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Robina Courtin (born Melbourne, Australia, December 20, 1944), is a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition and lineage of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa. She is director of the Liberation Prison Project.
Courtin was raised Catholic, and in her youth she was interested in becoming a Carmelite nun. In her young adulthood, she initially 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 and, again, back in Melbourne. In 1976, she took a Buddhist course taught by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa in Queensland.
In November 1977, Courtin traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal to study at Kopan Monastery, where she was ordained as a Buddhist nun. She was Editorial Director of Wisdom Publications until 1987 and Editor of Mandala until 2000. She left Mandala to teach and to develop the Liberation Prison Project.
Robina Courtin's work was 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.
- McDonald, Kathleen (2006), Courtin, Robina, ed., How to Meditate: A Practical Guide, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0861713419 .
- Yeshe, Lama Thubten (2003), Courtin, Robina, ed., Becoming the Compassion Buddha: Tantric Mahamudra for Everyday Life, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0861713435 .
- 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 086171136X .
- Dondrub, Thubten (2001), Spiritual Friends: Meditations by Monks and Nuns of the International Mahayana Institute, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0861713257 .
- MacKenzie, Vicki (2003), Why Buddhism?: Westerners in Search of Wisdom, Element Books, ISBN 0007142285 .
- Morris, Linda (2005-04-28), "A lifeline over the prison walls of the mind", The Sydney Morning Herald, http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/A-lifeline-over-the-prison-walls-of-the-mind/2005/04/27/1114462103536.html, retrieved 2007-22-26 .
- Walker, Vanessa (2000-11-15), "Robina and the hoods", The Australian .
- "Chasing Robina". Rachael Kohn, Geoff Wood. The Spirit of Things. Radio National. 2003-07-13. Transcript.
- "Venerable Robina Courtin". Stephen Crittenden, David Rutledge. The Religion Report. Radio National. 2005-05-04. Transcript.
- Robina Courtin. (2007-09-09). Compass - Key to Freedom. [Television production/DVD]. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.abc.net.au/compass/s2039488.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-26. "Compass follows Robina Courtin as she visits inmates at Long Bay and Junee prisons in NSW." .
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- ↑ Gregory, Kathleen (October, 2001). "Interview with Robina Courtin". Interviews. Ordinary Mind. http://www.ordinarymind.net/Interviews/interview_Oct2001.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
- ↑ "Ven. Robina". Liberation Prison Project. http://www.fpmt.org/teachers/resident/robinacourtin.asp. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
- ↑ Saucy, Suzanne (May, 2004). Buddhism Behind Bars. Common Ground. http://commongroundmag.com/2004/05/buddhismbehindbars0405.html. Retrieved 2007-22-26.
- ↑ "Ven. Robina Courtin". Chasing Buddha Pilgrimage. http://chasingbuddha.org/ven_robina.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Alston, Macky (Spring 2004). "Filmmaking as spiritual practice and ministry". Cross Currents 54 (1): 76–83. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2096/is_1_54/ai_n6095116. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
- ↑ "Venerable Robina Courtin". Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. http://www.liberationprisonproject.org/robina/index.php. Retrieved 2008-07-21.