"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

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NEW: On Death and Dying: How to Help Our Loved Ones Enjoy Death and Go Happily to Their Next Rebirth AUDIO

September 23–30, 2017
Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal



Lawudo Trek 2017 - Stillness Beyond Samsara AUDIO

April 4–19, 2017
Trek from Kopan Monastery to Lawudo Gompa, Nepal



Becoming Your Own Therapist VIDEO

September 25, 2015
Medicine Buddha Orange County, Laguna Beach, CA



Understanding Buddhism AUDIO

September 5–6, 2015
Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, QLD, Australia



Borobudur Retreat 2015 AUDIO

June 16–20, 2015
Borobudur Buddhist temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia



Nepal and India Pilgrimage 2014 AUDIO

October 27–November 17, 2014
Pilgrimage to the sacred Buddhist sites of Nepal and India, following the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche regarding the practices to be done on pilgrimage.



Loosening the Grip of Ego AUDIO

June 27–29, 2014
Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, QLD, Australia



Respect Yourself TEXT

November 20, 2013
Soul & Spirit Magazine
"If you don’t RESPECT YOURSELF, how can you expect others to?" I remember my mother would say this phrase to me, but I could never hear it. I would desperately want others to approve of, love and respect me, but I couldn’t join the dots between that and my own low self-esteem.



Live a Life True to Yourself TEXT

October 20, 2013
Soul & Spirit Magazine

I mentioned this last month: the top regret of people interviewed by nurse Bronnie Ware in her book The Five Top Regrets of the Dying (Hay House). Well, let’s learn from this and apply it right now, while we’re alive. The words sound easy, but the application of them, once we start to unpack the ideas, is incredibly difficult.



Can You Love without Attachment? TEXT

September 20, 2013
Soul & Spirit Magazine

First of all, we assume that love and attachment mean the same thing. But the Buddhist way of understanding our emotions is that attachment is the neurotic, needy, dissatisfied part of us that yearns for someone out there, believing that when we get him, we’ll be happy.



Myanmar (Burma) Pilgrimage 2013 AUDIO

September 2–19, 2013
Pilgrimage in Myanmar (Burma)



Cultivating Courageous Compassion AUDIO

May 31–June 2, 2013
Vajrayana Institute, Sydney

It's easy to become overwhelmed by the suffering of the world, to despair that there is little we can do to help. But it's possible to develop the huge compassion of the bodhisattva: the enthusiasm and confidence to never give up working to help others.



Take Control AUDIO

April 6–7, 2013
Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, QLD, Australia



Psychology of Happiness AUDIO

April 5, 2013
Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, QLD, Australia



The Spiritual Teacher AUDIO

March 18, 2013
Vajrayana Institute, Sydney
Ven Robina gave a talk on the importance of the spiritual teacher and how to cultivate a healthy relationship with a fully qualified teacher as an essential part of one's Buddhist path.



Karma and Emptiness Workshop AUDIO

March 15–17, 2013
Vajrayana Institute, Sydney
COURSE NOTES: Karma & Emptiness; How to Bounce Back by Seeing the Challenges of Life as Good
What is the relationship between our karma (actions) and the ultimate nature of phenomena or emptiness of inherent nature? Ven Robina will explore this vital connection between the inter-dependent nature of all things and the power of our actions, both virtuous and non-virtuous, to impact our lives and those of others.



Public Talk: Dealing with Stress and Weekend Workshop on Bouncing Back AUDIO

March 8–10, 2013
Vajrayana Institute, Sydney
Ven Robina Courtin teaches in her accessible, common-sense way about dealing with hardships by changing one's mind through mind training.



Dependent Arising UNEDITED TRANSCRIPT

February 9, 2013
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



The Nature of Mind VIDEO

February 1–3, 2013
Maitripa College, Portland, OR
COURSE NOTES: The Nature of Mind



Teachings at Dharma Friendship Foundation AUDIO

Direct link to MP3
January 30, 2013
Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle, WA



Understanding Buddhism AUDIO

2013
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



Dharma Tools for the Holidays VIDEO
December 23, 2012

See also: Ven. Robina Courtin video playlist by Kurukulla Center
Kurukulla Center, Medford, MA



The Spiritual Teacher and Guru Devotion (1 of 2) VIDEO

December 21–22, 2012
See also: The Spiritual Teacher and Guru Devotion (2 of 2)
See also: Ven. Robina Courtin video playlist by Kurukulla Center
Kurukulla Center, Medford, MA



