Wisdom

The Key to Basic Happiness

With Phakchok Rinpoche & Erric Solomon

Integrate this ancient wisdom into modern life 

Some days it seems like our mind gets sucked into each and every problem that comes our way, and then our perspective begins to shrink. The same worries go through our head over and over again, tormenting us, and taking us further and further away from the present moment and any chance for lasting contentment. Even experienced meditators sometimes find when try to practice they can be overcome by looping thoughts and emotions.

With a simple exercise we can create space in our mind, our hearts and our lives. We will explore why our inner peace strategies might not always work and what we can do instead. This is based on ancient practices used by yogis for millennia. Yet there are particular challenges that we face in the modern world, unknown during these ancient times. Rinpoche and Erric have developed a way to integrate this ancient wisdom into modern life. 

Meditation is about neither cultivating nor rejecting but rather about learning how to be present in the face of whatever rises in our mind. Yet, in the beginning, we may need to calm our mind in order to not become overwhelmed and distracted by our thoughts. That is why we recommend creating space. Eventually, as we gain experience, we will actually be able to use turbulent thoughts as a support for our meditation, which is pretty radical, isn’t it? Until then, we need to be able to settle our mind. But once our mind settles, we don’t have to remain in a tightly focused state of concentration, nor do we have to cultivate a blissful experience."

– Phakchok Rinpoche & Erric Solomon



Details

Open to All
Good for beginners or anyone who gets overwhelmed by looping thoughts and emotions
Lecture and Guided Practice session

About Phakchok Rinpoche & Erric Solomon

"You know that meditation is good for you, but you ignore that. You know that benefiting others is ultimately how you benefit yourself, but you ignore that. You know that facing your problems is the only way to resolve them, but you ignore that. That is the habit of ignorance."

– Phakchok Rinpoche


Phakchok Rinpoche is a great example of a new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters. He combines the most profound aspects of traditional wisdom teachings with his humorous observations of the irrelevance to the incredibly fast pace modern urban life.

When Phakchock Rinpoche met Silicon Valley entrepreneur and lifelong meditator, Erric Solomon, they saw the greatness of combining their wisdom to help people that are coping with the fast changes in our daily life, managing a career and at the same time aspiring to flourish and grow: intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

Being Radically Happy is the result of learning how to live free from the grip of constant hope and fear. We can ask ourselves, is it possible to achieve real, radical and sustained happiness? According to Sharon Salzberg, Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon answered an enthusiastic yes to that with a practical threefold path to radical happiness. During the conference, Phakchock Rinpoche will be guiding two sessions sharing his wisdom. Together they will be offering a session on their new book Radically Happy: A User's Guide to the Mind.


More about Phakchock Rinpoche

Phakchok Rinpoche is a premier example of a new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters. He combines the most profound aspects of traditional wisdom teachings with his pithy, humorous observations of their ongoing relevance to the incredibly fast pace of modern urban life.

Born in 1981 to a family recognized for their generations of spiritual accomplishment, Rinpoche was recognized as the seventh Phakchok Rinpoche and incarnation of a great teacher and meditation master. Receiving ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche received a thorough education and training in Buddhist philosophy and meditation, studying with some of the most accomplished masters of modern times, his main teachers being his grandfather Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. 

Rinpoche completed his education at the Dzongsar Institute of Advanced Buddhist Studies in Bir, India, where he received the Khenpo title. He is able to playfully combine the scholarly tradition of his studies with the experiential tradition of his main teachers in order to give his students the necessary tools to discover the wisdom and compassion that lies beneath our habitual ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us. 

Now, Rinpoche travels the world, teaching in Buddhist centers, universities, and monasteries from Asia to the United States, from South America to Europe.


More about Erric Solomon

Throughout his career as a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur, and now as an author and innovative meditation teacher, Erric has been interested in understanding the mind and how it functions, both as a user experience designer and as a mind hacker. 

Erric’s interest in human-computer interaction took shape when as a teenager he taught programming to children and school teachers. As a participant in the Logo Group at M.I.T.’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, he interacted with some of the world’s deepest thinkers on how to make intelligent machines. This experience inspired a lifelong passion to understand the mind and how it functions and led Erric to the study of Buddhist theories of mind and the nature of consciousness.

He has been an invited speaker leading seminars and retreats in corporate settings—such as the World Bank and Silicon Valley tech firms—as well as in prisons, temples and Buddhist centers across the US and Europe.

 

Amstelkerk

The wooden Amsterkerk was built in the years 1668-1670 as a temporary church for the people that lived on the newly developed canals. For some reason, the designs for a new stone church were never executed and so this “temporary” church is still there. We think this wooden church is very special, a sacred gem at the most beautiful square of the city.

Why do we practice Inner Peace in a church?

Churches are designed to channel universal wisdom to the people. Their locations are always chosen with a clear mind, their energetic field functioning as the nadis of the city. These urban sanctuaries are charged with spiritual energy. By practicing inner peace in these sacred places, we tap into this energy. Here we can come in oneness with the universe and go beyond religion.

 

"Phakchok Rinpoche marries his deep understanding of ancient wisdom with Erric Solomon’s experience in the technology-driven modern world. The combination helps us understand how meditation, kindness, and wisdom can make a real difference, moment to moment, in daily life."

– Mingyur Rinpoche, author of The Joy of Living and Turning Confusion into Clarity

"A practitioner clearly sees that who we become is in our own hands."

– Phakchok Rinpoche

Phakchok Rinpoche at Harvard Divinity School, "Reflections on Mindfulness

In the context of Tibetan Buddhism, the word mindfulness (drenpa) is explained as “not forgetting what to accept and reject.” Similarly, being aware of whatever we are doing is attentiveness (shezhin); and being careful with what we accept and reject is carefulness (bagyö).

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