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Ven. Robina - How Attachment Pervades Our Lives


Guhyasamaja Center Presents: Venerable Robina Courtin - How Attachment Pervades Our Lives.



INTRODUCTORY: Open to all — no prior knowledge or experience required; no registration required


WHEN: July 20th and 21st, 2019. 10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.


Lunch from 12:30-2:00 P.M.  Please check Calendar to confirm 


WHERE: The Guhyasamaja Center, 10875 Main Street, Unit 108, Fairfax, VA



How Attachment Pervades Our Lives


Ven. Robina has provided us a with a document that she will use to teach from during this retreat. Hard copies will be available for everyone during the retreat, but if you would like an electronic version, you can download it here


10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Lunch (On your own) 12:30-2:00 P.M.


What are referred to in the Mahayana Buddhist literature as the "eight mundane concerns" or the "eight worldly dharmas" are, in fact, simply primordial levels of attachment that exist virtually as assumptions in our minds. This assumption is that I must get what I want every second, thus causing us to constantly crave happy feelings, getting nice things, hearing pleasant words with our name in them, and having people approve of us. Attachment can't stand it when we get the opposite!


In fact, the more we look into our minds – be our own therapists, as Lama Yeshe wisely puts it – the more we see that these attitudes inform most of our decisions in daily life, thus causing us anger, anxiety, depression and so much confusion and pain. Reversing these attitudes – so radical! – is the essence of spiritual practice.


In this weekend retreat, with her renowned, dynamic and very practical teaching style, Ven. Robina will help us connect with the tools that exist in the teachings of the Buddha for how to begin to engage in exactly that spiritual practice of working with and reducing these attitudes that give rise to our suffering and cause so much suffering in our world.. This retreat will include meditation, lecture, and discussion. They are appropriate for those new to Buddhism and those who wish to deepen their spiritual understanding and practice.


Ordained since the late 1970s, Robina Courtin has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche's 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.


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The Guhyasamaja Center is affiliated with The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition; Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director



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We follow the Gelug tradition, the same lineage as His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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