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About the Mindfulness Meditation Podcast

The Rubin Museum of Art presents a weekly meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area, with each session focusing on a specific work of art. This podcast is recorded in front of a live audience, and includes an opening talk, a 20-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. The guided meditation begins at 22:02.

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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

Buddha Shakyamuni; Tibet; 15th century; Copper alloy with pigments; Rubin Museum of Art; C2001.13.3 (HAR 65014)
Buddha Shakyamuni; Tibet; 15th century; Copper alloy with pigments; Rubin Museum of Art; C2001.13.3 (HAR 65014)

Theme: Seeking Refuge This sculpture depicts the historical figure of Buddha Shakyamuni performing the earth-witness pose. Prior to his enlightenment, Siddhartha was challenged by Mara, the personification of doubt, who asked, “Who will witness your enlightenment?” Siddhartha touches the ground, saying the earth will be his witness. It’s at that moment that Siddhartha becomes a Buddha, an awakened one. Buddhist practitioners take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma (his teachings), and the Sangha (Buddhist community). Ultimately practitioners must become a refuge for themselves and others as they participate in the community, embody the teachings, and finally become an enlightened themselves.

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 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.