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About the Mindfulness Meditation Podcast

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.

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg, the New York Insight Meditation Center, and the Interdependence Project.

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Manuscript Cover of a Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita); Tibet; 11th century; wood; courtesy of Beata and Michael McCormick
Manuscript Cover of a Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita); Tibet; 11th century; wood; courtesy of Beata and Michael McCormick

Theme: Impermanence

This book cover depicts the goddess Prajnaparamita surrounded by ten buddhas. She is the personification of the text The Perfection of Wisdom, an important work for the Mahayana Buddhist tradition that spells out the doctrine of emptiness. Though our experience seems to confirm that reality is stable, the doctrine of emptiness states that all phenomena are empty of inherent meaning, nothing exists by itself, and nothing is permanent. Once a being understands the impermanence of all things, they can relinquish attachments and become enlightened.

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.