with Kristina Mah and Ven. Robina Courtin
Monday, November 9, 2020 7:00pm and
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 noon
Pacific Standard Time
This program is being offered twice to accommodate people who want to participate from different time zones. We are using the Zoom video conferencing system for this event. Please register below to receive your online access information. The same Zoom link will provide access to either program time.
Our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946, within sight of the cave of the Lawudo Lama. Kunzang Yeshe, was a married Ngakpa lama with a son and a daughter, while searching for a suitable place to meditate in solitude, he discovered a beautiful stone cave marked with various auspicious signs. Just such a cave, a greatly blessed place of holy beings called the Cave of Blissful Attainments, was mentioned in a very secret text of Padmasambhava, and after clearing out this cave, he declared that it was that very self-created cave, given to him by Padmasambhava himself.
From the time he was able to crawl, Lama Zopa Rinpoche tried to climb the steep path leading from his home to the cave. When old enough to speak, he declared that the cave was his. When publicly examined at four years of age, Zopa Rinpoche repeatedly identified possessions of the Lawudo Lama, and was formally declared the rightful incarnation of the Lama Kunsang Yeshe.
Please join us for a Virtual Pilgrimage from Kathmandu to Lawudo with Venerable Robina Courtin, and a talk about Padmasambhava, considered by some as an emanation of Amithaba, and a description of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's plans reveal Lawudo as the Guru Rinpoche Pure Land that it has always been.
Since being ordained as a Buddhist nun in the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full-time 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. Venerable Robina leads pilgrimages to the Buddhist Holy Sites in Nepal and India.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Kristina Mah has worked on the Lawudo Trek since meeting Ven. Robina in early 2016. The Lawudo Trek began from the idea of wishing to go to Rinpoche’s cave with a group of open-minded and inspired people and raise money for Lawudo Gompa, its carers and community.
Ven. Robina Courtin and Kristina Mah have led several treks to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s cave in the Himalayas, which raise money for Lawudo, in particular to fulfill Rinpoche’s vision to build a replica of Guru Rinpoche’s Pure Land.
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