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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.


The Red All-Seeing Lord; Rakta Avalokiteshvara; Tibet; late 18th century; Pigment on cloth; C2005.29.1 (HAR 65564)
The Red All-Seeing Lord; Rakta Avalokiteshvara; Tibet; late 18th century; Pigment on cloth; C2005.29.1 (HAR 65564)

Theme: Beginning Again

This form of Avalokiteshvara is red in color and standing with his right hand extended in a gesture of supreme generosity. Out of his body emanates the worldly gods of the Vedas suggesting that Avalokiteshvara is creator of the universe. The presence of this creation is continually felt as time moves on and serves to remind us of returning to a place within our practice where we can begin again.

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.