Therapy Through Truth

Hopefully you're in a good state of mind and ready to take all of this all in.  Even just the first 25 minutes are quite dense, but it loosens up later as the audience asks questions.

Robina Courtin is a powerful speaker, we could all learn a few lessons just from her style of delivery alone.  

It has been my experience that even women who are at the top of their profession (lecturers, lawyers, business presenters, and intellectuals in the sciences) often deliver public presentations with self-effacement and nervous self-consciousness of both their audience or their own appearance.    Alternatively, on equal footing with similar male intellectuals, they can drone on, leaving everyone squirming in their chairs with boredom.   Even if public speaking is typically an activity that makes both sexes nervous, I can't help thinking that a bald woman in a monk's robe is likely feeling more at ease during a lecture than even a woman like Hilary Clinton, herself having gone through a transformation from a somewhat diminutive first lady to strong negotiator and solid political persona.   

There was some debate on the youtube video itself as to whether Courtin actually embodies the Buddhist teachings she is performing, as she is quite short with one of the audience members who asks if she agrees that it is limiting to attribute particular metaphysical assertions or mind training techniques exclusively with Buddhism.   The young woman goes on to imply that it would be better to allow someone to come to these conclusions on their own without associating them with Buddhism.  A surprising question as Courtin had explained quite clearly earlier that Buddha himself openly admits to having borrowed Hindu mediation as a foundation for his revelations.  She also pointed out the Dalai Lama has told followers that if you find Buddha's teachings wrong through contemplation and logic, then you must reject them.  Her response to the woman's question was to swiftly point out that we are in charge of our development, and encourages cautious analysis of what we learn. 

The "tool kit" presented by Buddha over 2000 years ago is something that he expected people to criticise, expand upon or cast it aside if they choose.   I got the sense that Courtin's  harshness came from frustration with repeating herself and it was telling of her lack of patience with those who do not listen, but her flash of emotion did not undermine the overall impact of the clear rational explanations she was providing.  

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