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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Sharon Salzberg.

The guided meditation begins at 17:09.

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

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

Eastern Tibet; 18th century Pigments on cloth Rubin Museum of Art Gift of Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation F1997.40.10 (HAR 591))
Eastern Tibet; 18th century Pigments on cloth Rubin Museum of Art Gift of Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation F1997.40.10 (HAR 591)

Theme: Awareness

The large red figure of Yama, Lord of Death, holds the wheel of existence against the mouth, ready to swallow it at any moment, representing the immediacy of impermanence. In the center of the wheel are the three poisons symbolized by three animals: a black pig (ignorance), snake (anger), and rooster (desire). The surrounding circle shows individuals moving upward and downward in the circle of existence based on merit and karma. The five sections of the wheel portray the six realms of existence: god, asura (anti-god), human, animal, ghost (preta), and hell. The outermost circle comprises 12 scenes representing the 12 links of dependent arising.

This model of Buddhist cosmology, focusing on the inhabitants, is based on the Abhidharma literature of the Theravada and Sutrayana vehicles. The bottom of this painting features verses written in gold in the old ornate lan tsa script of Nepal. The background landscape and colors indicate an Eastern Tibetan style of painting.

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.