“Love is seeing another person and reaching out and wanting them to be happy. It is delight in the happiness of another. Love with no strings.”
Robina Courtin has been a Tibetan Buddhist nun for 34 years. She is currently resident teacher at FPMT’s Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala.
Robina was born in Melbourne, Australia and brought up as a Catholic. She studied classical singing until her early twenties, then went to London in 1967, where she lived for four years. She became actively involved in the radical left, working mainly with a London-based support group for black and Chicano prisoners. In the early 70s she became a feminist and returned to Melbourne in 1972 to work with other radical feminists.
In her quest for a spiritual path, Robina began studying martial arts in 1974 and moved to New York where she studied karate. She continued her studies in Melbourne until 1976 when she attended a Tibetan Buddhist course in Queensland given by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
In November 1977 she went to Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she was ordained. Since then Robina has lived as a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, running various projects for her lamas and teaching all over the world.