Venerable Robina Courtin
When we've realised emptiness, there is no fear.
online event 26-28 November '21
As Lama Yeshe describes in his Mahamudra: How to Discover Our True Nature, our grasping at a separate, real me is finally cut by understanding emptiness, dependent arising.
Lama quotes Chandrakirti saying that "this primordial belief in a separate ‘me' creates the concept of ‘other'—and from this tremendous gap comes the evolution of all of samsara, the cycle of existence.”
As Lama says, “To knock out this hallucinated vision, we must realize nonduality, emptiness. This realization cuts the wrong conceptions and destroys the nuclear energy of ego. This is revolutionary—more revolutionary than any political ideology. And it brings you totally beyond fear: emptiness is the antidote to fear. So beautiful!"
Where does “fear” fit in the list of mental problems that afflict us daily according to the Buddha’s model of the mind? We have attachment, anger, jealousy, low self-esteem. What about fear? It doesn’t have its own status because it’s in fact at the root of all our delusions.
We can see how fear arises from attachment, our huge need for things to go nicely. Attachment can’t stand problems – so, naturally, fear arises when things go wrong. And not only attachment is the problem: another mistake that kicks in is not realizing that life is uncertain, things change. It’s the nature of life!
Buddha has found that all these delusions – therefore fear itself – are not at the core of our being and can be removed. Our job, then, is to become intimately familiar with our mind so that we can the job of developing this marvellous potential – and, finally, by realizing emptiness – going beyond fear.
Venerable Robina Courtin
Ordained since 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.
Find out more about Venerable Robina here
Friday 26 November 2021 7:30 PM - Sunday 28 November 2021 6:30 PM (UTC+01)
This event takes place online, on Zoom.
Friday 26th November: 7.30-9pm UK/12.30-2pm Santa Fe (90 minutes)
Saturday 27 November: 3.30pm-6.30pm UK/ 8.30am-11.30am Santa Fe (3 hours, with break)
Sunday 28 November: 3.30pm-6.30pm UK/ 8.30am-11.30am Santa Fe (3 hours, with break)
Suggested donations: £65/£45/£25
There are 3 prices, in order to make this course available to all:
£65: Generosity price: to financially support those without the means to participate.
£45: Sustainable price: the regular price to sustain this course.
£25: Subsidised price, for those on low income and in need of financial assistance.
Please give generously within your means. No one will be turned away because of lack of funds.