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Radically Happy: An evening talk with Erric Solomon and Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche
The Helen Mills Theater
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Event Date: September 7th, 2016  7:00pm to 9:00pm

Everyone wants to be happy and live a meaningful life, yet the way we usually go about it can only bring a very temporary happiness at best and, at worst, leads to extreme dissatisfaction and suffering. By making a slight but radical shift in the way we live our lives, a subtle sense of satisfaction and well-being can be ours even when things really aren't working out. Most of us look for happiness in circumstances and possessions, yet both the world's great contemplative traditions and modern science tell us that circumstances contribute very little to our sense of contentment. The root of happiness is not to be found in our circumstances but in how we relate to them.

It's true that Buddhism speaks mostly about enlightenment. But without a solid foundation of contentment, basic sanity, and a decent self-image, you can't flourish in life either as a spiritual practitioner or as a practitioner of daily life. Not everyone wants to become a Buddhist, but doesn't everyone want to be able to flourish and enjoy what life has to offer? We all want to be able to cope, without totally losing it when things don't work out. And that last point is the heart of what Radical Happiness really is. It's a subtle sense of well-being we can always access, especially when things are not so great.

This talk is a unique collaboration between our two speakers, Phakchok Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist Teacher, and Erric Solomon, a former Silicon Valley executive. From their personal experience both as happiness practitioners and teachers, this seminar will benefit anyone who is struggling to keep a balance in life between work and family, coping with the fast pace of daily life, a career, and at the same time, aspiring to flourish and grow: intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

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About Phakchok Rinpoche

Phakchok Rinpoche is a premier example of a new generation of Tibetan Buddhist Masters. He combines the most profound aspects of traditional wisdom teachings with his pithy, humorous observations of their ongoing relevance to the incredibly fast pace of modern, urban life.

Born in 1981 to a family recognized for their generations of spiritual accomplishment, Rinpoche was recognized as the seventh Phakchok Rinpoche, an incarnation of a great teacher and meditation master. Receiving introductory Buddhist vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche received a thorough education and training in Buddhist philosophy and meditation, studying with some of the most accomplished masters of modern times, his main teachers being his grandfather Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Read More...

About Erric Solomon

Throughout his career as a software expert and technology executive, and now as an author and innovative meditation teacher, Erric has been helping people learn to meditate in a variety of contexts for more than 25 years. He has been an invited speaker leading seminars and retreats in corporate settings  such as the World Bank and in Silicon Valley prisons, temples, and Buddhist centers across the US and Europe.

An accomplished user experience expert, and Vice President of software engineering, Erric Solomon founded the Data Visualization Group in 1998 at Silicon Valley's Synopsys Inc., the world's leader in electronic design automation.  During this time Erric presented papers, talks and tutorials at leading user interface and electronic design automation conferences throughout the world. Read More...
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The Helen Mills Theater (View)
137 W 26th St
NEW YORK, NY 10001
United States


Education > Workshops
Other > Health & Wellness
Other > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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