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Theme: Harmony

About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Sharon Salzberg.

The guided meditation begins at 11:05.

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 meditation session, and a closing discussion.

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

The Demoness of Tibet; Tibet; Early 20th century; Pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.1.1 (HAR 65719)
The Demoness of Tibet; Tibet; Early 20th century; Pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.1.1 (HAR 65719)

This map illustrates a popular Tibetan mytho-historical narrative. Tibet is represented by a collection of Buddhist monuments that were constructed in strategic locations to pin down and tame a demoness who interfered with the establishment of Buddhism in the seventh century. The demoness is set in a heavenly landscape with her supine figure stretched between cosmic mountain ranges. Lhasa and its central temple, the Jokhang, are positioned at the heart of the demoness, which actively establishes Lhasa as the heart and center of Tibet. This temple-founding narrative promotes political and social order concentrated in the capital of Lhasa and its major Buddhist institutions.

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.