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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 Wheel of Life, Yama; Tibet; early 20th century, Pigments on Cloth, C2004.21.1 (HAR 65356)
The Wheel of Life, Yama; Tibet; early 20th century, Pigments on Cloth, C2004.21.1 (HAR 65356)

Theme: Light & Dark

The Wheel of Life depicts Yama, the god of death, holding within his grasp the five realms where all beings exist. The realms (from the top, moving clockwise) are home to gods, humans, hungry ghosts, hell beings, and animals. The three poisons of ignorance, hatred, and desire, symbolized by the boar, snake, and rooster, respectively, cause a continuous rebirth among the realms. While the wheel represents the endless suffering that defines existence, the Buddha stands outside of the the circle pointing towards a moon and wheel, suggesting that ultimately there is a way out of the Wheel of Life.

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.