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Theme: Mandala

About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Sharon Salzberg.

The guided meditation begins at 14:03.

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

Mandala of Guhyasamaja-Akshobhyavajra; Tibet; 14th century; Pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art, Gift of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; F1997.43.1 (HAR 575)

Derived from the Sakya lineage, this mandala is focused on the meditational deity Guhyasamaja, who is a form of the Buddha Akshobhyavajra, the Unshakable Vajra. He and the deities who surround him are the so-called directional buddhas, with Vairochana in the east, Ratnasambhava in the south, Amitabha in the west, and Amoghasiddhi in the north. They represent the enlightened qualities and wisdoms of the five constituents of the human body and mind, which practitioners develop through the practices of visualization, meditation, and ritual.

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.