Venerable Robina Courtin at Tibet House US


Co-sponsored with Shantideva Center


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Thu Feb 8, 6:30–8pm EST 

According to Buddha’s amazing view about the human mind, we all have so much potential. The Sanskrit word “buddha” or “sangye” in Tibetan expresses this potential. “Sang” implies the total eradication from our mind of all ego, all fears, attachment, anger, jealousy and other states of mind that cause us so much pain. “Gye” implies the development to perfection of all the goodness within us: love, compassion, wisdom, confidence.

Using Lama Yeshe’s beautiful book, MahamudraHow to Develop Our True Nature, we’ll discuss Lama’s instructions — so clear, so simple — on how to get in touch with our natural potential through meditation on the mind itself, the unique characteristic of mahamudra meditation, and finally by realizing the emptiness of the mind: our buddha nature.

Thu Mar 14, 6:30–8pm EDT

Fear, according to Buddha’s model, underlies all other mental afflictions such as attachment, anger, and jealousy. It arises from attachment’s need for things to go smoothly and the failure to recognize life’s inherent uncertainty. Buddha suggests that through understanding the nature of our mind, we can transcend fear and other delusions to unlock our potential.

Thu Apr 18, 6:30–8pm EDT 

Lord Buddha teaches that every individual possesses innate potential for positive qualities like clarity, contentment, and love. Spiritual practice involves cultivating these qualities for personal growth and benefitting others. He highlights misconceptions about negative emotions being intrinsic and external sources determining happiness. Through teachings, meditation, and discussion, we’ll explore Buddha’s model of the mind, discerning between positive and negative emotions, aiming to eliminate detrimental ones and nurture those fostering happiness for all


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About the Teacher

Venerable Robina Courtin has worked full-time for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, since her ordination in the late 1970s. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom. Venerable Robina is known for her straightforward and energetic teaching style, helping people discover the potential of their own minds with clear explanations about Tibetan Buddhism and how to apply it to their lives.

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