Tsurphu Norbu Drabje

The making of the third appliqué at Tsurphu monastery, Tibet.

The companion piece for the Giant Mahakala appliqué (ceremonial piece). This drabje is used in conjunction with all wraithful deity ceremonies in Tsurphu’s main assembly hall.

Terris Temple is the first Westerner to learn the art of Thangka painting. He studied in Nepal 1966-75 with various traditional Masters. He has been involved with the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism since his initial meeting with the 16th Karmapa in 1969. Terris also does “flower and bird painting”. Along with his wife Leslie Nguyen Temple they are the artists to HH the 17th Karmapa, and working on the making of Tsechur Drabje again for Tsurphu, replacing lost heritage. With its completion Tsurphu’s treasures lost during the Cultural Revolution will be replaced and actively used once again for the benefit of all sentient beings. Besides this project they are presently making a feature documentary film about Tibetan Art with His Holiness the Karmapa.

Terris is the executive director of Liberation Arts, a non profit organization using art to create, preserve, and educate about culture, the arts and environment.

HH Karmapa is the spiritual adviser of the organization.

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