Meditation VIDEO

December 19, 2012
See also: Ven. Robina Courtin video playlist by Kurukulla Center
Kurukulla Center, Medford, MA



Brave Heart Wise Mind VIDEO

December 18, 2012
See also: Ven. Robina Courtin video playlist by Kurukulla Center
Kurukulla Center, Medford, MA



Joyful Effort VIDEO

December 17, 2012
See also: Ven. Robina Courtin video playlist by Kurukulla Center
Kurukulla Center, Medford, MA



Introduction to Tantra (1 of 3) VIDEO

December 14–15, 2012
See also: Introduction to Tantra (2 of 3)
See also: Introduction to Tantra (3 of 3)
See also: Ven. Robina Courtin video playlist by Kurukulla Center
Kurukulla Center, Medford, MA



What is the Point of Dharma Practice VIDEO

December 12, 2012
See also: Ven. Robina Courtin video playlist by Kurukulla Center
Kurukulla Center, Medford, MA



Cultivating Regret and Abandoning Guilt VIDEO

December 8, 2012
See also: Ven. Robina Courtin video playlist by Kurukulla Center
Kurukulla Center, Medford, MA



Free Your Mind - Discover Your Potential: A public talk and retreat with Ven. Robina Courtin AUDIO

September 13–23, 2012
Shantideva Meditation Center, New York City



Teachings at Dharma Friendship Foundation AUDIO

Direct link to MP3
September 11, 2012
Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle, WA



Public Talk & Weekend Workshop: The Heart Sutra VIDEO

September 7–9, 2012
Maitripa College, Portland, OR
COURSE NOTES: How to See the Absence of the I and Everything Else



Teachings in Latvia AUDIO

August 21–26, 2012
Ganden Buddhist Meditation Centre, Latvia



Be Your Own Therapist VIDEO

July 20–29, 2012
Ganden Tendar Ling, Moscow



Death and Rebirth Seminar VIDEO

July 20–29, 2012
Ganden Tendar Ling, Moscow



Change Your Mind, Transform Your Life VIDEO & AUDIO

July 10–15, 2012
Institut Vajra Yogini, France



The Riddle of Happiness, Buddhist Teachings & Practice VIDEO

July, 2012
Tao's Center, Paros, Greece



La diferencia entre la culpa y el arrepentimiento VIDEO

June 10, 2012
Nagarjuna Valencia, Spain



The Psychology of Transformation: Understanding Buddhist Tantra

June 2–3, 2012
Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, UK
COURSE NOTES: The Psychology of Transformation: Understanding Buddhist Tantra



How to create a Positive and Joyful Mind Through Meditation AUDIO

May 23, 2012
Vajrayana Institute, Sydney

Examine our mind through meditation and explore how meditation can help us to create and sustain a positive and joyful mind.



Vajrasattva Retreat AUDIO

May 18–20, 2012
Vajrayana Institute, Sydney
COURSE NOTES: How to Purify Negative Karma with Vajrasattva in the Context of the Four Opponent Powers

"We can develop our consciousness to the limitless states of universal compassion, love, wisdom and freedom. The Vajrasattva practice can lead us beyond ego, beyond grasping, and beyond the dualistic mind. That's what the Vajrasattva practice is about." - Lama Yeshe



Karma & Emptiness AUDIO

May 12–13, 2012
Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre, Blue Mountains, NSW



Karma, the Ultimate Makeover AUDIO

May 11, 2012
Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre, Blue Mountains, NSW



NEW: Creating Courageous Compassion AUDIO

April 28–29, 2012
Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, QLD, Australia
COURSE NOTES: Courageous Compassion: How to Transform Problems into Happiness



NEW: Oddiyana 5-Day Retreat 2012 AUDIO

April 11–16, 2012
Oddiyana Dharma Sanctuary, Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia



Karma & Emptiness Retreat Teachings AUDIO

March 17–18, 2012
Atisha Centre, near Bendigo, VIC



Teachings from Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula MT AUDIO

February 14–29, 2012
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT
Includes teachings:
• The Absence of Self Existence, February 28
• Give Your Joy to Others, February 26
• How We Purify Karma, February 25
UNEDITED TRANSCRIPT: How We Purify Karma
• Transforming Emotions, February 23
UNEDITED TRANSCRIPT: Transforming Emotions
• Faith and the Quest for Social Justice: An interfaith dialogue with Rev. Peter Shober and Ven. Robina, February 21
• Cultivating Equanimity and Humility, February 19
UNEDITED TRANSCRIPT: Cultivating Equanimity and Humility
• Seeing Negative People as Treasures, February 18
UNEDITED TRANSCRIPT: Seeing Negative People as Treasures
• Love and Attachment, February 16
UNEDITED TRANSCRIPT: Love and Attachment
• Public Talk: Love and Cherishing Others, February 14
UNEDITED TRANSCRIPT: Love and Cherishing Others



Deconstructing Our Emotions

February 10–12, 2012
Vajrapani Institute, Boulder Creek, CA
COURSE NOTES: Deconstructing Our Emotions



Buddhism and Chocolate Cake: How to be Happy VIDEO

February 9, 2012
Chico State University, Chico, California



The Psychology of Tantra AUDIO

Direct link to MP3
February 7, 2012
Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle, WA



The Psychology of Tantra VIDEO

February 3–5, 2012
Maitripa College, Portland, OR



Green Tara Meditation Practice to Remove Obstacles AUDIO

January 30, 2012
Thubten Norbu Ling, Santa Fe, NM



Free Your Mind: A Teaching and Meditation Retreat on Green Tara AUDIO

January 27–29, 2012
Thubten Norbu Ling, Santa Fe, NM



Cultivating Courageous Compassion AUDIO

January 26, 2012
Thubten Norbu Ling, Santa Fe, NM



Teachings from Kurukulla Center, Boston, MA AUDIO

December 2011 – January 2012
Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Studies, Boston
Includes teachings:
• Impermanence and Dying
• Karma, Dependent Arising, and Emptiness
• How to Cultivate Courageous Compassion
• Purification and the Four Opponent Powers: Vajrasattva Practice
• Introduction to Vajrasattva and the Four Opponent Powers
• Becoming Your Own Therapist
• Embracing Tara



Transformation of Desire: Intro to Tantra AUDIO

December 9–12, 2011
Shantideva Meditation Group, New York City
"Tantrayana has the skillful methods whereby you can use desire objects that usually bring reactions of confusion and dissatisfaction in the path to enlightenment; by practicing tantric yoga, you can transform the energy of desire into the path to enlightenment."
- Lama Thubten Yeshe, Introduction to Tantra



Working with Disturbing Emotions in Everyday Life VIDEO

November 7, 2011
Mind & Its Potential, Sydney



NEW: Nature of Mind AUDIO

November 5–6, 2011
Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, QLD, Australia



Transforming Problems Workshop AUDIO

October 8–9, 2011
Vajrayana Institute, Sydney
When we encounter problems and difficulties, how can we make use of such circumstances to benefit ourselves and others? The point of transforming problems is not to stop the experience of problems; rather, it is to stop these so-called "problems" from disturbing our mind and use them to develop our innate potential for love, compassion, kindness and so on.



Finding Freedom and Happiness AUDIO

October 7, 2011
Vajrayana Institute, Sydney
A public talk on finding freedom and happiness through the teachings of the Buddha.



Tara Buddha of Liberation Weekend Retreat AUDIO

October 1–3, 2011
Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre, Blue Mountains, NSW
Tara is known as the Liberator of all Difficulties as she possesses all the wisdom knowledge and compassion of an enlightened being. This weekend retreat introduced the practice of visualization, mantra recitation and aspirational prayers.



Becoming Your Own Therapist Retreat VIDEO & AUDIO

July 26–31, 2011
Institut Vajra Yogini, Marzens
"Each of us should know his mind, you must become your own psychologist. Every human being has the ability to understand his mind, when you understand your mind, control follows naturally. Without understanding how your inner nature is changing, how can you find eternal happiness? The lasting happiness lies in you, in your own mind, your conscience."
- Lama Yeshe



The Bird Needs Two Wings (Unedited Transcript)

July 21, 2011
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



Vajrasattva Purification (Unedited Transcript)

July 20, 2011
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



Dependent Arising (Unedited Transcript)

July 18, 2011
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



Karma (Unedited Transcript)

July 17, 2011
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



Universal Compassion (Audio)

June 29, 2011
Union Theological Seminary, New York City.
Sponsored by Shantideva Meditation Group, New York City
Buddhism and all other major religions teach that our lives are meaningful when we act with the motivation to develop loving kindness, generosity, and other positive qualities for the benefit of all sentient beings. Universal compassion brings the practice of cherishing others into the broader context of service. Ven. Robina discusses Liberation Prison Project and other examples of how service to others can enable us to relieve suffering and generate peace and love within our interdependent world.



