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Theme: Reflection

In this week’s podcast recording, meditation leader Tracy Cochran draws inspiration from Vajrayogini, the embodiment of complete Buddhahood in female form. Her infinite wisdom is only attainable through deep reflection and aspiration””an inspiration during times of hardship.

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 15:00.

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

Related Artwork

Vajrayogini Tibet; 18th century; Brass and gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art C2005.16.47 (HAR 65470)
Vajrayogini; Tibet; 18th century; Brass and gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.47 (HAR 65470)

Vajrayogini, a representation of complete Buddhahood in female form, is often described as Wisdom or “Mother” Tantra. She appears in many forms, and her image functions as a meditational aid for Buddhist practitioners with an affinity to her fierce, powerful female form. As such, Vajrayogini fosters reflection into the nature of Buddhahood, women, and power. The composition of this artwork encourages such reflection, as the unusually dark patina of the sculpture contrasts with the bright gilding of the lotus throne, inspiring meditation on Vajrayogini’s form and function.

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