Venerable Robina Courtin weaves a tapestry of modern Buddhist commentary as she illuminates this ancient spiritual path with humor, wit and intensity. This Buddhist program aims to give every listener an opportunity to ponder some of life’s deepest questions such as:
“Why do bad and good things happen? Is it karma? How can I overcome insecurity and start to care deeply for other beings? Can I lessen my depression and fears? Is reincarnation real? What is the mind? Exactly what is enlightenment?
A Buddhist nun since the late 1970s, Robina Courtin has worked since then with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, a worldwide network of Tibetan Buddhist activities of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinopche. She has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala magazine, and executive director of Liberation Prison Project. Her life, as well as her work with prisoners, has been featured in the documentary films “Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom”.
Developing a Heart of Compassion
The Mahayana path targets our basic selfishness, or self-cherishing. Gradually, by understanding our interdependence, we can learn to put others first.
13:57 | Extracted from "Courageous Compassion" teachings on Dec 9, 2020 at Gonpo Ludup Laguna Beach, CA. Full teaching: Audio Video
Concentration Requires Technique
Calm Abiding, or concentration, is essential for understanding emptiness. For concentration, we need several special qualities operating together.
14:31 | Extracted from "The Six Perfections" teachings on Jan 31, 2021 at Thubten Kunga Ling. Full teaching: Audio Video
Getting Rid of Negative Karma
We need to counteract negative states of mind with effective purification practice. Purification starts with the four R’s: Regret, Reliance, Remedy and Resolve.
07:42 | Extracted from "Living With Uncertainty" teachings on Aug 15, 2020 at Langri Tangpa Buddhist Centre Brisbane. Full teaching: Video
Source of Samsara and Nirvana
We might have a belief about how happiness and suffering emanate from “out there.” We don’t recognize our own minds’ role in our own happiness and suffering. That’s being a “Samsara-ist.”
11:57 | Extracted from "Samsara and Nirvana" teachings on Jan 12-17, 2021 at Shantideva Center - Brooklyn, New York. Full teaching: Video
Getting Ready for ‘Thought Transformation’
To practice compassion we need to subdue habitual selfishness. First, we need to understand some Buddhist psychology about the sources of suffering. Then, with wisdom, we become a suitable vessel for various Bodhisattva practices.
18:22 | Extracted from "Cultivating Happiness" teachings on Sep 11, 2020 at Vajrayana Institute Sydney. Full teaching: Video
The Very Heart of Suffering
Misconceptions cause incredible suffering. We can correct these misconceptions through a path of inquiry to get to the root of the problem. This inquiry leads us to the topic of emptiness.
19:17 | Extracted from "Living With Uncertainty" teachings on Aug 15, 2020 at Langri Tangpa Buddhist Centre Brisbane. Full teaching: Video
Amazing as always
Ven Robina has a way of cutting through and making topics relatable. Nowadays when I can’t always hear her teach in person I feel relieved I can listen to these podcasts. Just amazing