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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Tracy Cochran.

The guided meditation begins at 20:18.

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

Tara in Her Pure Realm, Khadiravana; Tibet; 19th century; Pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.48.1 (HAR 65257)


Female deity Tara is popular in all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This painting depicts the realm of Tara where she is seated in her palace and surrounded by her twenty-one emanations arrayed around her. The famous Praises to Tara address each Tara by her name, emphasizing their individual qualities and requesting blessings. The figures on lotuses directly below the central figure are devotees who aspire to be reborn in her realm. Any practitioner would easily identify with these figures while reciting the praises to the goddesses.

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

Tracy has taught mindfulness meditation and mindful writing at the Rubin and the New York Insight Meditation Center, as well as in schools, corporations, and other venues worldwide. 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