Robina Courtin: Big love – Remembering Lama Yeshe
February 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm175kr – 295kr
Robina Courtin: Big love – remembering Lama Yeshe
“The deep, peaceful clarity of our essential mind is in the nature of love.”
An evening where Venerable Robina Courtin talks about one of her main teachers, Lama Thubten Yeshe, the founder of FPMT.
Lama Thubten Yeshe was one of the most influential Buddhist teachers of the last century. He passed away in 1984, but his legacy lives on. He was a true visionary and among the first teachers from the Tibetan tradition to teach westerners and talk about the need for universal ethics and wisdom.
Venerable Robina, who was one of Lama Yeshe’s original students, will share inspirational stories from Lama’s, and also talk about what made his teachings so unique.
Lama Yeshe was born in Tibet and at the age of six entered Sera Je Monastic University, Lhasa. He studied there until 1959 when the Chinese invasion of Tibet forced him into exile in India. Lama Yeshe continued to study and meditate in India until 1967 when, with his chief disciple Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, he went to Nepal. Two years later and in order to teach Buddhism to Westerners, he established Kopan Monastery, near Kathmandu.
In 1974, the two Lamas began making annual teaching tours to the West, and as a result of these travels a worldwide network of Buddhist teaching and meditation centers FPMT began.
In 1984, after an intense decade of imparting a wide variety of teachings and inspiring many Westerners to engage in the study and practice of Buddhism, Lama Yeshe passed away at the age of forty-nine. He was reborn as, Ösel Hita Torres, in Spain in 1985, and recognized as the incarnation of Lama Yeshe by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 1986.
“No matter whether you are a believer or a non-believer, religious or not religious, a Christian, Hindu, or a scientist, black or white, an Easterner or a Westerner, the most important thing to know is your own mind and how it works.”
About Robina Courtin
Venerable Robina’s teachings are unrelentingly challenging, hard-hitting, serious, funny, visceral, inspiring and empowering. She specialises in applying the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism to contemporary city life, using examples from TV, magazines and film.
Ordained in the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT. 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.
She has taught meditation to prisoners all over the world, developing a particularly close connection with people with life sentences in the USA.