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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 16:01.

If you would like to attend Mindfulness Meditation sessions in person or learn more, please visit our website at

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

Shakyamuni Buddha
Shakyamuni Buddha”“Life Story; Tibet; 1700″“1799; ground mineral pigment on cotton; Rubin Museum of Art; C2004.28.5 (HAR65367)

Theme: Facing Chaos

Shakyamuni Buddha”“Life Story;

There are many versions of the legend of Shakyamuni Buddha and the attack of Mara and his daughters.

In one version, upon seeing Siddhartha seated under the bodhi tree in his firm resolve to become a buddha, Mara summons his forces to attack the prince. Mara’s ten-fold army consists of Lust, Aversion, Hunger, Thirst, Craving, Sloth and Torpor, Cowardice, Doubt, Hypocrisy and Stupidity, False Glory, and Conceit. Mara himself wields a thousand arms and rides on his elephant, Girimekhala. His followers are armed with deadly weapons and assume various frightening forms while joining the attack. Mara also has three daughters, Tanha, Arati, and Raga, who try to tempt the Buddha after his enlightenment.

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.