Mind & Its Potential
This course introduces the Buddhist understanding of mind and it’s crucial role in our lives regardless of whether we have a religious perspective or not. There is no way to avoid working with our minds if we wish for any kind of happiness and the reduction of problems and suffering. During this course, we compare the Buddhist view of “mind” with the scientific materialist view of the mind/brain and explore the vital implications of these diametrically opposed views. In addition, this course will demonstrate how meditation and the practice of mindfulness are the most effective ways to work with the mind.
Students will come to understand that mind is the source of all experience – good and bad – and, therefore, that it is vital to spend time to understand the mind and try to subdue its harmful tendencies and cultivate the positive ones. They will see that this process is enjoyable, meaningful and a great contribution to the well-being of others, even if one believes only in this life.
Participants will see that their own limited, confused mind can be changed, that they have a great potential within themselves for compassion and wisdom, and that there are methods that can be learnt to unlock that potential.
The whole teachings will be in 2 days with 2 sessions a day in the afternoon
10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm – MOUNTAIN TIME (where Ven Robina is)
1pm to 3pm and 4pm to 6pm – BRAZILIAN TIME (Shiwa Lha Host Center – Rio de Janeiro)
If you are not able to attend all of them, the teachings will be recorded and available for two months.
Of course to attend Robina´s teaching´s LIVE is much more powerful!
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About Venerable Robina Courtin
Since discovering the Buddhist path and ordaining as a nun in 1978 – Ven. Robina has worked full time for her heart lamas, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and their Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
At Wisdom Publications between 1978 and 1987 she oversaw at various times its design, production, and editorial activities. Also at Wisdom, she co-edited two issues of Wisdom Magazine – the forerunner of FPMT’s Mandala Magazine, which she edited from 1994 until 2000.
She was executive director of Liberation Prison Project from 1996 until 2009, establishing it as a non-profit in both the US and Australia.
She has edited numerous books of the lamas, including Becoming the Compassion Buddha, Bliss of Inner Fire and Dear Lama Zopa.
These days she travels throughout the year, teaching at the centers, and edits for publication the lamas’ teachings.
She is Known for her extraordinary energy and fiery compassion, Ven. Robina’s life and work have been the subject of documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom.