Antioch University is honored to invite you to hear the Venerable Robina Courtin speak on February 29, from 4-6:00. Ven. Robina is a world renowned Buddhist teacher, social activist, Lesbian feminist, and martial artist. She founded the Liberation Prison Project, which offers spiritual advice, teachings, books and materials, to people in prison interested in exploring, studying and practicing Buddhism.
“It’s easy to have compassion for victims, but that’s just lazy, no big deal. When you have compassion for oppressors, then you know you are on the right track.”
Her work has been the focus of two documentary films: On the Road Home and Chasing Buddha, the latter about her work with death row inmates in the Kentucky State Penitentiary. Courtin is also responsible for the Chasing Buddha Pilgrimage, which leads pilgrimages to Buddhist holy sites in India, Nepal, and Tibet to raise money for the Liberation Prison Project. In addition, she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications and editor of Mandala Magazine.
As you may know, we are planning a trip for 20 Antioch students and alums to the Institut Vajra Yogini in France in June. Both Ven. Robina and the Institut follow the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition and the teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Rinpoche. Robina has taught at the Institut, as well.If you are interested in the trip to France, you might attend Robina’s talk to learn more about the Institut and this Buddhist lineage.
Robina will speak with us about Buddhism, her life and work, psychotherapy and life, as well as the Institut. If you want to learn more about her, check out her website www.robinacourtin.com/home.php and the Liberation Prison Project.
From an interview:
Question:How did you become who you are? I overheard you saying that you couldn’t meditate for the first seven years. You walked. So there was obviously a struggle there. There was obviously a process you went through.
Ven. Robina: Sweetie Pie, are you assuming that because a person’s a Buddhist, they didn’t struggle? It’s like saying you now can play basketball like Michael Jordan. Of course there was a time when you couldn’t play basketball, when you struggled. That goes without saying.
This is a rare and special opportunity. We urge you to attend.
Refreshments will be served and a good dose of potential enlightenment, too.
RSVP to Joy Turek at [email protected]