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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.


The Five Supreme Ones (Panchaparamesthin) India; 16th or 17th century Opaque watercolor on cloth Rubin Museum of Art C2011.21
The Five Supreme Ones (Panchaparamesthin) India; 16th or 17th century Opaque watercolor on cloth Rubin Museum of Art C2011.21

Theme: Liberation Through Listening

This impressive painting is from the Jain religion, whose traditions emerged around that same time as Buddhism. Much like Buddhism, Jainism has the ultimate goal of achieving liberation, or moksha, from the cycle of death and rebirth. The center of this painting displays a Siddhachakra or “wheel of liberated souls,” which practitioners visualize as part of their spiritual practice. The Five Supreme Ones in the center represent the five classes of venerated beings. They are the “enlightened ones,” “liberated ones,” religious leaders, teachers, and monastics. By visualizing these beings and their liberation, practitioners aim to achieve their own liberation.

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.