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Watch Robina Courtin GoogleTech Talks video: "Be your own therapist"

We'll watch this on my laptop, unless someone has a projector. It's a great talk and she is a spirited woman with a clear and compelling message. We'll start with "insights and epiphanies", follow with the talk - about one hour, and leave about 30 minutes for discussion at the end. Please join us if you can.

The following is a description from the GoogleTech Talk site:


We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing without question that happiness and suffering come from "out there." In reality, Buddhist teachings explain that they come from the way we perceive and interpret things, not the things themselves.

This deeply held misconception is at the root of our dissatisfaction, self-doubt, anger, depression, anxiety, and the rest. But our minds can change. By becoming deeply familiar with the workings of our own cognitive processes through introspection and learning to deconstruct them - truly, being our own therapists - we can loosen the grip of these neuroses and grow our marvelous potential for contentment, clarity, and courage, which are at the core of our being.

Speaker: Venerable Robina Courtin
A Tibetan Buddhist nun for 30 years, beloved teacher and power-house personality, Ven. Robina Courtin is Executive Director of Liberation Prison Project, based in San Francisco. (

A lifeline for people with nothing and no one, since 1996 Liberation Prison Project has supported the spiritual practice of over 15,000 prisoners, mainly in the US and Australia. These days, the project spends $50,000 every month, nearly half of it on salaries and benefits for a fulltime staff of ten (eight in the US and two in Australia, including three former prisoners), supported by a team of 150+ volunteers worldwide.

Ven. Robina travels the world, teaching and raising funds, touching countless hearts and minds with her down-to-earth, no-nonsense packaging of the Buddha's teachings, often filled with tasty stories from her own real-life struggles, attachments and relationships. She is able to put across to her students in and out of prison that change is possible; everyone can learn to develop their qualities, to be joyful in the face of difficulties - even on death row.

"Ven. Robina has taught me to look at everything that occurs in my life with a different view," writes one Australian prisoner. "She has given me dignity, courage, and honor."

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  • Pat J.

    Brand new to this, exited.

    March 17, 2013

  • nancy g.

    I recently moved from Colorado - where I was
    an occasional participant at the local Buddhist Center

    March 17, 2013

  • audrey

    I'll just be coming back from out-of-state that day and won't be able to make it.

    March 14, 2013

  • Lisa Valerie B.

    Hi Portland Mindfulness Group,

    Venerable Robina is the real deal. She is a deep and direct teacher who has actually graced us in Maine on a few occasions. I recently watched this video with some dharma sisters and we were left in stunned silence by the force and wisdom that is Ven. Robina. I hope you have a great turn out for this viewing. I did not know about the LPP until I began teaching youth at Long Creek Development Center in So. Portland and recently became a Buddhist Chaplain there. LPP has donated free books and dharma to many thirsty hearts and minds.
    I hope you have a great turn out!
    Blessings on the Path,

    March 13, 2013

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