A highlight of the Rubin Museum’s collection, this torso of a beautiful Bodhisattva has endured much during its lifetime. The sculpture itself is a masterwork of 12th century metal casting, incredibly refined and similar to large sculptures found in Shalu and Sera monastery in Tibet. It theorized that this sculpture was damaged during China’s Cultural Revolution (1966–1976). Despite the damage, this Bodhisattva maintains its sense of grace displaying the resilience of his idealized beauty. It ultimately serves as a reminder that in the face of devastation, we too can be resilient.
Image credit: Bodhisattva, Tibet; 12th century, Gilt metalwork, Rubin Museum of Art, C2003.24.1 (HAR 65315)
Mindfulness Meditation Series
Himalayan practitioners have, for centuries, used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase one’s ability to focus. Now, western scientists, business leaders, and the secular world have embraced meditation as a vital tool for brain health. Learn more
Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg, the New York Insight Meditation Center, and the Interdependence Project.
About the Speaker
“Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright.”
— Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has been a student of meditation since 1971, and guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. She is weekly columnist forOn being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Timesbest-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. This is her first formal meditation session at the museum. For more information, please visit SharonSalzberg.com