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 July, I asked Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche to share a few words with our WhatMeditationReallyIs.com community. The following seven minute video is what he said.
I'll be in New York for the next couple of months. While I am there I will be giving the What Meditation Really Is class on Thursdays, starting October 6th. I'll also be doing a weekend seminar in November called Finding Spiritual Courage: Profound Contemplations for Life Transformation. That will happen on November 5 & 6th. More info after the jump...
Daniel Goleman speaks candidly about how meditation makes a positive difference in his work as a writer.
Sogyal Rinpoche is Basel, Switzerland the 24th & 25th of September giving a seminar called:
What Meditation Really Is: Transforming Everyday Life Through the Wisdom of Awareness
And below is a humorous video about meditation made in honor of the event.
So much of our consumerist society’s ability to sell us things is based on how easy it is to capture our attention. We are almost trained to be easily distracted. Speaking to this point is part one of an interview I did with Dan Goleman from the Wisdom of Awareness retreat in June. Here he describes what meditation really is: Attentional Retraining System.
Here is Sogyal Rinpoche’s entire WhatMeditationReallyIs talk from the AWAKE event on the 54th of May in Amsterdam.
1. Before Getting out Of Bed.
As soon as you wake up don’t immediately jump out of bed. Instead, as the first moments of conscious awareness begin to take over from the world of dreams, imagine how you will begin the day with meditation practice and how you will remember meditative awareness, the state of non-distraction during the day. Make an aspiration that the day will be one of mindful awarenesss, not to be completely lost in distraction.
Well here it finally is. Daniel Goleman's talk from the Wisdom of Awareness Retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche, June 2011, Garrison Institute, New York.
He talks about important meditation research findings, the implications and future possibilities. Interesting stuff, plus Dan is fun to watch. If you are like me and have trouble watching long videos on the computer download the mp3 podcast version of talk and listen the audio on you ipod or any other mp3 compatible device.