A Bird Needs Two Wings: Wisdom and Compassion

Public Talk and Weekend Teachings with Ven. Robina Courtin
Friday, July 14 from 7pm to 9pm
Saturday & Sunday, July 15-16 from 10am to 5pm
at Tibet House


We all want to be happy and avoid suffering. Yet it seems that however we try, we have very little control over the difficult situations we experience, from minor problems to aging, sickness, and death. Lord Buddha taught that the main thing we need to work on is our mind, and that by doing so we can become fulfilled and wise and thus able to be of benefit to others, eventually achieving our natural potential for buddhahood. Drawing on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Lama Tsongkhapa, Ven. Robina will map out for us the steps to eliminating the layers of bad habits, negative emotions, and delusions until we finally reach the happiness that we have been seeking for so long.

Whether you are new to Buddhism or have studied for quite some time, come and enjoy Ven. Robina’s unique way of teaching as she sheds light on fundamental Buddhist concepts with her incredible compassionate energy and deep wisdom.

Dates and Times:

Friday, July 14
7pm – 9pm Public Talk and Short Meditation

Saturday & Sunday, July 15-16
10am – 12:30pm Morning Teachings with Tea Break
12:30pm – 2pm Lunch Break. Note: Lunch will be provided
2pm – 5pm Afternoon Teachings and Q&A with Tea Break


Tibet House
22 West 15th St., New York, NY 10011

Suggested Donation:

Friday Public Talk: $20

Public Talk and Weekend Teachings: $120 (includes light refreshments, lunch and materials)

Weekend Teachings Only: $100 (includes light refreshments, lunch and materials)
Shantideva Meditation, Tibet House, and Nalanda Institute Members:
Public Talk: $18, Public Talk and Weekend Teaching: $108, Weekend Teaching Only: $90

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.

Financial Assistance:

While the Dharma is given freely and no one is turned away for lack of funds, we invite you to inquire about volunteering or other ways you might support our efforts to make these teachings available in New York. As an emerging volunteer organization, Shantideva Meditation Center relies entirely on donations to cover the cost of space rental, transportation, housing, materials, and administration. Thank you for your generosity.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete:Scholarship for Shantideva Meditation Center (Word document) and email it to: email hidden; JavaScript is required at least one week before the event. We are happy to answer any questions at (646) 801-1579.


If you are inspired to sponsor teacher offerings, the teacher’s lunch, flower offerings, guest refreshments, or the teaching space, please click here. You may indicate in your donation if you would like the funds to be used for a specific purpose.

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.