Land of Compassion


and Wisdom welcomes


Geshe Soepa to Austin



On Sunday, July 20, 2014 Geshe Thubten Soepa arrived in Austin to, once again, become our “unofficial” resident geshe.  He will be with us for several weeks. Then, at intervals in the Fall and Winter, he’ll take off to give teachings at other Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition centers:  Alaska, Vermont, New York, and Mexico.  In between those trips and then February through his return to India in Spring 2015, Geshe-la will be with us here at Land of Compassion and Wisdom.

On Sunday afternoons from 12N-2:30pm and Monday evenings from 7pm-8:30pm when he is in Austin, Geshe-la will offer classes suitable for all levels of interest in Buddhist philosophy and practice, providing insight and methods to help us live more meaningful and satisfying lives, and ultimately to reach our highest potential.

CHECK OUT THE CALENDAR AT THE END OF THE “EVENTS” PAGE FOR THE SUBJECTS GESHE-LA WILL BE TEACHING AND WHEN HE IS SCHEDULED TO TEACH.  When he is out of town, Land of Compassion and Wisdom returns to our schedule of meeting once a week, on Mondays, continuing our study of Discovering Buddhism (see EVENTS page for more information).

Geshe Soepa studied for 21 years at Sera Jey monastery in India where he passed the highest level of examinations for his Lharampa Geshe degree. He later taught for three years in Sera and Dzongar Choden monasteries. Geshe Soepa served as resident teacher for Aryatara Institut in Germany for 10 years. He has been visiting and teaching at Land of Compassion & Wisdom in Austin, Texas since 2006 where he is the unofficial, part-time, resident teacher.





Venerable Robina Courtin’s Teachings

at the

Land of Compassion and Wisdom


Venerable Robina Courtin gave evening teachings in Austin, April 27 and 28, 2014.  Over two dozen students were present for these wonderful teachings that were like an abbreviated Lam Rim course…so much in so little time.  Suffering, karma, happiness, emptiness, vows, attachment/anger/ignorance, the mind and more; these were not little sips of water but fountains to splash in then try try to absorb!

This was an example of positive collective karma ripening and how precious it was.

Thank you, Venerable Robina, for what you have given us.

 About Venerable Robina.  Ordained in the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (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.