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The Eight Worldly Dharmas

Our Hopes and Fears: Four evenings with Venerable Robina Courtin, who will join us live via Zoom.

WHEN: Tuesdays, 19.00 – 21.00
WHERE: Online and at Lhagsam Tibetan Meditation

The course will be offered at Lhagsam Tibetan Meditation center for all those who are able to come and will also be offered online for those who are unable to come in person.

Please note that registration is required for both Zoom and onsite participants. We would like to make sure that we have enough space for everyone in the Zoom session and at Lhagsam location. 


“The Eight Worldly Dharmas” are:

hope for happiness and fear of suffering,
hope for fame and fear of insignificance,
hope for praise and fear of blame,
hope for gain and fear of loss;

What are referred to in the Mahayana Buddhist literature as the “eight mundane concerns” or the “eight worldly dharmas” are, in fact, simply primordial levels of attachment that exist virtually as assumptions in our minds. This assumption is that I must get what I want every second, thus causing us to constantly crave happy feelings, getting nice things, hearing pleasant words with our name in them, and having people approve of us. Attachment can’t stand it when we get the opposite!

In fact, the more we look into our minds, the more we see that these attitudes inform most of our decisions in daily life, thus causing us anger, anxiety, depression and so much confusion and pain. Reversing these attitudes – so radical! – is the essence of spiritual practice. 

In order develop a deep understanding of this attachment and to lessen it we need to learn the the very specific approach that Buddhism uses to understand the mind; how the fundamental job of being a Buddhist is to develop the skill to distinguish between the negative, neurotic I-based states of mind such as attachment, anger, jealousy, depression, etc., and the positive, useful states of mind such as love, compassion, wisdom, self-confidence and the rest. 

In other words, as Lama Yeshe puts it, we need to learn to be our own therapists so that we can go beyond our fears and develop the marvelous potential that Buddha says we all possess.

About the Teacher

VRC 80x100 no backgroundVen. 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. 


Cost: Suggested donation is 10 – 20 CHF. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. You can donate upon arrival or online (via Paypal, Twint or E-Banking).

Language: Teaching and guided meditation in English.

Level: Beginner. Everybody is welcome to join.

Registration: REGISTER HERE


November 24


19:00 - 21:00


Lhagsam Tibetan Meditation
Gablerstrasse 51
Zurich, 8002 Switzerland



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