Venerable Robina Courtin, a Tibetan Buddhist nun, does not fit any of our pictures of a spiritual person. She can be abrasive, outspoken, tough, and fiery and her rapid-fire speech underscores an insatiable energy and a clarity that is very rare.
Born in Australia in 1944, Ven Robina spent the the early part of her life studying classical singing, being involved with the radical left/feminist activism and then, in her quest for a spiritual path, studying martial arts.
She became a student of Lama Yeshe and was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery (http://www.kopanmonastery.com/) in 1978. Since then, she has worked full-time for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) in several roles; editorial director of Wisdom Publications (http://www.wisdompubs.org/), editor of the magazine,Mandala (http://www.mandalamagazine.org/) and director of the Liberation Prison Project (http://www.liberationprisonproject.org/). Since 1987 she has taught Buddhist courses and retreats at FPMT centers worldwide.
Well-known for her intense energy and no-nonsense manner of expressing her profound understanding of Buddhist philosophy, Ven Robina is the subject of an award-winning documentary, "Chasing Buddha" and a film by Christine Lundberg called "On the Road Home".
She is one of the most energetic and effective communicators and teachers I have ever had the good fortune of meeting and she is going to be in town on the night of Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Unfortunately she has a flight to catch in the morning, however she has been kind enough to agree to talk with us and lead us in meditation.
Please let me know if you'd be interested in attending. I would highly highly recommend this event. Please look her up.
Screening of 'Chasing Buddha' (http://www.chasingbuddhafilm.com) The Australian documentary Chasing Buddha, is a portrait of the nun that focuses on her work with prisoners, including several death row inmates in the Kentucky State Penitentiary. Nominated for Best Direction in a documentary by the Australian Film Institute in 2000, the film also describes the difficulties of her childhood, her relationship with her father, her activist life, and her search for spiritual truth that led her to Buddhism in 1977.
IMDB 8.8/10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0260796/
The movie screening will be followed by a short commentary by none other than Ven.Robina Courtin herself.
This will be followed by a short talk and meditation session.
This is an amazing opportunity and is not to be missed. A donation of AED50 is suggested. Inspiration, happiness and chocolate cake shall be provided. Hope to see you there!