The Flower Raj - People & Places in the land of the Gods - India revisited. Tsurphu Norbu Drabje.
the making of the third appliqué at tsurphu monastery, tibet


I first met Terris Temple in Sarnath, spring of 1966; since then our paths have crossed serendipitously, enough to track his extraordinary life in Tibetan Buddhism & thangka painting; here below is a video he made of the making and installation of the third great Tsurphu appliqué ceremonial piece.

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Produced & Directed by Terris Temple, Temple Art Studios:

Tsurphu Monastery (Wikipedia Tsurphu Monastery) is at 14,000 feet and the traditional home of the Karmapas (heads of the Karma Kagyu); the monastery was founded in 1159.

Terris Temple was the first Westerner to study Tibetan thangka painting & formed a relationship with HH Karmapa XVI, dating from those halycon days of the 1960s when access was possible due to so few foreigners ever even having heard of the Tibetan diaspora; it's hard to imagine, in 2012, how bereft & unknown the great traditions of Tibetan Buddhism were to the world outside a handful of refugee camps in India.

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

Terris Temple 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.

     Liberation Arts


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