Meet Erric Solomon

“Being completely present brings a basic contentment. Caring for others as we would care for ourselves brings a sense of interconnection and meaning into our lives. Making this slight, yet radical, shift in our perspective, frees our mind, brings joy and has the potential to transform the world.”

— Erric Solomon

 

Erric Solomon was born in Boston, USA and has been studying and practising Buddhism under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche since 1984. Under Rinpoche’s guidance Erric also studied under Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche in Nepal, and has received teachings from many of the most accomplished Tibetan teachers of the last 30 years.

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 is a wonderful, natural teacher. He brings a unique combination of Silicon Valley experience and deep Buddhist practice to his talks, seminars and writing. He is compassionate, wise and yet very current with the stresses of the modern working world."

— Penny Herscher Board Director, former Tech CEO

 

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.

Erric has studied at the feet of some of the world’s greatest spiritual masters, had close relationships with some of the best Artificial Intelligence researchers, and later spent several years in retreat maturing what he learned.

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.

“After mastering the craft of software writing at a young age, Erric Solomon spent years as an executive in the high-pressure world of Silicon Valley. At the same time, he became a serious practitioner of Tibetan meditation. He speaks in the no-nonsense voice of a techie but with the clarity of a seasoned practitioner, presenting mind-training methods in a way that resonates with our wired world.” - Daniel Goleman author of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ & Tara Bennett-Goleman author of Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

He and Phakchok Rinpoche wrote a book together: Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind.

This book will be released on October 16th, published by Shambhala Publications and distributed by Penguin/Random House it will be available everywhere. But the book debuts at the Inner Peace conference, copies will be available and Rinpoche and Erric will give talks based on their book! 

 

“Erric Solomon is an excellent dharma teacher who brings together decades of practice, in-depth study of a wide range of Buddhist teachings, business experience (and therefore sensitivity to the concerns of busy people), and an abundant sense of humor.”

~ Barry Boyce, Editor-in-Chief of Mindful magazine and mindful.org, author of The Mindfulness Revolution

"Radically Happy brings the new and the old together in a beautiful way. 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."

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

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