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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
Illuminated Manuscript Depicting a Cosmic Man; Nepal; 17th or 18th century; ink and pigments on paper; collection of Arnold H. Lieberman
Illuminated Manuscript Depicting a Cosmic Man; Nepal; 17th or 18th century; ink and pigments on paper; collection of Arnold H. Lieberman


Theme: Being Whole

This 18th century Nepalese manuscript depicts the cosmic man, or purusha. According to the Vedas, the gods sacrificed purusha in order to create life throughout the universe. Later on, this myth was reinterpreted by the tantric tradition, which related the microcosm of the body to the macrocosm of the cosmos. On his torso are various symbols marking where the chakras or wheels of energy are located in the body.

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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