Geshe Soepa

Soon to Leave Austin

and the

Land of Compassion

and Wisdom




Geshe Thubten Soepa arrived in Austin July 20, 2014 to, once again, be our “unofficial” resident geshe.  Over the following several months, he interspersed his Austin stay with trips off to give teachings at other Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition centers:  Alaska, Vermont, and New York.  From late November 2014 through mid-February 2015, he stayed in various FPMT centers in Mexico.

Geshe-La returned to Austin, Tuesday evening, February 17, 2015 for a last visit.  All too soon, on Monday, March 2nd (Texas Independence Day),  he will be returning to India.

While he is back with us, Geshe-La will be giving Refuge and Bodhisattva vows and teachings on those vows.  This will be done Sunday afternoon, February 22nd, 12 noon -3 pm.  These vows may be taken for the first time or to reaffirm them.

On Monday, February 23, 7-8:30 pm, Geshe-La will teach on The Nature of the Mind.

Our last time to be with Geshe-la on this visit will be a potluck, March 1st, 12 noon -3 pm.  Please RSVP to

Check the Calendar at the bottom of the EVENTS page for information on these events. For the locations or questions, please call 512-921-6902 or 512-452-2396.


Geshe Soepa studied for 21 years at Sera Jey monastery in India where he passed the highest level of examinations for his Lharampa Geshe degree. He later taught for three years in Sera and Dzongar Choden monasteries. Geshe Soepa served as resident teacher for Aryatara Institut in Germany for 10 years. He has been visiting and teaching at Land of Compassion & Wisdom in Austin, Texas since 2006 where he is the unofficial, part-time, resident teacher.





Venerable Robina Courtin’s Teachings

at the

Land of Compassion and Wisdom


Venerable Robina Courtin gave evening teachings in Austin, April 27 and 28, 2014.  Over two dozen students were present for these wonderful teachings that were like an abbreviated Lam Rim course…so much in so little time.  Suffering, karma, happiness, emptiness, vows, attachment/anger/ignorance, the mind and more; these were not little sips of water but fountains to splash in then try try to absorb!

This was an example of positive collective karma ripening and how precious it was.

Thank you, Venerable Robina, for what you have given us.

 About Venerable Robina.  Ordained in the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (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.