Guru Devotion and Medicine Buddha Puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Audio)

June 28, 2011
Sponsored by Shantideva Meditation Group, New York City
Ven. Robina guides us in a Medicine Buddha puja, dedicated to the full recovery, good health, and long-life of our precious guru, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who manifested the appearance of a stroke in April. Ven. Robina updates us on Lama Zopa Rinpoche's condition, help us to understand Rinpoche's illness within the context of Guru Devotion, and explain how students might practice with the pure view of Rinpoche as an enlightened being.



Going for Refuge (Audio)

June 25, 2011
Sponsored by Shantideva Meditation Group, New York City
What it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels and how taking lay vows can enhance our spiritual growth. Sponsored by Shantideva Meditation (FPMT-NYC) as part of its series, Cultivating the Good Heart: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Compassion & Wisdom.



Tara: Female Buddha of Compassion in Action (Audio)

June 24–26, 2011
Public talk & retreat
Jewel Heart Center, New York City
Sponsored by Shantideva Meditation Group, New York City
In Tibetan Buddhism, Tara, representing the female form of compassion in action, was born from tears of Chenrezig, the male Buddha representing the compassion of all the Buddhas. Ven. Robina introduces how tantric meditation, visualization, mantra recitation, and prayer can help us to achieve union with a deity such as Tara, to remove obstacles to the spiritual path and more quickly develop the positive potential of the mind. During the meditation retreat, Ven. Robina guides us through Tara sadhanas or practices, including the mantra OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA.



Teachings at FPMT's Tong-nyi Nying-je Ling (Video)

June 3–8, 2011



NEW: Oddiyana Weekend Retreat 2011 AUDIO

January 29–30, 2011
Oddiyana Dharma Sanctuary, Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia



NEW: Addiction vs Freedom AUDIO

January 28, 2011
Oddiyana Dharma Sanctuary, Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia



Dependent Arising (Audio)

2011
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



Karma (Audio)

2011
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



Making the World a Peaceful Place (Audio)

2011
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



The Bird Needs Two Wings (Audio)

2011
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



Vajrasattva Purification (Audio)

2011
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



Compass: What Should I Do? Part 1 (Video)

September 2009
Every Sunday night, Australia's ABCTV screens Compass, exploring faith, belief and values in Australia and around the globe. In the first of this two-part special, Geraldine Doogue is joined by five guests who discuss their dilemmas and help answer the question: What should I do? At the table are: shareholder activist Stephen Mayne, Buddhist nun Robina Courtin, former ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell, outspoken Catholic priest Father Bob Maguire and social activist James Arvanitakis.



Death and Rebirth (Audio)

January 2009
Explore the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. This is part of Shantideva Meditation Group's ongoing study program of the FPMT's Discovering Buddhism material. For more information contact shantideva@yahoo.com



Pilgrimage in India: Stories and Allegories (Audio)

December 2008
Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, San Francisco
In 2001 Ven. Robina created Chasing Buddha Pilgrimage (now called Dharma Journeys), which leads pilgrimages to holy sites in India, Nepal and Tibet, raising funds to support Liberation Prison Project. In this teaching Ven. Robina shares her own experiences on pilgrimage with students at Tse Chen Ling and explains the real purpose of making such a journey.



Be Your Own Therapist (Video)

October 2008
Google, Mountain View, CA
Ven. Robina teaches at GoogleTechTalks.



The Spiritual Teacher (Audio)

September 26–28, 2008
Sponsored by FPMT's Shantideva Meditation Group, New York City
Investigate the role of the teacher on the spiritual path: the need for a teacher, the qualities of a teacher and student, and how to relate to a teacher for greatest benefit.



Ensenanza Sobre el Karma (Video)

May 2008
Centro Budista Yamantaka, Bogota
En esta enseñanza, la Ven. Robina Courtin nos explica sobre la ley de causa efecto, sobre lo que se considera positivo o negativo, y la razón por la cual algo se considera así. La enseñanza fua dada en el Centro Budista Yamantaka de Bogota. Si quisiera tener una copia completa de la enseñanza por favor contactenos en informacionbudismobogota@gmail.com



Ven. Robina at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco (Video)

May 2008
Ven. Robina speaks at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco about Liberation Prison Project, which she founded in 1996 and ran until 2009.



