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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 17:00.

If you would like to attend Mindfulness Meditation sessions in person or learn more, please visit our website at RubinMuseum.org/meditation.

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

Theme: Generosity
Related Artwork
Tall offering table (Carved Tall Lama's Table); Tibet; 19th century; wood, pigments; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Sandy Song Yan; C2012.5
Tall offering table (Carved Tall Lama’s Table); Tibet; 19th century; wood, pigments; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Sandy Song Yan; C2012.5
This Week’s Work of Art

Above is a ritual offering table from our Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room. This intricately carved antique contains several traditional Tibetan Buddhist motifs. Three jewels rest in the center, a symbol for the Buddha, his teachings, and the Buddhist community. Generosity is a core ritual practice in Tibetan Buddhism, with practitioners placing sensually pleasing offerings on the tables like this one. Their generosity creates a karmic connection with the deities on display, meaning that any generosity shown will be returned by the gods.

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.

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