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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.

This program is supported in part by the Hemera Foundation with thanks to our presenting partners Sharon Salzberg, the Interdependence Project and Parabola Magazine.


Damchen Garwa Nagpo; China; Qing dynasty (1644
Damchen Garwa Nagpo; China; Qing dynasty (1644″“1911); 18th century; Gilt brass; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.65 (HAR 65488)

Theme: Beginning Again

The wrathful deity Damchen Garwai Nagpo is a native protector deity of Tibet. According to legend, when Buddhism was first introduced to the Himalayas, many of the native deities tried to prevent the foreign religion from coming into their domain. To subdue these deities, the great Indian Buddhist master Padmasambhava was invited by the Tibetan King Trisong Detsen. Padmasambhava then defeated these gods, converted them, and made them swear to protect the Buddha’s teachings. Though Padmasambhava beat Damchen Garwai Nagpo, the wrathful god was able to begin again as a protector of Buddhism.

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.