Robina is an extraordinary woman, nun, human being … a rebel nun with a big personality and even bigger heart. Ordained since the late 1970s, Ven. Robina is a touring teacher of Buddhism and 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 and executive director of Liberation Prison Project.
In early 1996, when Robina was editor of Mandala, in Santa Cruz, California, she received a letter from a young Mexican-American, Arturo. He was incarcerated at Pelican Bay, a top-security prison in the north of the state, in his cell 23 hours a day. He told her that he’d read a book by Lama Thubten Yeshe and that he was “moved by the teachings on compassion” and wanted to know more about Buddhism. Within a year, she had forty prisoners writing to her; Liberation Prison Project developed from that point on.
Her life and her amazing work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom.
Robina is exceptional, delivering hard core, grounded spiritual service in the places very few others will go. Her compassion changes the lives of the people that the world has discarded, writes off as lost causes … people that some even feel justified in sending to their deaths. Her love pulls people from the darkest places into the light and that by default lightens the vibration of our world, the world we all live in and share. Her service to this world is priceless.