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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. 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 sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and the New York Insight Meditation Center.

RELATED ARTWORK

Mahakala; Nepal; 1639; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.66.39 (HAR 100007) Mahakala; Nepal; 1639; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.66.39 (HAR 100007) Mahakala; Nepal; 1639; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.66.39 (HAR 100007)
Mahakala; Nepal; 1639; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; C2006.66.39 (HAR 100007)

THEME: FEAR

This painting depicts the wrathful deity Mahakala. Maha means great and kala can mean time, night, darkness, or death. To Hindus Mahakala is a wrathful emanation of the god Shiva, while Buddhists worship him as a protector of the Buddha’s teachings. In Kathmandu, Nepal, Mahakala appears outside the gates of Buddhists monasteries, frightening those who are not worthy of entering the holy grounds. Only those faithful to Buddhism understand that this demonic-looking figure should not be feared, recognizing him as a defender of knowledge and truth.

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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