Discovering Buddhism online with Ven. Robina Courtin

Our 13-month journey is starting on September 2, 2021

Registration begins on August 1, 2021
Interested? Visit our Open Door Session on July 15!

Program introduction from Ven. Robina

About the program

Discovering Buddhism is an FPMT study program aimed at giving Buddhist and non-Buddhist students a solid footing in the practice of Mahayana Buddhism. The program is not meant to be an academic study of Buddhism, it is meant to change our daily lives through experiential training in meditation and thought transformation.

The program takes place online on Thursday evenings, 7–9 PM CET. Each of the 13 modules consists of four two-hour sessions and starts on the first Thursday of each month. These sessions will be taught by Ven. Robina Courtin. To supplement the teachings there will be guided analytical meditations and discussions on Tuesdays (Together on the Path). Study materials will be made available, and as an extra incentive, participants are invited to meet for one “Intensive Practice Day” per module. Completion certificates will be awarded to students who meet the criteria.

You can join one of our two study paths: Total Freedom Path or Certificate Path, depending on your goals and ambitions. The Practical Information tab contains detailed information about both paths.

At Lhagsam we embrace diversity and equal opportunity with respect to race, religion, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities. Everyone is warmly welcome!

About the teacher

Ven. Robina Courtin, Australian-born Buddhist nun with a powerhouse personality has been a buddhist nun for nearly 40 years. Well known for her work with people in prisons, Ven. Robina’s life and work is the subject of the award-winning documentary ‘Chasing Buddha‘. She teaches full time around the world at the centers of her teachers’ organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT)Read more

1 - Mind and its PotentialExamine the mind and how it creates happiness and suffering. Learn to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes to create a positive and joyous mind!2 - 23. Sept, 2021
2 - How to MeditateLearn the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit, how to set up a meditation session, different meditation techniques, and how to deal with obstacles to meditation7 - 28. Oct, 2021
3 - Presenting the PathGet an overview of the entire Tibetan Buddhist path to awakening. Study the life story of the Buddha and discover a unique system for putting Buddhist philosophy into practice – the lam-rim, or “graduated path to enlightenment.”4 - 25. Nov, 2021
4 - The Spiritual TeacherInvestigate the role of the teacher on the spiritual path: the need for a teacher, the qualities of teacher and student, and how to relate to a teacher for greatest benefit.2 - 23. Dec, 2021
5 - Death and RebirthExplore the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. Learn to fulfill your purpose in life, resolve conflicts, and develop the skills to help yourself and others at death.6 - 27. Jan, 2022
6 - All About KarmaLearn the essential facts about the law of cause and effect. Explore ways to deal with life most effectively and take control of your future!3 - 24. Feb, 2022
7 - Refuge in the Three JewelsFind out what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels and the essential practices of refuge. Learn about the advantage of taking lay vows and their role in enhancing our spiritual growth.3 - 24. Mar, 2022
8 - Establishing a Daily PracticeAssemble the tools you need to develop a successful daily practice and find out the elements necessary to generate realizations. Get some tips for making every action meaningful.7 - 28. Apr, 2022
9 - Samsara and NirvanaInvestigate what “samsara” is and how we are stuck in it. Find out what “nirvana” is and how to achieve it. Learn how to be free from suffering and empower yourself with practical tools to deal with and eliminate disturbing emotions forever.5 - 26. May, 2022
10 - Developing Infinite CompassionDiscover practices that develop our innate qualities of compassion. Learn to apply these techniques to generate the mind of bodhichitta, known as the very heart of Buddha’s teachings.2 - 23. Jun, 2022
11 - Transforming ProblemsLearn the disadvantages of self-cherishing and the advantages of cherishing others. Learn to employ the special techniques of mind training (lojong) to transform problems into happiness.7 - 28. Jul, 2022
12 - Wisdom of EmptinessThe realization of emptiness is crucial for the attainment of liberation and enlightenment. Learn to develop calm abiding and different methods of meditation on emptiness.4 - 25. Aug, 2022
13 - Introduction to TantraLearn what tantra is, how it works, and why it is a powerful form of practice. Get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn to practice simple Kriya tantric methods. Learn to integrate tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results.1 - 22. Sep, 2022
14 - Special Integration ExperiencesBy undertaking intensive practices of purification and a two-week lam-rim retreat, you prepare your mind in the best way to realize the path to enlightenment. Purification practices include: 100,000 prostrations, 3-month Vajrasattva retreat, and Nyung Nä. This is a great way to seal the blessings of this program!At student's discretion

Lhagsam Discovering Buddhism Study Paths

Total Freedom Path

  • Drop in and out at will, no requirements or obligations.
  • You will receive all study materials and program communication.
  • If you like, you may earn Module Badges individually or all 13. However, you can only receive the Lhagsam Discovering Buddhism Program Certificate if you collect all 13 Module Badges*.
  • Completion Certificates for individual modules will be issued at the end of the program to all Module Badge* holders.
  • You can unsubscribe at any time.

Certificate Path

  • Sign up for this path if you aim to receive all 13 Module Badges* and the Lhagsam Discovering Buddhism Program Certificate. We will do our best to support you on the way.
  • You will need to complete the Special Integration Experiences Module 14 at your discretion in order to apply for the FPMT Discovering Buddhism Completion Certificate.
  • You can switch to Total Freedom Path at any time.

*Requirements to receive a Module Badge

  • You participated in all 4 Thursday teachings or watched them on video recording
  • You participated in at least two Together on the Path sessions for the given module
  • You submitted the Module Assessment
  • You completed the Intensive Practice Day per module (with Lhagsam or individually)
  • You completed the all readings required for the module


Other information about the Lhagsam DB Online Program

Cost: In development

Language: English

Level: No prior knowledge required.

Registration: Starting on August 1, 2021

Open Door Session on July 15th 
Posted on June 15, 2021

The registration is open for the Open Door Session on July 15th, 2021. During this session we will give an introduction of the spiritual content and the program logistics. You will also have the possibility to ask questions. If you are interested in this program, you are invited 🙂 No prerequisites are necessary and the participation is not binding.