Are you happy? For many of us, this question is difficult to answer, and often leads to feelings of uncertainty, guilt, and frustration. But for our guest, Phakchok Rinpoche, answering “yes” and truly feeling happy is much simpler than you might imagine. Ordained by the Dalai Lama at a young age and believed to be the latest incarnation in a lineage of spiritual beings, Rinpoche is one of the most respected and well known Buddhist leaders in the world today.

To kick off this new season of the podcast, we talk to Rinpoche and Erric Solomon, the co-author of his book Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind. They discuss techniques for incorporating mindfulness practices into everyday life, why you should be like a lion instead of a dog, and how to avoid comparing yourself with others. With a busy travel schedule and a family of his own, Rinpoche understands the struggle for harmony and happiness in everyday life far more than it may seem from the outside. In this conversation, we go deep into the psychology behind happiness, and learn ways to welcome it into our lives instead of pushing it away.