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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.

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


Avalokiteshvara Enshrined in a Temple, Nepal; , 1850, Pigments on cloth (HAR 89010)
Avalokiteshvara Enshrined in a Temple, Nepal; , 1850, Pigments on cloth (HAR 89010)

Theme: Gratitude

This painting of the Rato Machendranath temple in Nepal dates from the nineteenth century. Hindus consider Rato Machendranath an emanation of Shiva, and Buddhists consider him an emanation of Avolkiteshvara, a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. This painting is overtly Buddhist since it includes scenes from the life story of the Buddha in the top third of the painting and Machendranath appears with the classic accouterments of Padmapani, a standing form of Avolkiteshvara holding a lotus in his left hand and his right hand extended in a gift-giving gesture.

About the Speaker

Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has guided meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. She is 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: A 28-Day Program, Love Your Enemies, 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.