Monthly Buddhist Teachings with Venerable Robina Courtin

March 14, 2024 6:30pm

Monthly Buddhist Teachings with Venerable Robina Courtin

Venerable Robina Courtin




February 8, March 14 & April 18

6:30-8:00pm ET

Hybrid | $25 per session

Co-Sponsored with Shantideva Center


Thursday, February 8

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.


Thursday, March 14

Where does “fear” fit in the list of mental problems that afflict us daily according to the Buddha’s model of the mind? We have attachment, anger, jealousy, low self-esteem. What about fear?

It doesn’t have its own status because it’s in fact at the root of all our delusions, especially ego-grasping: attachment, anger and the rest are in the very nature of fear.

We can see how fear arises from attachment, our huge need for things to go nicely. Attachment can’t stand problems – so, naturally, fear arises when things go wrong. And not only attachment is the problem: another mistake that kicks in is not realizing that life is uncertain, things change. It’s the nature of life!

Buddha has found that all these delusions – therefore fear itself – are not at the core of our being and can be removed. Our job, then, is to become intimately familiar with our mind so that we can the job of developing this marvellous potential – and, finally, by realizing emptiness – going beyond fear.


Thursday, April 18

According to Lord Buddha, we all have marvelous potential for clarity, contentment and love and the rest of the positive human qualities. In fact, he says, these qualities are our natural state, and that the development of them, for one’s own sake and the sake of others, is the job of a spiritual practitioner.

Our main stumbling blocks are the deeply held assumptions that, first of all, attachment, anger, depression and fear and the rest are innate within us and therefore impossible to eliminate; and, second, that suffering and happiness come from the outside. As long as we believe this, Buddha says, we’ll always remain victims.

During this series of teachings, meditation and discussion, we will investigate Buddha’s model of the mind, learning how to distinguish between the positive and negative emotions and how to eliminate those that break our hearts and to develop those that bring happiness to ourselves and others.

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February 8 In Person, Febraury 8 Zoom, March 14 In Person, March 14 Zoom, April 18 In Person, April 18 Zoom, All three Sessions Online, All three Sessions In Person

Monthly Buddhist Teachings With Venerable Robina Courtin

Thursday, Feb 8, 2024 06:30 PM



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. Visit her website at

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