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Bliss is your super power

Erric Solomon | 24. February 2021 to 28. December

Every aspect of our existence is permeated by bliss.
However, out of habit, we misunderstand the very essence of who we really are. We are distracted by mind’s projections instead of resting in mind’s nature. True Bliss isn’t an experience, experiences come and go. But authentic bliss is always available. This bliss (called Mahasukha in Sanskrit or Dewa Chenpo in Tibetan) transcends circumstances and conditions; it is the indestructible nature of our being.

First, we need to come to see how to transform our ordinary way of relating to ourselves and our world; we can begin to See Bliss as the nature of experience. Then, rather than chasing after bliss, we can learn to Be Bliss. In other words, we can uncover the superpower we already possess: blissful awareness.

Meeting weekly, we’ll playfully explore our mind, our heart and our world. We’ll be using different texts from the Buddhist Mayahana tradition, but also sometimes looking at modern examples from physics, AI and biology. The emphasis will always be on developing experiential understanding, rather than intellectual rigor. The result will be that we can understand ourselves better, have a healthy mind and a happy heart, and maybe even make a meaningful spiritual transformation.

Erric will use wit, kindness, and his keen intellect to help us discover for ourselves the core points of practice that are so commonplace and accessible. Erric does not hold back on the difficult questions about emptiness or guru devotion, and his answers are so obvious that these concepts become a personal experience with ease.

 

About the teacher

Throughout his career as a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur, and now as an author and innovative Buddhist meditation teacher, Erric has been interested in understanding the mind and how it functions, both as a user experience designer and as a mind hacker.

As a teenage participant in the Logo Group at M.I.T.’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, he interacted with some of the world’s deepest thinkers on how to make intelligent machines. This experience inspired a lifelong passion to understand the mind and how it functions and led Erric to the study of Buddhist theories of mind and the nature of consciousness.

Erric has studied at the feet of some of the world’s greatest spiritual masters (including Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche) had close relationships with some of the best Artificial Intelligence researchers, and later spent several years in retreat maturing what he learned.

Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon wrote the book Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind.

Structure

From February 24, 2021 we will meet 

every Wednesday 
at 7 p.m. 

on Zoom.

Teaching language: English with translation to German.

You can join in at any given moment!
Register now, and we will send you the Zoom Link right away. 

Recordings of the meetings will be made available to registered participants. 

There will be a Whatsapp/Signal group for sharing during the week.

The sessions will be a well-balanced mix of philosophical teaching, meditation, reflection, time for questions and exchange.

As an experienced Dharma teacher who also knows all too well the context of Western modern life, Erric is particularly well suited to lead the group. He is attentive and compassionate to all participants, with a sincere interest in their experiences and thoughts.  

This course is for you, if you...

... seek a modern approach to ancient Buddhist wisdom.
... want to understand the core points of Buddhist philosophy through your own experience. 
... are looking for a simple practice that you can integrate into your daily life. 
... want step-by-step instructions for your inner change.
... are looking for a regular and binding practice group. 
... are looking for natural access to inner clarity and compassion.

Additional offers...

Kind heart, open mind
Seminar series and weekly group on the practice of Lojong by Lama Thierry. 

Jewelornament of Liberation

17 lectures program which encourages individual contemplation, taught
 by Lama Bruce Newman

These programs all will introduce key elements of the Mahayana and Vajrayana, not only on an intellectual level but interspersed with direct application. Covering similar topics, but from a different angle, these programms will greatly complement each other.

Your contribution

Gomde wants to make the precious Dharma available to all who want to practice and learn it.

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Bank: Raiffeisenbank Scharnstein
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