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.
Things on the blog have been pretty quiet here for the last few days. Here is why...
Khandro Tsering Chödrön, Khyentse Sangyum, beloved by so many, passed away on the 30th of May 2011 at Lerab Ling in France.
The last few days I have had a bad cold. Actually the cold hasn’t been that bad, but somehow I developed a really nasty cough. It is the kind of cough which makes other people run for cover when they hear the thunderous symphony of hacking noises approaching, fearing the plague or even one of these new diseases that comes from flying Asian pigs. Needless to say, the last few days have been kind of lonely.
This is a classic Gahan Wilson cartoon from the New Yorker in the 1980s.
Four monks were meditating in a monastery. All of a sudden the prayer flag on the roof started flapping.
Here is Lynda from down-under back again...
Death comes to us all
I was reminded of that death comes to us all in the last couple of weeks. My good friend, a Tibetan lama, told us of the death of his younger brother in Tibet. I knew his brother and had spent many days with him. Then my father-in-law’s younger sister died, both of them from lung problems. And then, a few days later, my very dear cat died in her sleep. The next day, my sister told me my nephew’s 18 year old best friend had killed himself while on suicide watch in hospital. As soon as I got back to work in the New Year, I heard a man I work with had fallen down a cliff and also died.
Over the years I have heard Sogyal Rinpoche say that as result of meditation practice, we will make better decisions. Well, here is some really interesting new research that shows that meditators not only make a more rational decision than the control group, but that meditators may actually be using a different part of the brain to make decisions!