Bodhicitta for Yogis: Exploring the Unity of Wisdom and Compassion

Erric Solomon | 3. June 2021 to 13. June

During these seminars, we’ll explore what is the potential of human existence and how can we begin to realize it.

As the incomparable master the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje taught: In the moment of great love, empty essence nakedly dawns.

What is this love? It is compassion (karuna) and Loving Kindness (metta). It’s pointing to the possibility that our fully realized potential is an inconceivable well-spring beyond any limit.
And this great love is why devotion is also emphasized in Vajrayana practice. It is sometimes called a universal remedy.  That kind of love can cure our most subtle but stubborn afflictions. It is what clears away everything that keeps us from seeing ourselves and others authentically. This love is the beginning of awakening our Bodhicitta.

First weekend: 3 to 6 June

Uncovering Bodhicitta

The key to uncovering Bodhicitta is a fearless commitment to serving all beings. In order to do that we need the foundation of basic sanity, a healthy sense of self — insight into the untouchable wellspring of basic contentment that underlies all experience. Using texts and teachings from the great masters of the past, participants will gain the tools to discover this as living experience. We’ll explore both the spacious, openness that is the basis of all experience, and developing the great love that is the natural expression of our innate wisdom. 

By using our mind to carefully analyze our circumstances, and using our own emotions and body to gain stability, this combination becomes a gateway to insight.

Second Weekend: 11 to 13 June

Diving into emptiness

During this follow-on to the first weekend seminar, Erric will delve even deeper into this topic— the unity of wisdom and compassion. We can intellectually understand the wisdom of emptiness, and we can experience the arising of compassion. Can we experience their unity? 

This is most suitable for those who have already attended the first weekend seminar or have participated in Erric’s online course, or are already more experienced practitioners.  Oftentimes, we receive sublime teachings, yet later we begin to doubt what we experienced. This seminar will help you gain authentic confidence in your practice.

During the week; June 7 to 10

Opportunities for practice

Retreat Option: You are welcome to stay at Gomde to practice what Erric has taught. In addition, Erric will offer talks every afternoon.

Join online

...if you can´t come in person

You can join this seminar online!

All sessions will be live-streamed via ZOOM but, please note, that they will not be recorded. 

You will not be able to rewatch the sessions if you miss them. 

Please, also note that especially the second seminar should be joined as a home retreat- with the least distraction as possible. 

Note to participants planning to join the second seminar by zoom: In order to get the very most out of the second seminar, and out of respect for the teachings, participants are expected to minimize all worldly activity and enter the seminar as if they were in Gomde.

Choose „online“ as the choice of accommodation. You will receive the ZOOM link close to the beginning of the seminar. 


Thursday 3.
16:00 to 18:00 Introduction and first session with a break.

Friday 4, Saturday 5. 
9:30 to 11:00 first session
11:30 to 12:30 second session
15:00 to 16:30 third session 
17:00 to 18:30 fourth session

Sunday 6.
9:30 to 11:00 first session
11:30 to 12:30 second session

During the week: 
Meditation Monday 19:00 (also online).
Tuesday no online program 
Wednesday 19:00 (our usual time)
Thursday no online program

Friday 11. 
16:00 to 18:00 Introduction and first session with break

 Saturday 12. 
9:30 to 11:00 first session
11:30 to 12:30 second session
15:00 to 16:30 third session 
17:00 to 18:30 fourth session

Sunday 13.
9:30 to 11:00 first session
11:30 to 12:30 second session

Erric Solomon

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.

Covid regulations

You are save with us!

It is our top priority to host you with as much care and safety as possible, while still providing a familiar and comfortable atmosphere for everyone. 

We have set up our regulations in accordance with Austrian legislation. 

You will receive all details in your confirmation email. 

Your contribution

for this seminars to take place

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

If you would like to contribute to this, you can support us with a donation. 

For your orientation we give donation guidelines.

For this seminar series, we can give you the following guidelines; 
 On site:
3- 6.06.2021: 240 Euro
11- 13.06.2021: 180 Euro
Both weekends: 400 Euro
All 10 days: 550 Euro 

For the seminars online:
3- 6.06.2021: 120 Euro
11- 13.06.2021: 108 Euro
Both weekends: 180 Euro
All 10 days: 210 Euro 

For online participation: You are welcome to make your donation via the platform "" or simply transfer it to our bank account:
Bank: Raiffeisenbank Scharnstein
IBAN: AT203412780200111336

Participation on-site: You are also welcome to give us your donation in person when you come back to Gomde. 

 Thank you for your support!

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