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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

Universal White Parasol, Sitatapatra, Tibet; dated 1864, Ground mineral pigments on cloth, Collection of Rubin Museum of Art, F1996.18.1 (HAR 468)
Universal White Parasol, Sitatapatra, Tibet; dated 1864, Ground mineral pigments on cloth, Collection of Rubin Museum of Art, F1996.18.1 (HAR 468)


Theme: Giving

Sita Tapatra, the Universal White Parasol, stands with one thousand legs, arms, and faces. Like a parasol that offers shelter from the sun, Sita Tapatra gives her protection to all beings. She tramples on a horde of animals and people, demonstrating her power to overcome obstacles. The eyes situated all over her body represent her ability to see all the suffering of the world. With her all-powerful spirit, Sita Tapatra can inspire us to dedicate ourselves completely to protecting the needs of the world.

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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