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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.


Illustrated Manuscript Depicting the Story of Water, Nepal; 17th century, Pigments on paper, (HAR 100018)
Illustrated Manuscript Depicting the Story of Water, Nepal; 17th century, Pigments on paper, (HAR 100018)

Theme: Gratitude

This illustrated manuscript containing five folios was created by Nepalese artisans in the 17th century. Folding like a map, it depicts a draught and its subsequent end, mirroring the weather patterns of the monsoons. The top folio depicts two brothers fighting, an unnatural and inauspicious event that angered the god of rain causing the drought to occur. The drought finally ended when a yogi practiced austerities and gained the power to make rain. As the rain returns, it restores the natural order of things and leaves those suffering from the drought full of gratitude.

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