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.
Above is an image of Padmasambhava in his abode, the Pure Land Copper-Colored Mountain. According to his story, before Padmasambhava went to Tibet he achieved the power of immortality. Upon arriving in Tibet, he subdued the indigenous spirits and converted the land to Buddhism. This subjugation of the local deities allowed Buddhism to flourish there. After he was done, he went to the Copper-Colored Mountain, where Tibetans believe he still lives today. This story demonstrates the strong connection they feel to Padmasambhava as a defining figure in their culture and identity and hints that if needed Padmasambhava could return to the Himalayas again.
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.