"We think happiness is what we get when attachment gets what it wants. Buddha says happiness is what we get when we give up attachment."

Ven. Robina

Lama Yeshe

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

DEVOTION CD

DEVOTION: A COLLABORATION

When composer and sound artist Yantra de Vilder first heard Buddhist nun Robina Courtin sing prayers, she said she “recognized a trained voice and knew she had something special to offer the world.”

It was March 2013 at a retreat in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, at Kunsang Yeshe, a Tibetan Buddhist center that is part of the worldwide community that Robina’s been involved with since her ordination in 1978 (the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition).

When Yantra awoke at dawn, she had the “the very clear realization that I wanted to help get these ancient Tibetan prayers and mantras out to the world.”

Brought up in Melbourne, Robina did indeed study singing, with her mother, Agnes Bliss, a classical singer and pianist. “She taught the piano to most of her children – there were seven of us – but for some reason she taught me singing,” Robina remembers.

“We’d have lessons on Saturday, when the rest of the family were at the football cheering for the South Melbourne Swans. I didn’t go because I couldn’t stand all the shouting, so Saturdays were heaven for me." ... Read more.

"Devotion is a rare chance to hear an authentic musical lineage, tenderly interpreted by devoted modern-day artists."

- Kerry Prest, English singer and conductor

"This is a divine union of sacred prayer with layers of pure vocal harmonic richness and tone, transcending logic, culture and creed. In short, if the Heavens DO sing, I feel sure they would sound something like this.”

- Carmella Bainey, singer

"This record captures the strength and beauty of Ven. Robina’s voice. Her devotion to her lamas and to the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings permeates every note."

- Pearly Black, Australian performing artist and voice teacher