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Robert Beer – Outsider In.

A one hour radio interview with Robert Beer broadcast on London’s Resonance 104.4fm at 10pm on Wednesday 2nd May 2012. James Tregaskis invited Robert to talk about himself, his life & his work.

The result is a moving & illuminating foray into the mind, heart & soul of one of the pre-eminent researchers of our day in the matters of life & death & what happens after we die.

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Robert Beer has studied and practised Tibetan Art for the past forty years. He is now recognized as one of the foremost scholars in this field.

Author and illustrator of the Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, and the Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols. He has illustrated Indian Mahasiddhas in the book Buddhist Masters of Enchantment.

Over the past fifteen years Robert has been working closely with the most talented thangka painters of the Kathmandu Valley, the Newar artists of Nepal.

He is now curating an exhibition of his work & theirs, currently running at the October Gallery in Old Gloucester Street, until 26th May 2012.

In this interview Robert recounts his life story; he discusses his pivotal experiences including an lsd ‘kundalini crisis’, the death of his little sister &, much later, the death of his beloved elder daughter.

About out of body experiences, near death experiences and lucid dreaming; about his experiences of past lives & the life between those lives, the spirit home.

During the exhibition Robert will be giving four talks, on the 5th, 8th, 18th & 26th of May 2012; details here at October Gallery Events. Entry £Free (donations welcome).

Visit the exhibition, essential viewing; go & listen to Robert’s talks.


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.