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.
In September, I was able to get a few minutes with H.H. Sakya Trizin. I planned to show him this blog and the 10 Step Guide to Meditation. In the seemingly inviolable law of giving demos, a close cousin of Murphey's law, the net was down. So I showed him my business card which has the same kind of graphical design as the website. In yet another example of how great meditators can completely grasp a situation on what seems like the scantest of data, he explained to me what our site is about. WOW. Then he made this short video, giving an overview of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and where we can begin.
This post was sent into us from Becky who has an interesting blog about sharing Meditation and Dharma with Children. Enjoy the post!
Early this month, I was visiting a friend on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There, I discovered the BMW Guggenheim Lab, “ led by international, interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability, the Lab addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse”. And “Over the Lab’s six-year migration, there will be three distinct mobile structures and thematic cycles. Each structure will be designed by a different architect, and each will travel to three cities around the globe. The theme of the Lab’s first two-year cycle is Confronting Comfort—exploring notions of individual and collective comfort and the urgent need for environmental and social responsibility.”
Sounds sorta interesting. But what really caught my attention was that each Saturday morning a group called “I Meditate NY” was hosting a free meditation program. A clever take off on the old “I Love NY” ad campaign. That one was copied by everyone and soon you saw “I ‘Heart ICON’ <insert your favourite place/activity/restaurant/pop star/etc.>” pretty much everywhere. Behind the group is a world-wide organization called The Art of Living founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. I am a sucker for clever marketing, so I vowed to go on the following Saturday.
When Ringu Tulku Rinpoche came to visit Lerab Ling for a few days this summer, I had a chance to show him this website. He really liked it. I asked him if he would share a few thoughts on meditation practice that we could share. He agreed and fortunately, I quickly found someone who could make the video. This is what he said spontaneously, no rehearsal, straight and direct from the wisdom of experience to you. Sorry it took so long to get this one up. But it was worth the wait!
Yesterday, I went back to Zuccotti Park to listen to Robert Thurman give a talk entitled: Cool Revolution and the Age of Wisdom. This is engaged Buddhist activism and Professor Thurman covers a lot of ground in a little more than an hour. Analysis of the problems that led to the frustration that fueled the occupation, the importance of compassion and non-violence as the basis for protest, how meditation fits in, and even possible pitfalls in meditation and how to avoid them, economic theory and a lot of humor.
Watch this video story of Yogic Monk, named “Dada”, who was one of the first arrested in the Brooklyn Bridge arrests. As we have been hearing for days the protesters were led onto the bridge by the police. Basically they were setup to be arrested. This monk, upon realizing what was about to happen, immediately sat down and began to meditate. You can see it all in this video, plus hear from Dada after the event.
I went back to Occupy WallStreet yesterday in order to hook up with the meditators. This time I was successful.
I have been traveling a lot lately (a lot of time spent on the NYC subway too!). I loaded up my Ipad with some books and here are mini-reviews of three of the best. One is about how the universe is based on awareness not sub atomic particles, another about how meditation can help you be a better healthcare professional and the last one is an extraordinary book of practice advice and autobiography by one of my teachers, Adeu Rinpoche.