Meditation

Celebrating Interconnectedness

With Phakchok Rinpoche & Erric Solomon

Supercharging your meditation and finding meaning in life

We need to engage in a counterintuitive switcheroo: we usually think that to properly take care of ourselves and our loved ones, we have to put our needs and theirs before all others. But interconnected happiness arises through cultivating loving-kindness and compassion and by learning to value others in the same way we value ourselves. We’ll see how that works and some simple exercises which combined with meditation practice can make a radical transformation in our mind, our hearts, our entire field of experience. 

As you become familiar with meditation, there may be a slight fondness for or expectation of experiencing the peace that is discovered while practicing. This subtle clinging to inner peace might lead you to reject the normal chaos and discomfort that comes along with being out in the world interacting with others. If that happens, you are once again in the land of depending on circumstances—hoping for one thing and fearing another.  

By learning how to supercharge our meditation with love—a willingness to share our happiness and good fortune with others—we can fearlessly engage in any of life’s activities with wisdom. Whether we encounter peace or chaos we can discover the inner dignity necessary thrive in nearly any circumstance. 

"Most of us spend an entire lifetime chasing thoughts and emotions like a dog chasing a stick, never finding complete satisfaction. Radical happiness is about turning toward awareness instead of toward habitually rising thoughts and emotions."

– Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon


Details

Open to All
This seminar will be especially helpful for people with experience in mediation practice
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.

 

De Duif

In the midst of the historic center, De Duif (The Pigeon) is a hidden jewel. If you look closely, you will discover a beautiful neoclassicist sculpture. Behind the modest appearance you’ll find a surprisingly big sacred space, with a very special energy.

The first stone for De Duif was laid in 1857. Interestingly the current church got named after it’s predecessor the 17th century De eerste steen voor de huidige Duifkerk werd in april 1857 gelegd. Interessant genoeg dankt de huidige kerk haar naam aan een voorganger, het 17e-eeuwse hiding church “Het Vrededuifje”, meaning the Peace Pigeon. Very special that we will practice Inner Peace here. 

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).

Join us for a life
of Inner Peace