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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
Nyima Oser, One of the Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava; Tibet; 18th century; gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; F1997.31.22 (HAR 700022)
Nyima Oser, One of the Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava; Tibet; 18th century; gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; F1997.31.22 (HAR 700022)



Theme: Transforming Obstacles

Wisdom comes in many forms. Above is a sculpture of Nyima Oser, one of the eight manifestations of Padamasambhava. His name means “Ray of Sun,” and he can be identified by the sun disk over his left shoulder. In this form, Padmasambhava embodies the archetype of the mahasiddha, the great tantric practitioners of medieval India. These mahasiddhas were known for their “crazy wisdom,” which often led to behavior transgressing standard social norms, demonstrating their innate ability to transform negative energies and obstacles into the very essence of enlightenment.

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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