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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Tracy Cochran.

The guided meditation begins at 15:37.

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 forty-five-minute weekly program designed to fit into your lunch break. Each session will be inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection and will include an opening talk, a twenty-minute meditation session, and a closing discussion.

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

Sherab Chamma,
Sherab Chamma, “Loving Mother Of Wisdom”; Tibet; 19th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.4.7(HAR: 65397)

Theme: Wisdom

Sherab Chamma, the “Loving Mother of Wisdom,” is the principal female deity of the Bon religion. Her primary role is that of a compassionate mother figure who embodies the nature of wisdom. The four principal deities in the Bon religion are known as the Four Transcendent Ones, and Sherab Chamma is the only female and stands as the first among them. In this painting she appears peaceful with a yellow complexion. Her right hand holds a vase containing the essence of potential hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Her left hand holds a mirror representing the purity of her heart as reflected in a perfect understanding of the karma and suffering of all beings.

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