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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 16:24.

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

New York Insight Meditation Center

Related Artwork

Artwork: Kurukulla; Central Tibet; 1800
Artwork: Kurukulla; Central Tibet; 1800″“1899; ground mineral pigment, fine gold line, red background on cotton; Rubin Museum of Art;

Theme: Renewal


Kurukulla, Goddess of Power, appears red in colour and slightly fierce in expression with one face, hair flowing upward, three eyes and four hands. She holds a bow and arrow in the first pair of hands and a hook and lasso in the lower pair. All the hand objects are constructed of red utpala flowers and used as implements for the subjugation and accomplishment of all goals. She is adorned with jewel ornaments, a tiara, jewelry, silk scarves, and a skirt of tiger skin. Standing atop a corpse, sun disc, and lotus blossom she dances amidst the circular flames of the fire of pristine awareness.This type of painting is called tsal tang“”gold outline on a red background””and generally used for bodhisattvas and power and long-life deities.

About the Speaker

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has guided meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. 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 bestseller 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 many onstage conversations at the Rubin.