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Finding Hope in Hopelessness – evening chats with Ven Robina Courtin
From Thursday, 5. November 2020
To Thursday, 26. November 2020
ONLINE ONLY Thursdays 07:00-08:30pm IST

Shakyamuni Buddha

Registration required. This retreat is presented via Zoom

Thursdays in November 5, 12, 19, and 26  7:00-8:30pm IST


Join these inspiring evening chats with Ven Robina. In her unique and down-to-earth manner, she will shed light on how to find hope and overcome fear – even in the most turbulent times.

As Venerable Robina says "[fear] is natural, of course – but that doesn’t mean we should take fear for granted. We shouldn’t fall into the trap of believing that because fear is natural we can’t change it. Of course we can! That’s the fundamental point that Buddha makes: that’s the essence of his teachings and practice. Our mind is not set in stone. We can change it."

Taking responsibility for our own experience can help us to thrive in the chaos. You may even surprise yourself as you discover an inner strength and tenacity you didn't know you had.

It all starts by taking the first step! Register below:


About Venerable Robina:

Since being ordained as a Buddhist nun in the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full-time 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.

For more information on the activities and teachings of Ven. Robina Courtin, please visit:  http://www.robinacourtin.com

Guidelines of behaviour in a Dharma environment

Root Institute is a delightful, semi-monastic meditation centre.

To maintain a conducive, spiritually harmonious atmosphere for inner reflection and meditation, we kindly ask all our students, guests and visitors to observe the following guidelines:

  • Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.

  • Respect others' property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.

  • Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others.

  • Be celibate: no sexual activity; this also includes no romantic holding hands, hugging, massages and other physical displays of affection.

  • Be alert and mindful*: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes; we encourage you to stop smoking while here, but if this is impossible, you can smoke outside the gates.

  • Be considerate of others' silence: keep silence in the appropriate areas and at all times during residential courses, especially in the meditation hall (gompa) and dormitories; no singing or playing music and, in general, maintain a quiet demeanour while on the property.

  • Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully; please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts, or tight and revealing clothing.

  • Couples: can stay in the same room for two weeks or less under the celibacy policy.

Please be aware:

  • * The Bihar state government has passed laws totally prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol in the state, with very severe penalties! Please ensure that you do not carry any alcohol with you in Bihar.

  • Also, please note that those in service or teaching in FPMT centers and projects do not engage in the practice of Shugden and, due to our commitment to following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice and supporting his work, we do not share our materials and facilities with those who knowingly continue to practice Shugden against his advice.