Austin FPMT Study Group
On Monday, March 2, 2015, Geshe Thubten Soepa departed from Austin, returning to India. Over a period from July 2014 through March 2015, he visited the North America continent. In addition to teachings at the Land of Compassion and Wisdom here in Austin, Geshe-la also visited other Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition centers: Alaska, Vermont, and New York, as well as various locations in Mexico.
Before he left, on February 2150222RefugeGeshe2, 2015, Geshe-la led several members of the Land of Compassion and Wisdom in taking Refuge and Bodhisattva vows, along with giving a teaching on the vows.
On March 1st, Geshe-la was honored at a potluck dinner.
We were so sad to say good-bye to Geshe-la. When he visits, we are honored with teachings on a variety of Buddhist topics. Just a few of the many teachings we received over the last months were: What is Buddhism and Why Is It Beneficial, The Noble Eightfold Path, Karma and Rebirth, An Antidote to Our Delusions, Transforming Problems and Suffering, How Do We Develop Joyful Effort, What To Do with this Special Human Life.
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 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. http://www.robinacourtin.com/biography.php