again Bhairava, a wrathful emanation of the deity Shiva, stands in a dynamic warrior pose with ten arms and five heads. Many cultures in India have a cyclical sense of time and throughout each cycle, there will be a stage of creation, stage of sustentation, and a stage of destruction. Bhairava is often associated with the stage of destruction, a necessary step for creation to begin again.

About the Speaker

Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has guided meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest books are Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connections and Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and the author of several other books including the New York Times best-seller Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. Sharon has been a regular participant in the Rubin’s many on-stage conversations.

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