Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84) was born in Tibet and educated at the great Sera Monastic University. He fled the Chinese occupation of his country in 1959. In the late 1960s, with his chief disciple Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, he began teaching Buddhism to Westerners at Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal. In 1975 they founded the international Buddhist organization the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which now has more than 160 centers, projects, and services worldwide.
Ordained since the late 1970s, Ven. 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 have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom.
"This is a beautiful book. It was Lama Yeshe's unique genius to be
able to render difficult matters in simple, joyous, and encouraging
language. In Mahamudra: How to Discover Our True Nature, he
does that once again, offering us profound guidance about Mahamudra
practice and the experience of emptiness as only someone with his
deep meditative accomplishments and immense heart could do. How
happy I am to hear his voice again here. Venerable Robina Courtin's
remarkably skillful editing has done us all a great kindness. May
we listen to these marvelous teachings in the way they were
originally offered, with great joy and pleasure."
--Jan Willis, author of Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist--One Woman's Spiritual Journey