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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.


We all yearn for connection, yet often feel trapped by our sense of isolation, anger, or envy. In her latest book, bestselling author and meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg explores how to redefine our limited definitions of “love” to connect more deeply with ourselves, others, and life itself.

“Writing with compassion and keen insight, Real Love opens the heart, helping everyone understand love as revolutionary spiritual practice.” “”bell hooks

RELATED ARTWORK

Six Syllable Avalokiteshvara; Tibet; 16th century; copper alloy with mineral pigments, semi-precious stones, cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.38.1 (HAR 65646)
Six Syllable Avalokiteshvara; Tibet; 16th century; copper alloy with mineral pigments, semi-precious stones, cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.38.1 (HAR 65646)


Theme: Love

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 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.

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