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About the Meditation

This week’s meditation session is led by Sharon Salzberg and the theme is New Beginnings.

The guided meditation begins at 10:12.

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 45-minute weekly program designed to fit into your lunch break. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection and includes an opening talk, a 20-minute meditation session, and a closing discussion.

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and the Interdependence Project and Parabola Magazine.



Maitreya, Buddha of the Future
Maitreya, Buddha of the Future; Mongolia; 19th century; gilt copper alloy with pigment; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.25.1a-b (HAR 65639)

Theme: New Beginnings

It is prophesied that Maitreya will usher in a golden age of peace and harmony. Maitreya is said to currently reside in the Tushita Heaven, and he will arrive on earth during an age when the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha have been largely forgotten, heralding a new era for all sentient beings.

Historically, Maitreya held special meaning for many practitioners in Mongolia. His promise of a new age appealed to many who longed for the restoration of the Mongol Empire.

Maitreya can be recognized by the stupa in his hair. This sculpture was modeled on a famous statue made by the exceptional Mongolian artist, Zanabazar, who lived from 1635 until 1723. He was Mongolia’s first incarnate lama and leader of Mongolian Buddhism. The distinctive lotus throne and ornate leaves are unique features of Zanabazar’s style.


About the Speaker

Tracy Cochran

Tracy Cochran has been a student and teacher of meditation and spiritual practice for decades. She is the founder of the Hudson River Sangha, which is now virtual and is open to all. The link for her weekly meditations can be found on her website: Tracy has taught mindfulness meditation and mindful writing at the Rubin Museum of Art and the New York Insight Meditation Center, as well as in schools, corporations, and other venues worldwide. She is also a writer and the editorial director of Parabola, an acclaimed quarterly magazine that seeks to bring timeless spiritual wisdom to the burning questions of the day. Her writings, podcasts, and other details can be found on her website and


This program is presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, and Parabola Magazine and supported by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.