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About the Mindfulness Meditation Podcast

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 17:44.

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

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

New York Insight Meditation Center


Temple Banner (Bilampau) Depicting Prince Virakusha''s Legend, Nepal; Dated 1864, Pigments on cloth, Rubin Museum of Art Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, C2002.44.2 (HAR 65814)
Temple Banner (Bilampau) Depicting Prince Virakusha’s Legend, Nepal; Dated 1864, Pigments on cloth, Rubin Museum of Art Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, C2002.44.2 (HAR 65814)

Theme: Beginning Again

Temple Banner (Bilampau) Depicting Prince Virakusha’s Legend

Expressive with deep colors, this temple banner dated to 1864 depicts the legend of the King Virakusha and the popular ritual Astakivrata. The ritual is performed by Newars on the eighth day of the bright half of each month. The banner depicts how King Virakusha performed this ritual and was blessed with an heir to his throne. His son and grandson also performed the ritual as a means of thanks for life’s blessings. Continuing this monthly ritual is a return to classic practices and serves as a reminder of the importance of beginning again.

About the Speaker

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:

In addition to the Rubin Museum of Art, Tracy Cochran has taught mindfulness meditation and mindful writing at the New York Insight Meditation Center, as well as in schools, corporations, and other venues nationally and internationally. 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 on