Radical Practices for Going Beyond Self-Centeredness

Wednesday, July 12 (Part 1) and July 19 (Part 2) from 7pm to 9pm
at Jewel Heart Center


During these two evenings, Ven. Robina Courtin will explain the advanced practices for developing love and compassion for everyone – for the harmers as well as the harmed – as outlined in the 11th century yogi Langri Tangpa’s Eight Verses of Thought Transformation. Encapsulating the essence of the bodhisattva’s approach to life, this deceptively simple advice challenges us to give up our destructive tendency to put ourselves first at the expense of others. Ven. Robina will also explain how to change our habitual reaction to problems and difficulties and use them as fuel for our spiritual practice. This crucial advice enables us to to stay strong and open in this crazy world.

Ven. Robina Courtin teaches in a very direct and powerful way, adapting to her audience. Even though some background in Buddhism will help, this teaching is open to all students.


Jewel Heart Center – 260 West Broadway, NYC 10013

Directions: 260 West Broadway is just below Canal Street. The entrance is in the St. John’s Lane alleyway that runs parallel to and between Varick Street and 6th Avenue. Here is a map showing location of Jewel Heart Center.

Subway Transportation: 1 to Franklin St; A, C, E to Canal St; N, R to Canal St

Suggested Donation:

$20 ($18 Shantideva Meditation members).
Suggested donations may be made online or at the door.


Venerable Robina’s teachings are well-attended and as we have a limited seating capacity, we recommend that you register in advance.

To register, click here.

Online registration will close at 3pm on Wednesday, July 19. Walk-ins are welcome.

About the Teacher

Ven. Robina Courtin has worked full-time for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, since her ordination in the late 1970s. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom.

Ven. Robina is known for her straightforward and energetic teaching style, helping people discover the potential of their own minds with clear explanations about Tibetan Buddhism and how to apply it to their lives.