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.
Above is a ritual text from the Bardo Thodol, commonly known in the West as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The circles arranged vertically from top to bottom contain the letters for “om” “ah” and “hum,” meant to purify the body, speech, and mind respectively. This text was most likely was used by a master to initiate a student into meditation practices associated with the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which are intended to prepare practitioners for the intermediate stage between life and death. It also serves a valuable reminder that, just like all things, our lives and sense of self are impermanent.
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.