How to Create a Positive and Joyful Mind Through Meditation (Audio)

April 18–20, 2008
Sponsored by Shantideva Meditation Group, New York City
Examine your mind, learn the definition and purpose of meditation, how to set up a meditation session, different meditation techniques, and how to deal with obstacles to meditation.



Change Your Mind, Revolutionize Your Life (Audio)

December 2007
Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, San Francisco
Ven. Robina teaches on The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, a text by the 11th century Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa. "The Eight Verses is an incredible practice," says Lama Zopa Rinpoche. "It is a very skillful psychological method that can make being happy or unhappy, wealthy or poor, healthy or sick, beneficial for all sentient beings. The Eight Verses can even make dying beneficial for all sentient beings - and living!"



What is Anger? (Text)

October/November 2007
From FPMT's Mandala Magazine
"A perfect question. And the perfect answer, which I heard from a lama, is: Anger is the response when attachment doesn't get what it wants."



Brave Heart, Wise Mind (Audio)

"The most radical way to really get compassion – is to like problems as we like ice cream. I think we should talk about that."
October 2007



Questions From a Teen Group (Audio)

September 2007
Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, San Francisco.



The Ultimate Makeover - Transforming Your Life with Karma and Dependent Arising (Audio)

September 2007
Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, San Francisco
"Wisdom is being in touch with the truth. Buddha says, the extent to which we are not in touch with the truth, the extent to which we are not in touch with how things exist, is the extent to which we suffer."



Vegetarianism: A Healthy Debate (Text)

June 2007
From FPMT's Mandala Magazine
"Is eating meat the same as killing?"



Use Your Wisdom (Audio)

February 2007
Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, San Francisco
"When you've got wisdom, to whatever degree, it means you are accurate, it means you are speaking facts. We've got to distinguish facts from fiction. And when you're a buddha, you've finally got all the facts down."



Facing Obstacles (Audio)

February 2007
Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, San Francisco
"The fundamental thing that Buddha is saying is that the main cause of whether we're happy or suffer is not the outside event, it's the internal experience, the way we experience it. In other words, our mind."



TEACHINGS AT DHARMA FRIENDSHIP FOUNDATION AUDIO

Direct links to MP3: 12/1, 12/2 am, 12/2 pm, 12/3 am, 12/3 pm
December 1–3, 2006
Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle, WA



BEYOND SELF DOUBT AUDIO

March 2005
Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Studies, Boston



THE ART OF ANGER MANAGEMENT AUDIO

February 2005
Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Studies, Boston



FINDING FREEDOM AUDIO

February 2005
Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Studies, Boston
Public talk.



3 PRINCIPLES OF THE PATH AUDIO

2005
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS AUDIO

2005
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



KARMA: THE LAW OF CAUSE & EFFECT, Part 1 of 13 VIDEO

Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA
Ven. Robina gives us the essence of the Buddha’s teaching of Karma – the law of cause and effect – in a succinct digestible package that is easy for anyone to understand. Robina's teaching is exhilarating, entertaining and fun. This teaching is great for beginners to get a taste of the meaning of Karma in simple terms as well as for long time students to remember the essence of this complex subject.



FACE YOUR FEAR; KILL YOUR EGO AUDIO

June 2004
Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, San Francisco
In these times, our experience of the external world is filled with fear, anxiety and anger. Yet within this state of conflict, we can investigate the mental states that give rise to the experience, forming the basis on which to transform our experiences.



ADDICTION vs. FREEDOM AUDIO

April 2004
Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA
We can mold this mind into any shape we like. But that's a difficult job because we are all junkies to the methods that we use now - addicted to following attachment, to follow blame, to follow anger. And we don't even know any other way.



CONVERSATIONS WITH A NUN: OPENING THE PRISON DOOR (Text)

September 2003
From FPMT's Mandala Magazine
Lyn Siegel, a freelance writer from North Carolina, and psychiatrist Dr Norma Safransk interview Ven.
"When I met Buddhism I felt like I had found something I had lost, because, from a karmic point of view, it was something I'd had before, in previous lives. When I heard it again, it was like coming home."



WORKSHOP IS THE MIND AUDIO

2002
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT



DISCOVERING BUDDHISM MODULE 1 MIND AND ITS POTENTIAL - Part 2 VIDEO



DISCOVERING BUDDHISM MODULE 3 PRESENTING THE PATH - Part 4 VIDEO



TEACHINGS AT DHARMA FRIENDSHIP FOUNDATION AUDIO

Direct link to MP3
October 9, 2000
Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle, WA