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.
Theme: Liberation Through Listening
The deities shown here are associated with the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Tibetans believed that hearing is the last sense to leave the body, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead was often read to people who were recently deceased in hopes they would hear it and gain liberation through listening. These texts might also be used by a guru to empower a student so that they could perform meditations to prepare for their encounters in the bardo, the state between death and rebirth. By practicing meditations prior to death, it was believed that the student could take advantage of the bardo state in order to become enlightened.
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