Three evening teachings with Venerable Robina Courtin
DATE & TIME: 24. – 26. March 2020, 18.30 – 21.00 (please note we will start earlier than usual)
CATEGORY: Buddhist Studies
Important Notice: All Lhagsam activities are going digital due to the coronavirus. Find more Information here. We are looking forward to continuing to practice, meditate and study together online! Join us via Zoom under the following link and login. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
Meeting ID: 654 059 777
“I’m just the same radical person – I’m radically working on my own mind. Not believing in the way things appear to us: you can’t get more radical than that. I want to uproot the causes of all suffering, which are mental. In that, I am more radical than ever.” – Ven. Robina Courtin
Venerable Robina Courtin will return to Zurich to give three evening teachings on fundamental themes of Buddhism, such as karma, impermanence and loving-kindness. Venerable Robina will cover one topic in each evening and will give time to discussions, questions and answers. We will explore three themes that are so basic, yet crucial in understanding how buddhist practices can help us live a happier, and more satisfying life.
March 24th (Tuesday): What is Karma?
Karma in Sanskrit means action. Karma is natural law – the cause and effect of our own actions, that lead us to happiness or suffering. Each action we take has impact on our lives. It’s really up to each of us to decide moment to moment how to act and how to create the best conditions for our own happiness.
March 25th (Wednesday): Understanding Impermanence.
There is a saying “The bad news is nothing lasts forever, and the good news is nothing lasts forever.” All our dissatisfactions come from grasping and our attachment to wanting things to last, from our resistance to change. If we understand the essence of our existence is impermanent, will that ease our pain, our anxiety? Will this understanding of impermanence create space which allows us to live our lives in a meaningful way?
March 26th (Thursday): How to Love!
In the name of love, we act. In so many relations we build with another being, we might have mistaken attachment with genuine love. Love is wishing another to be happy and we work tirelessly for another’s happiness. When we act from attachment, afflicted emotions might arise and ‘make a huge mess’. So how do we distinguish genuine love from attachment?
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).
Duration: Three evenings. The course builds on each other. However, you are welcome to join just for one part.
Cost: You would make us very happy by supporting us with a donation. Suggested donation is 20 – 40 CHF per evening. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. You can donate upon arrival or through PayPal.
Level: Beginner. No prior knowledge required.