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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.

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg, the New York Insight Meditation Center, and the Interdependence Project.

RELATED ARTWORK

Flying Naga; Tibet; 14th century; gilt copper alloy; repoussé; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.18 (HAR 65441)
Theme: Being Whole
Swirling out of intricate clouds is a great nagaraja, or “serpent king” wearing a crown, earrings, and a hood of three snakes. In both Nepal and Tibet naga, or “serpents,” are considered extremely powerful beings that can either help or harm people. Looking closely at this work, it’s most likely that it used to be part of a large throne back, a fraction of a whole. What gives away this sculpture’s status as a fragment are the talons that grip the flying naga‘s hip. These talons likely belonged to a now missing depiction of Garuda, king of the birds, who is often shown grabbing naga in throne back decorations.

About the Speaker

Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has guided meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. She is 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: A 28-Day Program, Love Your Enemies, 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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