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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.


Red Avalokiteshvara; Tibet or Nepal; 19th century; Pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; F1996.18.2 (HAR 469)
Green Tara; Tibet; 13th century; Brass with inlays of silver; Rubin Museum of Art C2005.16.30 (HAR 65453).

Theme: Mantra

This 13th-century sculpture of Green Tara from Tibet displays all the classic traits of the popular Buddhist deity. Dressed as a princess, she sits in the fluid pose of royal ease, suggesting her generous nature. Pilgrims and travellers recite her mantra “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha” to ask for her protection and to stave away any harm that may cross their path. Practitioners also use her as a focus of meditation in hopes of gaining her compassion and wisdom.

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, 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.