Erric Solomon

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.

Erric worked in Silicon Valley, California as vice president of software engineering in one of the world’s largest software companies, before he moved to France in 2006 to do the Three Year Retreat in Lerab Ling.  Since the end of 2009 he has been an Executive Director of Rigpa International, where his management experience and his Dharma knowledge are brought to bear.  Erric directs the department of Educational Resources and plays a key role in curriculum development. Under Sogyal Rinpoche’s guidance, he has been directing the devlopment What Meditation Really Is, a new dynamic approach which combines a blog, online access to teachings, courses given in Buddhist centres and an online course in order to offer meditation instruction to as broad an audience as possible. Erric is especially interested in developing Public Programmes and exploring ways of communicating the principals of Buddhism outside of a traditional Buddhist context.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 22:05

Meditation and Health with Dominique Side

Recently I caught up with Dominique Side, who is holding the What Meditation Really Is: Meditation and Health workshop in France next month. I had a camera in tow and Dominique answered some questions about the connection between meditation and health, what meditation really is and what meditation is not.

See the videos after the jump. Workshop space is limited, but you can still register here.

Monday, 18 April 2011 18:03

Meditation Really Is About Compassion

Yesterday, I blogged about Dharma Master Cheng Yen, whose meditation practice has blossomed into a profound, compassionate dedication towards relieving the sufferings of humanity. Hopefully, you voted for her here.

Today, there is a story of compassion from a student in the What Meditation Really Is class that I gave in New York this spring.

Half Baked Buddha

I’ve always had an aversion to insects. So waking up this morning to find a giant gray worm with a billion legs, inside my kitchen sink, was not the ideal way to start my day. I put my coffee mug in the sink as far away from it as possible, and bolted out of the kitchen and off to work. I was sure it would be gone by the time I got back.

Sunday, 17 April 2011 21:15

Meditation Really Is about Compassion

Please vote for Master Cheng Yen!

A friend from Taiwan skyped me on Friday night: Buddhist nun Cheng Yen from Taiwan made it to number four on the Time magazine reader’s poll for most influential person in  the world.

Friday, 15 April 2011 21:12

Meditation Can be Really Funny

David Sipress has been making me laugh for years. I have always enjoyed his cartoons in the New Yorker.

Here is another tale from one of our friends down-under...


We all have friends we think we will keep for life.  Some of them we have known since we started at our first school.  But then, one day, we find the only thing holding us together is our history; we have grown apart and have different priorities, interests, beliefs, social groups.  What to do?

Friday, 08 April 2011 16:08

What Meditation Really Is Not

Here is another cartoon. This one comes from a site that has a whole book of meditation cartoons. I don't know if is any good but you can click here and check it out for yourself.

Thursday, 07 April 2011 11:45

Meditation Really Helps Manage Pain

We tweeted this yesterday. But here it is again in case you missed it. It's about the latest research on Meditation and pain management.

In Pain? Try Meditation via

EDIT: Or as Eszther pointed out on our facebook wall you can look in Science Daily for a more "serious" story.

In pain? Try meditation

Monday, 04 April 2011 22:32

Really Is a Guided Meditation

Yikes! We finally fixed step nine in our “Dare to Meditate” ten step guide to meditation.

There are three mp3 files you can either play in your browser or download and play on your mp3 player of choice. First there is a guided posture audio file. Then there is one on meditating while watching the breath and another on meditating using a physical object. You can use these last two as guided meditations, they help you through the first 5 minutes and then the rest is up to you!

Get them here. And staaaaart meditating.

Sunday, 03 April 2011 15:49

Is Meditation Really Raw vs. Smooth?

The New York Times ran an article on March 18th on Transcendental Meditation and celebrities which you can read here, providing you haven’t exceeded the Times new policy of demanding payment if you go over 20 articles in a month.   Now, aside from the really cool photo and quotes from one of greatest all-time movie directors, sometimes quoted on WMRI, David Lynch, the article celebrated the latest celebrity to evolve into meditation practice, extolled some medical benefits of meditation and how the recession caused the lowering of the cost of a TM seminar and that in turn dramatically increased the number of people who practice TM. Sorry Jeremy, the celeb wasn’t Lindsay Lohan but we might be getting close.

But what caught my attention was the seeming implication that meditation was good for having million dollar thoughts, making successful hedge fund decisions, and generally being intelligent and creative while experiencing lots of bliss.

Saturday, 02 April 2011 01:31

Zippy Meditation

Zippy the Pinhead. If you get it maybe you don't get it. Thanks to my friend Faux.

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