Robina Courtin in 2007
|Born||20 December 1944|
|Occupation||Tibetan Buddhist nun|
Robina Courtin (born 20 December 1944, in Melbourne, Australia) is a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition and lineage of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In 1996 she founded the Liberation Prison Project, which she ran until 2009.
Courtin was raised Catholic, and in her youth was interested in becoming a Carmelite nun. In her young adulthood, she trained as a classical singer while living in London during the late 1960s. She became a feminist activist and worked on behalf of prisoners' rights in the early 1970s. In 1972 she moved back to Melbourne. Courtin began studying martial arts in 1974, living in New York City and, again, back in Melbourne. In 1976, she took a Buddhist course taught by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa in Queensland.
In 1978 Courtin ordained at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala. She was Editorial Director of Wisdom Publications until 1987 and Editor of Mandala until 2000. She left Mandala to teach and to develop Liberation Prison Project.
Robina Courtin's work has been featured in two documentary films, Christine Lundberg's On the Road Home (1998) and Amiel Courtin–Wilson's Chasing Buddha (2000), and in Vicki Mackenzie's book Why Buddhism? (2003). Her nephew's film, Chasing Buddha, documents Courtin's life and her work with death row inmates in the Kentucky State Penitentiary. In 2000, the film was nominated for best direction in a documentary by the Australian Film Institute.
In 2001, Courtin created Chasing Buddha Pilgrimage, which lead pilgrimages to Buddhist holy sites in India, Nepal, and Tibet to raise money for the Liberation Prison Project an association engaged for the Tibetan cause.
- Zopa, Thubten (2007). Courtin, Robina; Finnegan, Diana; Bernard, Michelle (eds.). Dear Lama Zopa: Radical Solutions for Transforming Problems into Happiness. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-289-7.
- McDonald, Kathleen (2006). Courtin, Robina (ed.). How to Meditate: A Practical Guide. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-341-9.
- Yeshe, Lama Thubten (2003). Courtin, Robina (ed.). Becoming the Compassion Buddha: Tantric Mahamudra for Everyday Life. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-343-5.
- Yeshe, Lama Thubten (1998). Courtin, Robina; Cameron, Alisa (eds.). The Bliss of Inner Fire: Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-136-X.
- Rinpoche, Lama Zopa (1993). Courtin, Robina; Cameron, Alisa (eds.). Transforming Problems into Happiness. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-038-X.
- Dondrub, Thubten (2001). Spiritual Friends: Meditations by Monks and Nuns of the International Mahayana Institute. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-325-7.
- MacKenzie, Vicki (2003). Why Buddhism?: Westerners in Search of Wisdom. Element Books. ISBN 0-00-714228-5.
- Morris, Linda (28 April 2005). "A lifeline over the prison walls of the mind". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- Walker, Vanessa (15 November 2000). "Robina and the hoods". The Australian.
- Rachael Kohn, Geoff Wood (13 July 2003). "Chasing Robina". The Spirit of Things. Season July 2003. Radio Nationalhttp://www.abc.net.au/rn/relig/spirit/stories/s897932.htm
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- Stephen Crittenden, David Rutledge (4 May 2005). "Venerable Robina Courtin". The Religion Report. Season Wednesday 4 May 2005. Radio Nationalhttp://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/relrpt/stories/s1365062.htm
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- Robina Courtin (9 September 2007). Compass - Key to Freedom (Television production/DVD). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 November 2007.
Compass follows Robina Courtin as she visits inmates at Long Bay and Junee prisons in NSW..
- Vince Horn, Ryan Oelke (21 September 2008). "Episode 89: Venerable Robina Courtin: Bodhisattva CEO". Buddhist Geeks (Podcast). Buddhist Geeks. Archived from the original on 8 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2009.
- Robina Courtin (3 October 2008). Be Your Own Therapist (Web). Google Tech Talks. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
- Robina Courtin (August 2016). "Unraveling Our Emotions." Dharma Talk for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.
- Richard Fidler (7 September 2017). "Conversations: Why a Buddhist nun found her way to death row". ABC Australia (Podcast). ABC Australia.
- Gregory, Kathleen (October 2001). "Interview with Robina Courtin". Interviews. Ordinary Mind. Retrieved 26 November 2007.[permanent dead link]
- "Ven. Robina". Liberation Prison Project. Archived from the original on 24 November 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2007.
- Saucy, Suzanne (May 2004). Buddhism Behind Bars. An Interview with the Venerable Robina Courtin. Common Ground. Archived from the original on 1 March 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- "Nun's voice breaks new ground in music". The Sunday Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
- "Ven. Robina Courtin". Chasing Buddha Pilgrimage. Archived from the original on 3 March 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2007.
- Alston, Macky (Spring 2004). "Filmmaking as spiritual practice and ministry". Cross Currents. 54 (1): 76–83. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2007.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 January 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Venerable Robina Courtin". Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
- Liberation Prison Project prays and protests for Tibet
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