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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Sharon Salzberg

The guided meditation begins at 14:23.

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, and a twenty-minute sitting session.

This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg, the Interdependence Project and Parabola Magazine.

Related Artwork


Sherab Chamma,
Sherab Chamma, “Loving Mother Of Wisdom”; Tibet; 19th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.4.7(HAR: 65397)

Sherab Chamma “Loving Mother of Wisdom”

Loving Mother of Wisdom, known in Tibetan as Sherab Chamma, is the principal female deity of the Bon religion. She is a compassionate mother figure who embodies the nature of wisdom. As the nature of wisdom she is the mother of all Bon deities and enlightened ones. The four principal deities in the Bon religion are known as the Four Transcendent Ones, and Sherab Chamma, the only female, stands as the first. She is known by many names and has several forms that are both peaceful and wrathful.

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.