05-18 2011 RC watched over by Lama and Rinpoche, Ganden Tendar Ling, Moscow

Thank you to everyone who attended and made possible Becoming Your Own Therapist, our SEPTEMBER 25 public talk with Buddhist nun Ven. Robina Courtin. Ven. Robina has kindly agreed to return to Orange County NOVEMBER 25 for another public talk, Finding Happiness: Change Your Life by Changing Your Mind; and MARCH 25-27 for a weekend retreat.

Public talk: Finding Happiness: Change Your Life by Changing Your Mind
Venue: Neighborhood Congregational Church
340 St. Ann’s Drive, Laguna Beach, 92651
COST $10

Mind, or consciousness, is at the very heart of Buddhist practice. And knowing and transforming it – the whole spectrum of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions – is work we all need to do.

We all want to be fulfilled, content, joyful. But why is it that no matter how hard we try, we are so often thwarted in our efforts? According to Buddhism it is because we don’t give enough power to our own mind and our own experiences; we don’t deeply understand the inner causes of our experiences.

Although it appears true that the world is the source of our happiness and pain, this is an illusion. We are, in fact, the creators of our own reality, and we need to taste our capacity to experience this.

In this teaching, we will explore the workings of the human mind, how to become vividly aware of our emotions and feelings, and how to gradually develop the astonishing potential within each one of us, for our own sake and the sake of others.

Host: Kate Macdonald
+1 (949) 204-9870

Weekend retreat


Host: Kate Macdonald
+1 (949) 204-9870

Australian ex-Catholic, ex-political activist, ex-radical feminist, and former body guard for the Dalai Lama, Robina Courtin has been a Buddhist nun since 1978. Teaching Buddhist psychology and philosophy around the world, she shatters the stereotype of a Buddhist nun, her intense and direct style leaving an indelible impression on everyone she meets.

Robina draws on experiences from her own crazy, chaotic life, and has touched countless lives with her extraordinary energy, fiery compassion and dynamic no-nonsense style.

“My main wish is to communicate with human hearts,” Robina says. “For people to realize, ‘I’ve got some human qualities, and I can change; that I’m not defined by my negativity.’”

Well known for her work for 14 years with people in prisons in Australia and the US, including inmates on death row, Robina’s life and work is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Chasing Buddha (2001) and the Australian Broadcasting Company’s Key to Freedom (2008).

Ordained since the late 1970s, Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, a worldwide network of Buddhist centers and activities. 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.