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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 17:30.

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Related Artwork
A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful; Candy Chang and James A. Reeves; Interactive sculpture; Dimensions variable
A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful; Candy Chang and James A. Reeves; Interactive sculpture; Dimensions variable
Theme: hopes & anxieties

There’s a buddhist saying that “life is like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud.” In this episode of our Mindfulness Meditation podcast, Sharon Salzberg discusses how clinging to permanence develops anxiety and suffering.

This Week’s Work of Art

Above is a card selected from A Monument to the Anxious and Hopeful, currently on display in the Rubin Museum’s spiral lobby. Created by artist Candy Chang and writer James A. Reeves, the wall asks visitors to write down the reasons why they are hopeful and why they are anxious. Once they have written down their hopes and anxieties on seperate cards, they place them on either the hopeful side (blue) or the anxious side (red). This participation makes the Monument a constantly shifting, growing, and changing installation as it reflects our visitors greatest hopes and biggest anxieties.

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.