september, 2020

This is a repeating event

10sep10:00 am12:00 pmFeaturedCultivating Happiness and Sanity in Trying Times with Venerable Robina Courtin10:00 am - 12:00 pm Teacher: Venerable Robina Courtin Event Type:Class/CoursesLevel:Advanced,Beginners,Intermediate

Event Details

Dynamic and charismatic, Australian-born Tibetan Buddhist Nun, Venerable Robina Courtin travels the world teaching Buddhist psychology and philosophy and helping those in need.

Ven. Robina will join us via Zoom for 4 sessions of teachings focused on using Buddhist psychology and philosophy to start “cultivating happiness and sanity in trying times“.

Sessions will include teachings, discussion & short guided meditations.

Topics that will be addressed include:

  • Roadmap to Happiness- How do we find our way.
  • Sanity? Riding Our Emotional Rollercoasters
  • Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion in these Trying Times

While the teachings are rooted in Buddhist teachings, the study and practice of these teachings and practices are applicable to anyone from any background or religion, and all are welcome. Open to all faiths or no faith.

Watch via YouTube Stream

Download the course notes for iPhone here

Download the course notes for Tablet here


Vajrayana Institute is able to offer these classes thanks to the generosity and kindness of previous students and members. Donations are appreciated and will enable us to offer more amazing teachings like these in the future!

Suggested donation $20 per day but no set amount

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About Venerable Robina

Ven. Robina’s no-nonsense, at times confronting translation of Buddhist psychology has garnered her a world-wide following as she blasts apart all the usual stereotypes pervading religion and the “spiritual”. “Being a Buddhist is being your own psychologist, being your own therapist. What that means is really learning to listen to what the hell is going on inside,” Ven. Robina says. “The main cause of the misery and the neuroses and the unhappiness in our life is not the outside, but it’s the inside”. Ven. Robina’s teachings are viewed by millions around the world because of the unrelentingly challenging, hard-hitting, serious, funny, intuitive, inspiring, and empowering way in which she delivers them. She specializes in applying the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism to contemporary everyday life, using examples from news, current affairs, TV, magazines, and film.



September 10th. 10 am – 12 pm AEST


Everyone wants to be happy and no one wants to suffer. We will examine what happiness is and how we cultivate while understanding the role of suffering in our lives. We spend our lives attempting to manipulate the outside world in order to accomplish this. The Buddha points out that happiness is possible, but the main cause is not outside of us. We’ll never succeed at finding happiness until we factor in our own mind, our attitudes, and our expectations. By becoming deeply familiar with the workings of our own minds through meditation and other practices, and by understanding the natural law of karma that says that we ourselves create our own suffering and happiness, we can develop our potential for contentment and fulfillment, even when life is difficult.

September 11th. 10 am – 12 pm AEST


Am I trying hard enough? Am I doing things right? Am I being true to myself? Am I letting others down? Am I missing out? Am I enough? Am I too much? Sometimes these questions and the emotions they evoke are overt, other times very subtle. Our constant need to do and be and to have better and bigger things or to have less is keeping most of us stuck on an emotional rollercoaster, and at what expense to our wellbeing? Let’s discuss why we are on the rollercoaster and how to develop emotional awareness to get off.

September 12th & 13th. 10 am – 12pm AEST


There is no hiding the obvious fact that we are living in trying times. In her intensely riveting, down-to-earth, and engaging manner, Ven. Robina will analyze how experience influences our emotions and how we can train our minds to develop emotional inner strength and balance. By cultivating emotional awareness through developing wisdom and stillness, we create the ability to respond to situations rather than to react, to be in control rather than to be controlled by our emotions. Helping to separate fact from fiction, she applies a Buddhist understanding of how our ego is at play in all our “disturbing emotions” or “delusions” and explains how we can go beyond them.

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

september 11, 2020 10:00 am - september 11, 2020 12:00 pmseptember 12, 2020 10:00 am - september 12, 2020 12:00 pmseptember 13, 2020 10:00 am - september 13, 2020 12:00 pm


Venerable Robina Courtin


(Thursday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm