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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.


Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava; Tibet; 16th century; copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2003.51.1 (HAR 65283)
Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava; Tibet; 16th century; copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2003.51.1 (HAR 65283)

Theme: Fluidity

This sculpture depicts the great Tantric Buddhist master Padmasambhava. His main form sits in the center, with the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra directly above him and a protector deity below. Padmasambhava is flanked by two figures, presumably his consort Yeshe Tsogyal and the monk Shantarakshita, who both helped Padmasambhava establish Buddhism in Tibet. The eight different forms of Padmasambhava represent his ability to adapt to any challenge that came his way.

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.