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A meditation session led by Tracy Cochran.

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Mindfulness meditation offers both a refuge from the world around us, and an opportunity to engage with it more consciously.

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. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Designed to fit into your lunch break, the program includes 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.

RELATED ARTWORK
Maitreya; Kham Province, Eastern Tibet; 19th century; Pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.35.2 (HAR 65201)
Maitreya; Kham Province, Eastern Tibet; 19th century; Pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.35.2 (HAR 65201)

Theme: Aspiration

Maitreya is the Buddha of the future, said to be waiting in the Tushita heaven realm. Once Buddhism is forgotten in the world, he will come down to teach its fundamental laws once again. Maitreya is a bodhisattva as well, meaning that he took a vow to become a Buddha in order to save all sentient beings from their suffering. Truly a daunting and inspiring aspiration.

About the Speaker

Tracy Cochran is editorial director of Parabola, a quarterly magazine that for forty years has drawn on the world’s cultural and wisdom traditions to explore the questions that all humans share. She has been a student of meditation and spiritual practices for decades and teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful writing at New York Insight Meditation Center and throughout the greater New York area. In addition to Parabola, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, O Magazine, New York Magazine, the Boston Review, and many other publications and anthologies. For more information please visit tracycochran.org.

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