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Radically Happy: Everyone Can Do It!

Radically Happy

Erric Solomon

Can meditation and compassion lead to happiness? 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.

Radically Happy–A Way to Flourish

Not everyone wants to become a Buddhist–but doesn’t everyone want to be able to flourish and enjoy what life has to offer?  Every human being wants happiness, right?  We all want to be able to cope, without totally losing it when things don’t work out. We definitely don’t want to suffer.  Yet, what are we really doing to make ourselves stop suffering?  We seem to be focusing on outer circumstances or new possessions.

But, can you be ok if you don’t get what you expect or want? And that last point is the heart of what we mean when we use the term Radically Happy.  It’s a subtle sense of well-being we can always access, especially when things are not so great.

This talk comes from the Rigpa Center in San Francisco, California in September 2015.  The presentation is the result of a unique collaboration between Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon, a former Silicon Valley technology executive. At Rinpoche’s instigation, they have been working together to develop a new meditation program and book. Drawing on their own personal experience both as happiness practitioners and teachers, Rinpoche and Erric explain how to make a subtle but radical shift in our lives.

Radically Happy: it is for everyone! For more information on transforming your mind, visit our website here.

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.