Buddhist nun Venerable Robina Courtin visited Crewkerne recently, when she offered an evening talk on the Workshop of the Mind. Venerable Robina was born in Australia and raised as a catholic. During the 1960s and 70s, she trained as a classical singer, before becoming involved in the feminist movement and prisoners rights. In 1974 she began studying martial arts and was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1978.

A major part of her work has been with inmates on death row in the USA, which led her to forming the Liberation Prison project, which she ran until 2009. Venerable Robina leads pilgrimages to Buddhist holy sites in India, Nepal and Tibet. She is a highly regarded international speaker and teacher of immense experience. Her visit to South Somerset was as a guest of the Saraswati Buddhist Group, based in South Petherton. One of the groups long time members Claire Rutigliano organised the talk at the Henhayes Community Centre, which was appreciated by Buddhists and non Buddhists, who liked Venerable Robina’s down to earth approach.

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