"Happy Living - Happy Dying" with Venerable Robina Courtin

Sep 27 to Oct 3, 2015

A Special Week-long Program

This retreat will be Medicine Buddha Practice combined with teachings from Venerable Robina on how to help your loved ones enjoy death and go happily to their next rebirth.

According to Buddhism, this life we have now is just one of countless lives we have lived in a continuum going off immeasurably into the past and indefinitely into the future. What kind of life we get and what happens to us throughout our life is coming from our karma, which is coming from our mind – our thoughts and attitudes.

Learning how to develop positive and realistic attitudes helps us have more happiness right now. It also helps us go through the dying process in the most skillful way, bringing our good karma to the front of the queue so that we can have the most favorable rebirth – a fortunate human rebirth in which we will be able to continue our spiritual evolution.

Session times with Ven Robina

Venerable Robina Courtin is scheduled to teach the following times each day.

  • 9:30am – 12:30pm (with a short break)
  • 3:30pm – 6pm 
  • 7:30pm – 8:30/0pm
**there may be some minor adjustments to this schedule.

We welcome part-time retreators and drop-ins. Please observe the following points of etiquette.

1) Be aware that the seats in front are for people attending the whole retreat. Please sit towards the back of the group if you are dropping into sessions.
2) Arrive at sessions on time.
3) Please stay for the full session (OK to leave during a scheduled break)


All of this is to show respect to the teacher and others in the class.
Register online here or at the desk in the gompa.

Medicine Buddha


Medicine Buddha

Medicine Buddha, (Tib. Menla, Skt. Bhaishajya Guru) is just one of numerous manifestations of enlightened mind (dharmakaya), showing up in a divine form to benefit sentient beings. Medicine Buddha made special pledges to help sentient beings in certain ways, including helping them at the time of death, leading them to his pure land. For that reason, Medicine Buddha is a preferred practice to do for people who are dying and while they are in the bardo (intermediate state between this life and the next). Our sadhana practice of Medicine Buddha is a way for us to finally develop the same qualities, to attain the state of Medicine Buddha, a completely purified being with all realizations. Read more about Medicine Buddha.

About the Retreat Leader

Ordained since the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT. 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.

See www.robinacourtin.com to read Ven. Robina’s active blog, tour schedule, and other news.

Date(s): Sep 27 to Oct 3, 2015
Times: All Day
Instructor/Leader: Venerable Robina Courtin
Type of event: retreat
Number of sessions: multiple
Level: general
Participation: full-time; please register
Location: Main Gompa
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